The Pegasus Project Newsletter

Movie Premiere at Pegasus

Come join us on Saturday, November 12th for the East Texas premiere of the movie "Harry and Snowman." This amazing story details the rags to riches journey of a rescue horse who became the world's greatest show jumper. This historic tale was first recounted in the book "The Eight Dollar Champion," which has now been adapted to the big screen. 

Dutch immigrant, Harry deLeyer, journeyed to the United States after World War II, and developed a transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. Harry paid eighty dollars for the horse and named him Snowman. In less than two years, Harry and Snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nation's blue bloods. They were famous in their day and traveled around the world together. Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and crafted a friendship that lasted a lifetime. Eighty-six year old Harry tells their Cinderella love story firsthand, as he continues to train on today's show jumping circuit. 

This fantastic evening will include a silent auction, buffet dinner catered by Torchy's Tacos with complimentary beer & wine, followed by the movie with soda and popcorn. After the movie, the kids will get a shot at bursting open a cowboy boot piƱata full of candy!

Advance tickets are just $20 for adults and $10 for kids under sixteen. Tickets at the door are $25 each. All proceeds benefit the horses of The Pegasus Project. Purchase tickets by clicking this link: Harry and Snowman Premiere Your name will be on the list when you arrive. See you there!!

Special thanks to our wonderful sponsors:
All American Party and Tent Rental
The County Line Magazine
Dobbs & Tittle, P.C.
The Pamela Walters Group
Athens Farm & Garden
Door Controls USA, Inc.
Athens Tractor & Equipment
Root Construction
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~Horsemanship Clinics~
Bruce Logan
November 5 - 6 @ Pegasus Ranch
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, Mark Rashid and Crissi McDonald are three of these amazing horsemen, and they will all be teaching clinics at the Pegasus ranch this month. 

Bruce Logan, 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 November 5 & 6, Bruce will be at the Pegasus ranch working with a variety of horses and students, including several Pegasus mules and horses from the Phoenix Herd. All rider slots are filled, but auditors are welcome. Click here for details:  Bruce Logan.

Mark Rashid & Crissi McDonald
November 9 - 15 @ Pegasus Ranch

Mark Rashid is an internationally acclaimed horse trainer and author known for his ability to understand the horse's point of view and solve difficult problems with communication rather than force. He began working with horses at age ten, when he met the "old man," who taught him to work with horses, not against them, and to listen to what the horse is trying to say. Mark's clinics center on one-on-one work with horse and rider and are immensely popular with people around the world.

Mark's wife, Crissi McDonald, is an accomplished horseman in her own right. As a student of Mark's, she has taken his concepts of softness and communication and developed her own brand of horsemanship. Crissi is wildly popular because of her quiet, clear, and practical approach in teaching students how to improve their relationships with their horses. Crissi also practices the Masterson Method and works her magic with students' horses at clinics to improve their mental and physical well being using these techniques. 

Mark and Crissi will be at the Pegasus ranch for sessions throughout the days of November 9 - 11 and 13 - 15. Some rider slots are still available and auditors are welcome. Click her for details: Rashid/McDonald Clinic 

Please feel free to contact Allyson DeCanio (903-539-9851) with any questions about these clinics.

A Note from Allyson
Matches Made in Heaven
When it comes to people and horses, there may be no such thing as the "perfect" match. However, it is our goal that every adoption of a Pegasus horse be as close to perfect as it gets. Without question, our number one priority is the long-term well being of the horse. We promise every horse who enters our gates that we will protect him for the rest of his life. As a result, the adoption contract prohibits the adopter from ever selling, trading or giving away the horse. If the adopter cannot keep the animal for the rest of his natural life, the horse must be returned to Pegasus. This policy exists because, sadly, every horse is at risk of being just one owner away from a trip to the auction or slaughterhouse. 

Of course, the horse's long-term well being is inextricably tied to the safety, welfare, happiness and skill of the adopter. We strive to produce horses who are well-mannered and good-minded with solid foundations. We go to great lengths to ensure that our adopters and horses get to know and trust each other before the adoption is finalized. We offer lessons and sponsorship programs to educate and enhance the skill of the adopters prior to taking the horse home. Our polices hold adopters to high standards for housing, care and horsemanship. We do our best to make everyone happy, but at the end of the day, it's about the horses. We pour our hearts into each and every rescue horse, and we want nothing but the best outcome for them.

If you are looking for this type of experience when acquiring your next horse, then Pegasus may be the place for you. When you adopt a Pegasus horse, you become a member of our family, and we will be there to support you through thick and thin. 

If you'd like to read more about our adoption process and review our contracts, click this link: Adoption 

Allyson DeCanio
President, The Pegasus Project
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Thursday, November 17
5:30 pm
The Forge
Ben Wheeler, Texas

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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Did you know Pegasus relies entirely on private donations? Our regular monthly donors, known as  Pegasus Partners , are our most treasured assets. For as little as $10/month you can help provide us with a predictable source of income at a much lower cost than any other fundraising method.

While we are very  appreciative of  one-time donations, the monthly donations of our Pegasus Partners   allow us to plan ahead.


Our ability to save these helpless horses, donkeys and mules depends on YOUR donations!


We cannot do this without you! Please consider making a monthly donation so we may continue to rescue horses that have no future without us.


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