February 2022
Greetings Friends:
You are probably wondering what I have been up to? I am so glad you asked.

My first two months at LTR have focused on completing a comprehensive organizational assessment and presenting it to the Board of Directors. The two major conclusions of this report were that we need to focus our efforts on realignment and resource development.

LTR is a “Public Trust Corporation” which means that you have entrusted us to use your resources to accomplish our collective mission. A large part of this philosophy is constant evaluation and responsiveness to current conditions while planning for the future. In this case this means realignment.

Realignment can seem like a scary concept and has different meanings to different people. From our perspective it simply means doing the best with the resources that we have and leveraging them to pave our path forward to sustainability. This will take many forms including cost control measures, enhancing program efficiency and restructuring staffing. The result will be the long-term sustainability of LTR.

Key to this effort is the dual focus on aggressive resource development. In the coming days, you will notice more resource development efforts to choose from. This is because we now have many additional expenses to support of our "Forever Home." We appreciate and honor every gift of support that you have made and will make to LTR but don’t expect you to support every event or campaign. We have asked a lot of you, are eternally grateful and would not be here today without your ongoing love and support. So, please come out to support what speaks to your heart and bring a friend or a family member along for the ride.

Yours In Service,
Paul D. Shane
Executive Director
Volunteer Spotlight
This month we are turning our Volunteer Spotlight on the Boots & Bridles Barn Dance Fundraising Committee. Please give a shout out to Amy Legan, Committee Chair; Joyce Gill; Beth Czerwinski; Susan McMunn; Kathleen Giusti; Linda Beckman; mand Christie McKitrick. Also, please take a moment to welcome our newest member of the committee, Samantha Richard from M&T Bank. Sam brings a lot of enthusiasm and energy to the table, and we are looking forward to working with her!

The Boots & Bridles Barn Dance (formerly the Preakness Party) is our signature fundraising event and is responsible for 30% of our annual revenue. It takes place on Saturday, May 21st at the farm in Lovettsville.
Program Spotlight
We are excited to partner with the EQUUS Foundation for the Stepping Out for America's Horses campaign to raise awareness of the positive impact of horses in our lives and their need for protection. The Stepping Out campaign is a great way to demonstrate your philanthropic power.

Representing LTR in this campaign is our trusty steed Bojangles, partnering with Jimmy, an Equine Services for Heroes program participant, accompanied by his wife Pat.

You can donate now to the EQUUS Foundation campaign and 100% of the proceeds will go to LTR, Bojangles and the rest of the herd:
Hero Spotlight
On Saturday, March 26th from 2-5 pm we will be hosting a free open house at the farm for active-duty military, veterans, and their families, friends, and supporters. Representatives from the Leesburg VFW, Lovettsville American Legion, One Family Foundation, and Veterans Moving Forward will also be in attendance.

If you have ever been curious about the healing power of horses, or just want to hang out with your brothers and sisters in arms, please come on out! Meet our human and horse herd and learn about our exciting programs. It's going to be a fun day in the country!

🎸 Live music by Chris Ellinghaus
🍺 Beer from One Family Brewing
🌮 Taco truck and barbecue
🎯 Yard games
🐴 Horse noses available to be petted

More information about the event can be found on our website: Veterans' Open House
Community Spotlight
We are proud to announce the launch of our “Grazing For Good" (GFG) Program. GFG is a community partnership with restaurants across Loudoun County to support LTR. Our vision is to create a network of restaurant partners across the county so that anywhere you are, at any time - morning, noon, or night - you can dine at a location that donates a minimum of 10% of the GFG plate special to us. You will need to scan a QR code and present it at the time of ordering or when making reservations, then order the GFG special off the menu and enjoy knowing that you are supporting a great cause.

DC Prime Steaks and Seafood is our pilot program partner! DC Prime is located at 20120 Lakeview Center, Ashburn, VA 20147 

Beginning on March 7th, every Monday night, DC Prime will feature a Grazing For Good special and donate 10% of the proceeds from the special to LTR. It is that easy!!
Please contact Paul Shane, Executive Director at if you know any restaurant owners who would be willing to sign up for the Grazing For Good Program. Every penny helps.
How You Can Help LTR:
Shop our Angel Wish List ("The Big Five")
1.  Mortgage Payout: 1.2 million dollars. Farm naming rights available
2.  Roof replacement for barn and indoor arena: $300,000. Barn naming rights available.
3.  A portable building (to use as an education center).
4.  Sea Container storage units (1-4)
5.  Donated truck: capable of towing a bumper-pull horse trailer to transport horses for community outreach and emergencies. Contact Executive Director Paul Shane ( to donate.
Lost Barrel Sunday FUNDay - Sunday, April 3. 10% of all beer purchases will go directly to Loudoun Therapeutic Riding. For more information, contact Christie at

Putt for Ponies Charity Golf Tournament - Monday, April 25. For more information, contact Eric Byer or you can check out the webpage here: Putt for Ponies 2022
Support the Herd
We are seeking special horses to join our therapy herd!
Therapy horses are quiet, friendly, tolerant, and suitable for beginners of all ages:
  • Between 10 and 18 years old
  • Open to free lease, donation, or purchase – donations are tax-deductible
  • Trial period preferable
  • Must walk, trot, and canter sound
  • Some maintenance is fine!

We are also looking for driving horses:
  • Very road-safe, quiet horse with 5+ years of driving experience
  • Riding capability a plus!
Please no “green” horses. Send bio, photos, and videos to
Next Volunteer Training: Saturday, February 26, at 2:00 pm at the farm. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Heather Payne:
Give Choose, Loudoun County's Day of Giving, is
Tuesday, March 29th.
Early Giving begins March 15!

Don't wait to wait 'til then? You can still support the 2021 Annual Appeal!
Remember, you can support a local business AND LTR by visiting Another Turn Tack in Purcellville - check out Gnomeo's Wish List.
Or you can purchase items from the Amazon Wish List (through Amazon Smile benefiting LTR!) and have it shipped DIRECTLY to us!
Do you have an old car, truck, RV, or boat that needs to move on to greener pastures?

Donate to and choose Loudoun Therapeutic Riding as the nonprofit beneficiary!

Thank you to our sponsors: