Gypsy Gift 2016 is Now Closed for Nominations!
Thanks for supporting Gypsy Gift and most importantly for supporting PATH accredited therapy centers across the country!
LexLin Gypsy Ranch is excited to introduce our 3rd year of an exciting program called Gypsy Gift™. We matched 20 LexLin Gypsy Horses with Path premiere accredited EAAT centers across the US in 2014 and 2015 and are looking forward to matching 10 more LexLin Gypsy Horses with centers in 2016 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 accredited centers Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) programs. 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 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. premiere accredited EAAT centers that would love to add a 2+ yr old Gypsy Horse to their program. Ten 2+ year old Gypsy Horses will be donated to centers this fall. 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 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 participants to benefit from the wonderful traits the Gypsy breed has to offer. From 2014 – 2016 LexLin Gypsy Ranch’s mission is to donate 30 registered Gypsy Horses (total donation valued in excess of $500,000) 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 30 Gypsy Horses a chance to impact lives 39,000 times in one year alone! Imagine how many lives can be touched over 20+ years with 30 horses!
Read the full Gypsy Gift™ announcement (posted in 2014). The 10 selected 2016 Gypsy Gift Horses will be announced on April 1, 2016!
Gypsy Gift 2016: Important Dates & Information
NOMINATIONS: We are accepting nominations for PATH premiere accredited EAAT centers interested in receiving a Gypsy Horse through Gypsy Gift™ from Thursday, March 10, 2016 through 12 pm EST April 10, 2016. Nominations close at 12 pm EST April 10, 2016.
VOTING: Daily voting (once every 24 hour period) will begin on LexLin Gypsy Ranch’s Facebook fan page at 12 pm EST on April 11, 2016. Daily voting will close at 12 pm EST on June 11, 2016.
WINNERS: The top ten PATH accredited centers with the most votes will be announced at 12 pm EST on June 12, 2016. Those ten centers will need to have a representative present at our “Passing of the Lead” Gypsy Gift presentation on July 2, 2016 at LexLin Gypsy Ranch. The top ten PATH accredited centers will be selected to enter the 3rd Gypsy Gift™ drawing in the order of most to least votes to select a horse for their program. They may either select a sponsor affiliated with their center or pair up with an individual wishing to sponsor a horse for 2-3 years prior to donating the horse to the Center. These ten centers will be selected via the following guidelines:
- The top 10 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 April 11, 2016.
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 10 Gypsy Gift center recipients must have a representative in attendance at LexLin Gypsy Ranch’s Gypsy Gift presentation to centers during our annual Gypsy Vanner Horse Open House that will be held this fall in order to receive their horse. The exact Gypsy Vanner Horse Open House date will be announced soon.
The ten 2016 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.