The Pegasus Project Newsletter
MARCH 2018

Ready to embrace your inner cowboy? Due to chronic February rainfall and a stormy forecast for March 4th, we have moved our quarterly Open House to  Sunday, March 11th. Slip on your jeans and boots and spend your afternoon at the beautiful Pegasus Ranch. Every three months, The Pegasus Project swings open the gates for an Open House. Tour our facility from 1pm to 4pm, meet the horses, and get to know our incredible staff. We'll have a hayride tour at 2pm, serve refreshments, and have Pegasus logo attire on sale. Admission is free!

It's one thing to follow The Pegasus Project from afar, but there is NOTHING quite like seeing this operation in person. The minute you step foot on the ranch, you feel the sense of relief, peace and safety experienced by every horse. We have created a little horse heaven on earth for these most deserving creatures. Come out and see the magic for yourself!

~Horsemanship Clinic~
Bruce Logan returns to the Pegasus Ranch
March 23, 24 & 25

The Pegasus Project is fortunate to be affiliated with some very fine horsemen. We are particularly fortunate that these horsemen are willing to come share their knowledge with the people of East Texas. Bruce Logan, the 2016 AQHA VRH Open Ranch Cutting World Champion, will be teaching a clinic at the Pegasus Ranch on March 23, 24 and 25.

Bruce, who operates a seven thousand acre working cattle ranch in Loving, Texas, is a gifted colt starter. He is known throughout the US and abroad for his ability to help challenging horses work through problematic patterns and behaviors. Bruce has started thousands of colts and worked with countless horses trained in all disciplines. His horsemanship philosophy is based on a foundation that helps the horse stay confident and supple. He believes in putting the horse's mind, body and spirit first to accomplish the goals set for the horse and rider.  

On March 23, 24 and 25, Bruce will be at the Pegasus ranch working with a variety of horses and students, including Pegasus trainers Anthony LaSpina and Chelsea Hopson and many Pegasus horses. If you are interested in riding with Bruce or simply auditing this clinic, click here for details:  Bruce Logan Clinic 

You can call me  Hollywood

Sundance in all his glory

On June 3, 2011, The Pegasus Project conducted a seizure operation in Jacksonville, Texas, consisting of six mares, two stallions, one stud donkey, and three cattle, all running loose together in a filthy, barren junkyard. After a court battle with the owner, Pegasus was awarded all of the animals. It turned out that five of the six mares were pregnant, and those babies were ultimately born healthy at the Pegasus ranch. Sundance (who was four years old at the time) was one of the stallions from that herd and the father of three of those babies, Audrey, Little Bear and Belle. We named Sundance with Robert Redford in mind since this golden boy possesses maximum movie star quality. His personality is playful, self-assured and engaging, and he has a face the camera loves! Sundance was in the best shape of that herd, being a little on the thin side but not emaciated like most of the other horses. We quickly brought him back to full health and converted him to a sweet gelding. 

From the beginning Sundance was friendly and people-oriented. We started him under saddle in January 2012, and he received most of his initial training with Bruce Logan, who we consider to be the most talented colt-starter around. Sundance lived at Bruce's ranch in Loving, Texas for several months, where he rode the range, worked cattle and learned about the great outdoors! Bruce showcased Sundance at the Pegasus Open House event in June 2012, where he proved to be a crowd favorite. Sundance next went to live with Pegasus board member, Lorna Russell, who kept his training moving forward. In early 2013, Sundance came back to the Pegasus Ranch and continued his development with our oh-so-talented head trainer, Don Knapp. 

In February 2013, acclaimed horseman and author, Mark Rashid, spotted Sundance at Pegasus while teaching a clinic. Mark decided to adopt Sundance and include him in his upcoming film,  Out of the Wild. (Mark wrote the novel and screenplay upon which the movie is based.) In April 2013, Mark returned to Texas to claim his new horse, and Sundance moved to Estes Park, Colorado to prepare for movie stardom. Mark continued Sundance's training and prepared him for a role in the movie. 

In the fall of 2015, Sundance lived in Las Vegas with Mark during the filming of Out of the Wild. Sundance was utilized in several scenes, even stretching his acting chops by playing a mistreated mare! Tin 2016 the movie premiered at the Equus Film Festival in New York City, winning the Director's Choice Award. 

After wrapping the film, Mark Rashid made the difficult decision to donate Sundance back to The Pegasus Project so that he can be adopted out to one very special and lucky adopter. Since his return to Pegasus, Sundance returned to Bruce Logan's ranch for a few months to get tuned up working cattle. His is now back at the Pegasus ranch and ready for adoption. This is a spectacular horse with an excellent temperament and impeccable training. Keep your eye on this beauty as we are sure he has an amazing life ahead! 

If you are interested in adoption Sundance, please go to our website and read all about our adoption policies. We'd love to hear from qualified candidates!

Sundance with Chelsea Hopson at Pegasus Ride for a Rescue 2017

Pegasus trainers, Anthony LaSpina and Chelsea Hopson, riding
Sundance and his colt, Little Bear, at Ride for a Rescue 2017

A Note from Allyson
Gia Update
We are pleased to report that Gia continues to improve. Due to signs of weakness in her hindquarters, we tested her for the neurological disease EPM, and unfortunately the results were positive. We began treatment on February 12th, and she has done great! Dr. Rob Thoni expects she will make a full recovery. We shall re-test her after 30 days of treatment and keep you posted.

Since Gia continued to improve and to get stronger every day,  one of our veterinarians, Dr. Adam Byrd, determined it was time for intensive treatment of her injured right eye. By February 20th, she was strong and stable enough to make the hour-long trailer ride to Dr. Thoni's clinic in Kilgore. After consulting with an equine ophthalmologist, the decision was made to place a lavage to provide round-the-clock antibiotics and anti-fungal medications directly into Gia's right eye.

Gia proved to be brave and confident, and she took the trailer ride and the new clinic surroundings in stride. Dr. Thoni reports that Gia is in good spirits and eating well. There is currently some clearing of the cloudiness in her eye, but it is too soon to say if she will have vision. Our goal is to save the eyeball and as much vision as possible. As of March 1st, Gia remains under Dr. Thoni's loving care. We hope to hear of positive progress in the next few days. 

One of Gia's fans on Facebook called her a "warrior princess" with a strong will to live. She is indeed a fighter. We are optimistic that Gia will make a full recovery, keep her eye, and clear all EPM symptoms. We look forward to getting her back to the ranch, where she can continue her path to a very bright future!

If you would like to make a donation to help with Gia's medical treatment, click here and put "Gia" in your note: Donate

Allyson DeCanio
President, The Pegasus Project

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March 3 - Trailer Loading Clinic

 March 11 - Open House 

March 22 - Pegasus Partner Happy Hour

March 23, 24 & 25 - Bruce Logan Horsemanship Clinic  

 April 28 - Wings Over Pegasus  


Thursday, March 22
5:30 pm
DeCanio Front Porch
Pegasus Ranch 

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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