Thanks for supporting Gypsy Gift and most importantly for supporting PATH center members and accredited therapy centers across the country!
LexLin Gypsy Ranch is excited to introduce our 4th year of an exciting program called Gypsy Gift™. We matched 30 LexLin Gypsy Horses with Path premiere accredited EAAT centers across the US in 2014, 2015 and 2016 (with a total of 45 horses donated since 2009). We are looking forward to matching 20 more LexLin Gypsy Horses with centers in 2017 with a goal of continuing to match up Gypsy Gift Horses with centers in the coming years. We are also looking to match young LexLin Gypsy Horses with sponsors over the next two years to raise and train them for future career placement with PATH center members and premier accredited Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) centers. There are 850+ Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Centers across the US and around the world. Gypsy Gift™ is looking to work specifically with PATH center members and accredited centers. Horses impact and enrich the lives of the developmentally disabled, sick, injured, troubled and developing lives on a daily basis through these programs. We believe Gypsy Horses are ideally suited to this type of work.
Gypsy Gift™ is looking for PATH Intl. premier accredited EAAT centers and center members that would love to add a 2+ yr old Gypsy Horse to their program. Twenty 2+ year old Gypsy Horses will be donated to centers this summer. We are also looking for sponsors that are willing to invest their time and resources to prepare weanling and yearling Gypsy Horses with daily care and ground training over 2-3 years for a special career that will impact those in need. LexLin Gypsy Ranch will donate the sponsored Gypsy Horse to a PATH International accredited center or center member once the 2-3 year sponsorship period has been completed and the horse is considered an appropriate fit for the center. We want to enable nonprofit Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies, Hippotherapy and other related therapy participants to benefit from the wonderful traits the Gypsy breed has to offer. From 2014 – 2017 LexLin Gypsy Ranch’s mission is to donate 50 registered Gypsy Horses (total donation valued in excess of $700,000) to the Gypsy Gift™ program while simultaneously finding eligible sponsors who will train them for approved PATH accredited centers. If one center on average, reaches 25 people on a weekly basis, that gives 50 Gypsy Horses a chance to impact lives 51,000 times in one year alone! Imagine how many lives can be touched over 20+ years with 50 horses!
LexLin Gives Back is a three-part blog series that tells the story of LexLin’s Gypsy Gift donation campaign through the eyes of the children of the LexLin Gypsy Ranch owner. From all of us at LexLin Gypsy Ranch, we hope that you enjoy this unique perspective from LexLin’s next generation.
Gypsy Gift 2017: Important Dates & Information
NOMINATIONS: We are accepting nominations for all PATH premiere accredited EAAT centers and center members interested in receiving a Gypsy Horse through Gypsy Gift™ from Friday, February 10, 2017 through 12 pm EST April 14, 2017. Nominations close at 12 pm EST April 14, 2017.
VOTING: Daily voting (once every 24 hour period) will begin on LexLin Gypsy Ranch’s Facebook fan page at 12 pm (noon) EST on April 15, 2017. Daily voting will close at 12 pm (noon) EST on June 15, 2017.
WINNERS: The top twenty PATH accredited and/or center members with the most votes will be announced at 12 pm (noon) EST on June 16, 2017. LexLin Gypsy Ranch’s Gypsy Gift™ program reserves the right to require additional information from any of the top 20 centers (based on fan votes) who are not PATH Premiere Accredited Equine Assisted Activities centers before approving them to select a Gypsy Horse in June, 2017. We will be in touch with the winning centers on June 16, 2017 to work with them in selecting their Gypsy Horses and completing donation contracts. The top twenty PATH accredited and/or center members will be selected to enter the 4th Gypsy Gift™ drawing in the order of most to least votes to select a horse for their program. Horse selection will be finalized no later than July 3, 2017 with formal LexLin website blog and facebook announcements of each center’s selected horse on July 4, 2017. Winning centers that want to visit the ranch to select their Gypsy Gift™ Horse are welcome to schedule a time to visit between June 16, 2017 and July 3, 2017. Please call the ranch at (865) 245-8481 or e-mail Jessica via firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your visit. These twenty centers will be selected via the following guidelines:
- The top 20 nominated centers with the most fan “likes” on LexLin Gypsy Ranch’s facebook page will be able to select their Gypsy Gift Horse in the order of most to least votes received with the center receiving the most votes making the first Gysy Gift horse selection. Nominations will be posted for daily voting beginning at 12 pm EST on April 15, 2017.
If a center has previously won a Gypsy Horse from LexLin Gypsy Ranch through our Gypsy Gift program they are not eligible to be nominated for a horse the subsequent year. They may however be renominated for Gypsy Gift the year after that.
The twenty Gypsy Gift center recipients will be asked to provide transportation for their selected horses. The passing of the lead ceremony will be held in late July or August 2017. Watch for the ceremony date to be posted soon. We will be having our annual Gypsy Horse Open House in the fall and will be announcing that date very soon too!
The twenty 2017 Gypsy Gift horses are all 2+ years of age and will be ready to immediately enter into a donation agreement with the winning nominated centers.