APRIL 2019


~Wings Over  Pegasus~ 
Saturday, April 20th

Wings Over Pegasus is our annual airplane and equine extravaganza held here at the 95-acre Pegasus Ranch, located at 7111 FM 2339 in Murchison. The entire family will enjoy a casual, carnival atmosphere featuring "The Raptor" airshow, skydivers, horses, and variety of airplanes and helicopters. Guests can visit with the Pegasus trainers and staff to meet, pet and learn about the horses and get information regarding adoption and sponsorship opportunities. The SPCA of East Texas will also be on-site with a variety of adoptable dogs.

You do not want to miss out on these amazing opportunities:
  • EAA Young Eagles free airplane rides for kids 8-17 
  • Raffle drawing for two round-trip tickets on Southwest Airlines
  • Photo opportunity with "Pegasito," the winged-donkey in his kissing booth
  • Easter egg hunt
  • Pony rides
  • Paint A Horse
  • Art Station
  • Gourmet Food Trucks
  • Face painting
  • Helicopter Rides
  • Horse Poop Roulette
  • Bounce House
  • Amazing Silent Auction
Admission is $10/vehicle. Food, refreshments, and participation in activities and games are available for purchase, with all proceeds benefiting the horses of The Pegasus Project. 
 
For full details click here:  WINGS OVER PEGASUS

Huge thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors of Wings Over Pegasus:

Lynn Mutschler
Elizabeth Murray & Jim Meara
Ariana M. Sparks
Dobbs & Tittle, PC
The Pamela Walters Group
Sandra & Larry James
Allyson & Mike DeCanio
Retail Union Partners
Caren Carr
Jane Barlow
Erica & Mike McCrary
Southwest Airlines
Susie Shelton
Jan Cooper
Deborah Race
David Cash
Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation
Lisa Malone
Anne & George Ellis
Julia Howry
Paperback Promotionals
County Line Magazine
All American Party and Tent Rentals
Meg & Ralph LaSpina
Dan & Melissa Severtson
Circle Star Pet Resort
Glenn Patterson
Captain Don Howe
Hugh Hunton
Amber & Keith Skoskie
Amber Owen & Bancorp South


~Let The Training Begin~
The Winona Boys
Playboy beginning to accept a saddle

In last month's newsletter, we announced our plan to pull Whiskey and Poco from their herd at the James' ranch and begin their saddle training. Well, the best laid plans of mice and men! Whiskey told us he wasn't quite ready to leave paradise, and Playboy volunteered to get in the trailer. And so Poco and Playboy are the two lucky fellows who have started down the path to becoming saddle horses. 

With Bruce Logan here for four days, we figured it was a good time for Pegasus trainer, Anthony LaSpina, to introduce Playboy and Poco to the fundamentals. Anthony started off by cinching each of them up with a bareback pad to get them accustomed to the sensation of a cinch. That went very well, and so he moved on to saddles with back cinches. Once they were accepting the saddles without incident, Anthony saddled them in his colt-starting saddle and spent time stepping on and off. Both Poco and Playboy proved to be good minded, willing and eager to learn. Poco in particular took everything in stride. Anthony got a first ride on each of them before Bruce loaded the boys up and headed to his cattle ranch in Loving, Texas. They will spend the next three months in training with Bruce, at which time they will return to the Pegasus ranch. 

Anthony and Poco

Playboy and Poco will return with Bruce for his horsemanship clinic at the Pegasus ranch schedule for June 27 - June 30. Bruce and Anthony will work with them during that clinic, and the public is invited to audit. Also, at that time, we will have pulled Mucho, Cool and Whiskey, and they will get their start under saddle at the June clinic. After those four days, Mucho, Whiskey and Cool will go home with Bruce for the same three-month experience Playboy and Poco received. 

Stay tuned for all future developments with the Winona Boys! If you aren't familiar with the story of the Winona Herd, click this link to read all about it: WINONA HERD


~Anna Is Back~

Anna is a lovely, little mare who recently returned to The Pegasus Project after having been adopted three years ago. Due to life circumstances for her adopter, Anna is back and getting ready to be adopted again! 

