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Click here to register for the 2nd Annual “April Foal’s Day” Fundraiser!



Click here for a downloadable Version in PDF

Request for auction items

A portion of the proceeds from the event are being donated to SMTRC, we appreciate any support in attendance or through donations to the auction!


2016 Celebration of New Beginnings Event Overview

October 1, 2016

 5:15pm – “A Roof for All Seasons” Covered Arena, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – No Ticket Required

6pm – Casual evening of fun at Chippanee Country Club, Entertainment by Major Motion Band!

Buy tickets now!

Click here to download Full PDF version of the invitation and RSVP.

CelebrationNewBeginnings RibbonCuttingCeremony RSVP

Grassroots push for insurance coverage for Equine Therapy for veterans with PTSD

Channel 8 (WTNH) Health Reporter, Jocelyn Maminta aired her story on the great things happening at Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center (SMTRC). The story is a home run for SMTRC; the staff and volunteers at the farm have endeavored to take on the mission of healing our veterans and they are winning!

However, we need your help to keep veterans coming into the program.  You can help us by volunteering or donating to the cause.

Click on the link below to learn about the fabulous efforts at SMTRC!

Grassroots push for insurance coverage for Equine Therapy for veterans with PTSD

(Carl S. Ey)

Our newest American Heroes took the oath “to protect and defend” our country June 10th at Muzzy Field in Bristol, Connecticut. Shepard Meadow Therapeutic Riding Center (SMTRC) was there to support them with our fan-favorite horse – RED – carrying “the colors” around the park to make the “swearing – in” ceremony an extremely “cool” event for all who came out to support our nation’s future heroes.

Remember, SMTRC exists on your support. Please take a moment to make a modest donation, CLICK HERE.

SMTRC Blues Sponsors
Thank you Bristol Blues Strikeout Club Sponsors!

Strike Out Club Membership

Read Here:  Strikeout Club Press Release – 25 March 2016

Shepard Meadows and the Bristol Blues Team-Up to Support Veterans and the Local Community.

Shepard Meadow’s Operations Director, Pat Nelligan working on veteran’s programs in the Nation’s Capital with Connecticut elected officials!



Thanks to all who supported our April Foal’s Day Fundraiser! 

Shepard Meadows April Foals Day 4.1.16



Shepard Meadows Strikeout Club 2016

We invite you to join our team by participating in our 2016 Shepard Meadows Strikeout Club!

Join Now!


Red, White and Horses II

Shepard Meadows hosted  a wine tasting on Friday, September 25th. The fundraiser took place at The New England Carousel Museum from 6pm – 9pm to benefit the horses at Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center. Attendees enjoyed light hors d’oeuvres and wines presented by Marvin Friedman, Maple End Package Store.

Shepard Meadows Strikeout Club 2015

We are grateful to the members who supported Shepard Meadows Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. by donating $5.00, $2.00, or $1.00 for every Bristol Blues’ pitcher strikeout throughout the 2015 season.

Bristol Blues won the Futures Collegiate Baseball League West Division championship in their inaugural season.

100% of proceeds go to Shepard Meadows to enhance the lives of children, youth and adults living with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities through therapeutic interactions with horses and other animals.


K-1: Hall of Fame Member

K-2: All-American Member

K-3: Scholarship Member

  • Mayor Ken Cockayne / Bristol, CT
  • Distinguished Lawns / Bristol, CT
  • Camp, Sambor and Lupini / Plainville, CT
  • DJ Sunshyne / Burlington, CT
  • Marilyn’s Pub / Bristol, CT
  • Petra Shearer
  • Matt, Amanda, Chris, Sammi & Stefi – Go Blues!!


Shepard Meadows Strikeout Club Bristol Blues Membership Levels

Shepard Meadows 10th Anniversary Gala

On April 11, 2015, Shepard Meadows brought MAJOR MOTION BAND to the Oak Tree Ballroom at the Double Tree
Hotel in Bristol to help make our gala in honor of our 10th Anniversary a night to remember. The incredibly upbeat, energetic band helped our guests get up on their feet to celebrate the tireless hard work and dedication of our founders, staff, volunteers, horses, and participants over the last decade.

The night began at 6:00pm and included hors d’oeuvres, dinner, an open bar, silent auction, and entertainment. It was a great opportunity to relax and enjoy the good company of family, friends, and colleagues while supporting the Shepard Meadows vision.

The Gala is our biggest fundraising event of the year. Your support in every way was sincerely appreciated…from attending the event, making a contribution, being an event sponsor, or donating an item to our silent auction.  THANK YOU! All of the proceeds support our mission to enhance the lives of children, youth and adults living with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities through therapeutic interactions with horses and other animals.


Our first program horse, Calvin,  officially retired at age 32 in September of 2014. He is now able to devote all his time to looking out for his dear friend, Lola.We are grateful for his many years of hard work and dedication.  To honor Calvin, we named our newest member of the herd CALVIN II. Calvin II is an Equicizer, a mechanical horse purchased for us by the Petit Family Foundation and shipped courtesy of the Bristol Veterans Council. With Calvin II, we have the ability to offer special exercises on rainy days, help folks with limited mobility to practice mounting and dismounting before they are able to ride a member of the live herd and offer a range of programs specifically designed for Calvin II. Demonstrations of Calvin II’s program use were given at our Open House on September 21, 2014.


The renovation of our porches, the installation of an entrance ramp meeting ADA standards and paving of handicapped-accessible parking is nearing completion. This project has been funded by a State Grant, obtained in 2011 through the efforts of then CT State Representative Thomasa Colapietro and CT Senate President Donald Williams. Assistance during the funding process was provided by CT State Representative Whit Betts and Attorney Murdo T. Smith. Additional work enabled by the grant includes an outdoor exit to the apartment located on the 2nd floor of our main building, a generator with automatic transfer capability in the event of a power outage and several other, repair of the porch roofs and small maintenance items that make our facility better and safer for the entire Shepard Meadows family.


RED, WHITE and HORSES, our first-ever wine-tasting, was a great success on August 8, 2014. Everyone had a wonderful evening at the New England Carousel Museum and helped us raise nearly $5,000 to benefit Calvin, Charmed, Cowboy, Daphne, Frodo, Lola and Red.