The Pegasus Project Newsletter

Mike DeCanio with Dolly (his Pegasus rescue horse) at RFR 2014

Annual Charity Trail Ride

It's time for the 5th Annual Pegasus "Ride for a Rescue," Saturday, October 29, 2016 at the beautiful Miars Arabian Ranch in Murchison, Texas. We'd like to welcome all of our supporters, riders and non-riders alike, to come out and enjoy the day. 

For riders, bring your horse and join us for a full day of horse fun! We will explore the ranch on a nice, easy-paced, guided ride through wooded trails and along gorgeous, open hay meadows. There will be a "poker run" for prizes, as well as fun horse contests and games for prizes. Non-riders are encouraged to come and enjoy the day with us and participate in the poker run and games. Following the ride, we will have a hot catered meal from  Torchy's Tacos  with complimentary drinks ( beer, wine, water and soda ). 

Pick up the latest  Pegasus-logo apparel  and buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a gorgeous horse-themed, handmade quilt by Crissi McDonald of Estes Park, Colorado. The  raffle  will be held at the close of the day, and you need not be present to win. You can purchase your raffle tickets in advance by clicking here: Raffle tickets

This event is limited to 50 riders, and so register today! Riders and non-riders must register in advance. For riders, if you register before October 15th, you will receive a discount.  For more details and to register, please visit our website by clicking the link below: 

~Western Dressage Clinic~
with Mike Corcoran
One rider slot still available
Auditors welcome

The Pegasus Project proudly announces that we will be hosting Mike Corcoran on October 8th and 9th. Mike will be offering Western Dressage instruction in private lesson format. The cost of this two-day clinic is $250. Riders shall receive one-hour of private lessons per day and are welcome to audit the other riders' lessons at no additional charge. Auditors are welcome to attend at a cost of $30/person/day. The clinic will run from 8am until 5pm each day with a one hour lunch break at noon. Lunch (for riders) and outdoor pens for your horses will also be provided at no added cost. A tent for shade will be on-site for auditors, but please bring a chair and beverages.

Dressage is the art of riding and training a horse in a manner that develops obedience, flexibility and balance. Mike's version of Western Dressage is based on classical dressage principles and riding tests. He promotes the use of snaffle bits and making dressage fun, not intimidating. Dressage done correctly is the ultimate communication with an equine partner.

Mike Corcoran grew up in the horse world and was surrounded by many types and breeds of horses. As a youngster, quarter horses were his favorite. He participated in western pleasure, hunter jumper, reining and a little cutting. Later Mike decided to go to western saddle-making school in Amarillo, Texas. This led him to saddle fitting, and ultimately he was introduced to fitting traditional dressage saddles. He then traveled all over the US fitting and selling English saddles. Along the way he started taking dressage lessons to fully understand the dressage discipline. In 2011, Western Dressage was introduced, allowing him to combine both disciplines! Mike built his first Western dressage saddle in 2012 and started showing and giving lessons to introduce this new and fast growing discipline.
In Mike's clinics, he teaches dressage principles to western riders. Traditional English dressage riders are also welcome! These principles include "polite contact," bending, and effective use of the seat and legs. The benefits of dressage can extend the usefulness of any equine partner by teaching self carriage and proper muscle development. Any person and any horse, mule or pony, can do some degree of dressage. And it can be fun!

For more information or to sign up for the clinic, contact Allyson DeCanio at  

The Sky is the Limit
Newt being ridden by Emily Flanagan

This is Newt. He was a yearling stud colt saved by Upshur County authorities from certain starvation in November 2011. When discovered, Newt had no food and no water. Dr. Craig Ball of Gilmer took him in and cared for him for a week before Pegasus accepted him into our program at the request of the SPCA of East Texas. Newt had potential adopters lined up, but he turned out to be a tricky little colt. He's quick and athletic and a bit skittish. We got him all fixed up (including making him a gelding) and in February of 2012, he was adopted by professional horseman, Ray Sebastian, who formerly served as Pegasus' trainer. We recognized immediately that Newt needed a pro to bring out the best in him. Ray got Newt going and used him to do a little cutting work.

Because of a change in Ray's profession, he now travels extensively and is not around enough to keep this young horse occupied. As a result, we brought him back to Pegasus in November 2015. At 6 years of age, Newt needs lots of attention. Newt is good-minded but reactive. He will need a rider with skill and confidence. Dale has been riding Newt extensively since his return, and we are very pleased with his progress. He is smart, willing and super athletic. Newt has endless potential.

During the summer of 2016, Emily Flanagan began coming to Pegasus with her friend, Melissa Hadley, who was looking to adopt. Melissa ended up adopting Pegasus horse Jessie, and in the meantime, Emily fell in love with Newt. Emily comes out regularly and rides Newt, awaiting the day that her life lines up in such a way to complete his adoption. Emily is a highly-skilled rider and has begun exposing Newt to a little jumping. This boy has scope!! We are excited about this pairing and look forward to Newt and Emily becoming lifelong partners. Fingers crossed!

To view Newt's full photo album, click here: NEWT

A Note from Allyson
North Texas Giving Day
Preliminary Results Are In
What a day!  On September 22nd The Pegasus Project participated for the second year in a row in the Communities Foundation of Texas' North Texas Giving Day.  Last year we raised a total of $55,500. This year, we set our goal at $75,000, and we raised $85,700!  And there are still bonus funds coming from CFT!

$35,000 of this amount came from our challenge fund donors,** who, in advance of North Texas Giving Day, put up these matching funds to encourage others to give. Knowing that their gift would be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $35,000 was true incentive for the rest of our donors. On the day of the event, $28,000 was given through the NTGD website. Another $22,700 was donated directly to Pegasus, $5000 of which came from loyal supporters Gary & Kathie Heidenreich of San Jose, California and $15,000 from Kay Bracken of Tyler, Texas. These large gifts crushed our goal and put us over the top in style!

Pegasus is still in the running for a $2500 prize for having the best integrated marketing campaign, and we will learn at the end of October whether we were selected. Pegasus is also due to collect additional bonus funds paid by CFT. Bonus fund amounts are based upon a percentage of all the 142,887 gifts (totaling more than $37 million) made that day to the more than 2500 participating nonprofits. We are humbled by the generosity of donors for all of these deserving North Texas charities. 

As excited as we are with our success on North Texas Giving Day, we must remind ourselves that this work never ends. We often go from one crisis to the next. One fundraiser ends, another begins. One horse gets adopted, another neglected horse comes through the gates. It's a never-ending cycle of pain, joy, hardship, success, heartbreak and triumph. With an annual budget of more than $250,000, we will utilize the NTGD funds in about four months. Pegasus accomplishes great things, but at great cost. 

For now, we are going to revel in our success and celebrate our fantastic supporters. If you were one of our NTGD donors, please give yourself a pat on the back. It is amazing what can be accomplished when people come together for a united purpose. When individuals support their passions and realize that EVERY dollar truly does count, remarkable things happen.

Thank you!

Allyson DeCanio
President, The Pegasus Project

Send inquiries to:

**Challenge Fund Donors:
Lynn Mutschler
Hemet Elhence
Neal & Diane Martin
Retail Union Partners
The Pamela Walters Group
Craig & Lori Klinger
Dobbs & Tittle, P.C.
Larry & Sandra James
Lorna Russell, M.D.
Mark Young
Jim Rodman
Bob Wright
Karen & Tom Carey
Nicholas Vuong, M.D.
Buddy & Pamela Akin
The Pegasus Project Board of Directors


Thursday, October 20th
5:30 pm
The DeCanios' 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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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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