Anna is a 12-year-old Paint who came to our attention in 2015 because of Texas State Trooper, Mitzi Storey. Mitzi was called about this neglected horse located in Henderson County. Mitzi went out to investigate and was told by neighbors that the horse was regularly left without food or water and with no pasture to graze. In addition, the neighbors reported that they had witnessed one of the owners beating the horse and attempting to ride her, despite her emaciated condition. Another mare on the property was reported to have died of malnutrition, leaving behind an orphan foal. That foal is Sloane, who Pegasus also rescued. You can read all about Sloane by clicking here: SLOANE

After Mitzi and the Henderson County Sheriff's Department made contact with the owners, they agreed to relinquish both Anna and Sloane to Pegasus. We picked them up on October 15, 2015. Anna was thin and wormy, but she recovered quickly. Anna was the victim of some sort of accident. Half of her right eye lid is missing, and she has a scar next to the right side of her mouth and on her back right foot. None of these injuries appear to cause her any trouble.



After just six weeks in our care, Anna obtained proper body weight. She had a benign tumor growing on her right side just behind her front leg. Dr. Adam Byrd removed this tumor and stitched Anna up. After healing was complete, we started Anna under saddle. She proved to be sweet and kind. She is easy to catch and trim, and providing medical care for her is a breeze. She stands at liberty for grooming and fly spray. 

Anna started very nicely under saddle and has proven not to be at all spooky. She took to training like a champ and was adopted in August of 2016. She returned to us in February 2019, and we have been working to tune her up. Anna is a horse that is safe for most any rider. She is willing and kind, and she moves on down the trail. She is on the smaller side, about 14.2, and so she needs a rider who is not too big or heavy. 

Please click HERE to view Anna's photo album. If you are interested in adopting Anna, please review our Adoption Process and then contact us. 

A Note from Allyson

 
Winona Herd Update

Last month we announced that Sinnamon and Skipper, the bonded pair from the Winona Herd, had gone to their foster home with Robert, Gwen and Zach Hansen. Today, I am pleased to share that the Hansen family decided to keep Skipper & Sinnamon and have adopted them into their forever home! Or as Robert told me, "Sinnamon and Skipper decided they wanted to adopt us." This makes our hearts very happy! They have integrated beautifully into the Hansens' existing herd of two horses, two ponies, and a bunch of cattle. Love wins!

Sinnamon & Skipper

With the adoption of Sinnamon and Skipper, that makes 33 Winona Herd horses adopted into loving homes since we began this journey. In addition, we have the five former stallions (Poco, Playboy, Whiskey, Cool and Mucho) all of whom are now in the Pegasus training program, preparing for their eventual adoptions. That leaves us with just two Winona Herd mares in need of a new family.

Sinnamon and Skipper -
happy in their new herd

Lilly and Stormy (Winona Nos. 11 & 14) are the final two mares that Pegasus rescued from this herd. Both are beautiful and have very sweet temperaments. They are easy to handle, they stand nicely for the vet and the farrier, and they love to be groomed. These mares are friends, and it would be nice if they were to be adopted together, but it is not a requirement. Stormy and Lilly are currently living safely and happily at the Pegasus ranch, where they shall remain until they are adopted. 

Stormy & Lilly

We are taking care of all of Lilly's and Stormy's needs. They have been vaccinated and their Coggins are drawn. We have also had dental work done on both. They are being regularly de-wormed and their feet are being trimmed every four weeks. At 20 and 21 years of age, they are not rideable but will make excellent companion horses for a family who just wants horses to love. 

Click the following link to read all about the Winona Herd and to see Stormy's and Lilly's papers. WINONA HERD
 
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or are interested in adopting Stormy and Lilly!

Allyson DeCanio
President, The Pegasus Project

For questions or comments, email: allyson@mypegasusproject.org



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Drawing at Wings Over Pegasus on April 20, 2019
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-or-
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All proceeds benefit the horses of
 The Pegasus Project

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Thursday, April 25th 
5:30 pm
The Forge
Ben Wheeler, TX 

Monthly, fun,  information-packed meetings for  Pegasus supporters at various locations throughout the year. All Pegasus Partners at the $25/month level and higher are Happy Hour members. Membership includes a car decal, a Pegasus hat or t-shirt, a Pegasus logo wine glass and an open invitation  to every meeting!  Discuss the latest Pegasus news and connect with other like-minded horse fans. (Your wine glass is free, but the wine isn't! We know how much you drink!)

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