Sadly, after surviving the 2017 fire threat, one of Sonoma County's unique gems, the Pony Express barn and therapy facility was destroyed in the Glass Fire. Although not all may have visited the ranch, many of our local kids have memories of riding Linda Aldrich's gentle, loving ponies at Howarth Park. The 6-acre ranch, the two-story ranch house, grazing pastures, outbuildings and equipment that took decades to acquire are all gone.
Just to get Pony Express the basic tack, equipment and hay that is desperately needed immediately, Linda estimates it will cost around $20,000. The Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County is spearheading a fundraising effort to get her at least half of the needed funds. The Farm Bureau Foundation of Sonoma County will be providing a $5,000 match and we are currently seeking generous donors to match or exceed our contribution.
About the Pony Express
The Pony Express is a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring kids through the use of horses as teachers, healers and agents of change. Our programs teach kids how to build relationships that are grounded in trust, respect, communication and teamwork.
In saying yes to a relationship with a 1,000-pound horse, kids learn the importance of establishing boundaries and making good choices that create leadership and life skills that transfer into real life. Horses provide kids with unconditional love and the chance to experience healthy, positive attachments that encourage and allow for transformational change to occur within a safe and healing environment. Currently, they have 12 horses and 3 programs that provide services to over 100 patients/youth weekly.
The Pony Express Mission
The Pony Express is a community-based organization dedicated to mentoring kids and committed to creating life skill and leadership learning.