Pegasus Farm | Nonprofit spotlight

Tucked away in this northeast portion of Stark County is a place where everyone knows your name. No, it isn’t Cheers. It is Pegasus Farm.

pegasus_strangTucked away in this northeast portion of Stark County is a place where everyone knows your name. No, it isn’t Cheers. It is Pegasus Farm.

“We are a horse-based healing and learning center dedicated to helping children, youth, and adults with disabilities achieve more productive and enjoyable lives,” said Jim Strang, executive director.

Pegasus Farm was established in 1985 by three teachers of orthopedically handicapped children in Canton City Schools. Their goal was to establish an equestrian center that could offer children with disabilities the opportunity for physical activity and recreation.

It opened in the spring of 1986 with five riders, two horses and one backyard. In 2006, Pegasus served more than 600 people with a wide range of physical, emotional, behavioral and mental disabilities. Programs are tailored to meet the specific needs of each person and provide physical and psychological therapy with documented improvements in motor, cognitive, perceptual and social development.

Instructors are fully accredited by the Certified Horsemanship Association and the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association.

WHO: Pegasus Farm

WHAT: A horse-based healing and learning center dedicated to helping people with disabilities achieve more productive lives.

BOARD MEMBERS: Eileen Fricke Wile, president; Julie Wolfarth, vice president; Robert Burgess, treasurer; Betsy Page, secretary; board members are David Ballinger, Debbie Bugh, Susan Gilbert, James Jenkins, Denise MacNealy, Donna Martin, Mary McMillen, Donald Schenck, Robert Shearer, Linda Steinhebel and Cheryl Stewart.

PROCEEDS: Benefit the operation of programs and the farm, including the upkeep, cleaning and feeding of the horses. The agency’s wish list includes batteries (all sizes), paper powels, used horseshoes (for crafts), trash bags (all sizes), antibacterial hand soap, corn brooms, distilled white vinegar, plastic manure pitchforks and flat barn shovels.

DONATIONS: Send cash donations to 7490 Edison St. NE, Hartville, OH 44632. Also, donations can be made online at www.pegasusfarm.org through “Click and Pledge.” A “wish list” of items that can be brought to the farm is available on the website. Volunteers can donate their time to assist with barn chores, classes, office work or property maintenance. Anyone wishing to donate a horse should call Pegasus Farm at (330) 935-2300.

Where to buy

The Repository
Select Rite Aid Stores
Spee-D Foods
Buehler's Fresh Foods
Fishers Foods, including 44th Street NW, Tuscarawas St. W, Fulton Drive, Lincoln Way E. and Cleveland Ave. NW locations
Aultman Hospital Gift Shop
Mercy Medical Center Gift Shop
Gervasi Vineyard Marketplace
Carpe Diem Coffee Shop, downtown Canton and Belden Village Mall locations
News Depot
Avenue Arts Marketplace
Yum Yum Tree Alliance
Grapes in a Glass