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"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" - Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Summer lessons are Over

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Our summer session has come to an end with a very successful Ride-a-Thon! Watch your e-mail for your electronic “Ticket to Ride!” See you in September!!!

THANK YOU!!!

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Thank you very much for attending our Family Fun Fest! We had a blast and LOVED seeing all the new super cool cars and trucks in our car show!

The ride-a-thon was a big success. More than 2/3 of our students came and showed off their riding skills. It was a very warm weekend, but so much fun! We’ll see you next year – August 20 & 21!

Check out our event! Thanks Newline 9 for visiting!

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FAMILY FUN FEST VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT!! AUGUST 15

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1st Annual Family Fun Fest – 6 on 6 – Volleyball Tournament

Saturday, Aug. 15! First 10 teams registered will compete!

Play so they might ride!

$10 per person.

Click links below for registration forms:

FFF Volleyball Tourn poster 2015

Team Registration Form Volleyball

Individual Team Member Registration and Waiver

FAMILY FUN FEST!! AUGUST 15 & 16, 2015

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FAMILY FUN FEST – TWO DAYS OF GREAT ACTIVITIES FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!

Saturday, Aug 15 – Car Show, Vendor/Craft Fair, fun, food, demo, raffles, AND Elvis!!!

Dexter Park (Hwy 80 & 54) 9 AM – 3 PM Don’t miss the fun!

Sunday, Aug 16 – Open House, Ride-a-Thon, fun, food, raffles

Jeremiah’s Crossing (Hwy X between 80 & 54)  1 PM – 5 PM

See how horses help kids! Miracles in action!!FFF Poster 2015

 

ELVIS IS COMING!! ELVIS IS COMING!!

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Elvis is planning to make an appearance at the Jeremiah’s Crossing Family Fun Fest on Saturday, August 15. Be at Dexter Park for this fantastic occasion!! Don’t miss it!

Seeking Volunteers

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We are still accepting applications for volunteers. We need help in the following areas:

Lessons

Reading Program  – facilitator

Event Planning (Family Fun Fest)

Grounds Maintenance

Building projects

Please contact Jeremiah’s Crossing @ 715.884.2551 or 4JCVolunteers@gmail.com

Volunteer applications are found on our Volunteer Page. Please choose New Volunteer Application.

THANKS!

2015 Lessons Begin June 15

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Jeremiah’s Crossing is pleased to announce that Summer lessons for 2015 begin Monday, June 15!

Jeremiah’s Crossing News & Notes

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March at Jeremiah’s Crossing is filled with planning, grant writing, and grooming. Winter coats are being shed, students are returning their “Ticket to Ride,” and volunteers are returning their “Ticket to Volunteer.” New students and volunteers have been submitting applications and those are being processed. It’s an exciting time!

The weather has been rather nice of late and the horses have decided they can let go of some of their winter coat. It’s so amazing to watch them season after season. Earlier in March, when the temperatures began to warm up, the horses didn’t believe the weather and kept their warm coats, but now…they are starting to shed out. We’ll begin welcoming grooming help during the week after Easter. If you are a Jeremiah’s Crossing volunteer who has attended training in the past, you are welcome to contact the ranch to help us out.

We’re beginning to see some green in the pastures, the birds are singing, and the Sandhill cranes are calling. We’re still waiting for the spring peepers to begin peeping and trust that as the weather warms, they will come out of hibernation. The martin house is ready for Ma & Pa Martin to move in. Tell tale signs that spring is on its way!

During this Holy week, we pray you and yours know the saving grace of Jesus Christ. It is through Him that we find peace as we journey down this path.

Baby It’s Cold Outside! – January 2015

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In this frigid, Wisconsin weather, it’s difficult to imagine lessons in the paddock in the scorching sun. That scene will be played out at Jeremiah’s Crossing in six short months. Amazing!

I have long marveled at the beauty of the ranch through all of the seasons. We enjoy the artistic look of winter, all white and crisp. Even in the throws of an unbearable cold snap, the sun shines brightly on the new fallen snow. Beauty in the midst of challenge. God’s way of reminding us to look for Him in all situations.

The horses take the cold weather in stride. We are so blessed to have great “hay men” in our lives. Ralph and Bernie grow a healthy crop for our herd. Square bales are the norm, but in January, round bales allow the horses to eat when they need to; keeping their heat/body temperature regulated. Hay, in concert with the pine windbreak adjacent to the feed paddock, helps the horses stay warm in this weather. Remarkably, while they have a run-in shed available to them, they almost never find their way to the man-made shelter.

Sleek coats have given way to shaggy bodies and frost covered whiskers. Many days find the herd sporting a white blanket of frost and frozen eyelashes. They are gorgeous in their winter make-up! Their look is completed by the angel braids appear in long manes. Ahhh…winter!

The staff at Jeremiah’s Crossing uses this precious time to plan for the new year. It won’t be long and our Phantom Barn Dance invitations will be in the mail (watch for them in February). In March we will hold our annual banquet and celebrate our volunteers. June will bring the Charity Charge Mudder, volunteer training with Terry Blessing, and before you know it LESSONS!

We pray that you find time to snuggle with a friend (furry or otherwise), read a great horse book, and find something that helps you get refreshed. For me, looking out the window at the majestic animals that partner with our family in this ministry brings warmth on a cold day, and inspiration to continue down this path God has chosen for us.

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Tribute to Tank

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It has taken me almost three months, since we lost our beloved Tank, to find the words to share with you the beauty and dignity with which Tank served his students at Jeremiah’s Crossing. Three months to be ready to say good-bye in this public forum. I miss him, more than I ever imagined I would.

Tank came to us as part of a duo of new horses. We were able to purchase him due to a wonderful donation provided to us by the Czerniejewski family. They were aware that we needed a couple of seasoned horses to teach our young herd how to be comfortable in new situations. We met Tank, and his best friend Lace, fell in love with Lace, and on the way home realized they needed to stay together forever. We called his owner, Kelly Anderson, and told her we’d take them both. And so, Tank and Lace came home to Jeremiah’s Crossing.

Tank never wavered from his determination to care for his riders. I didn’t matter if the rider was a seasoned veteran, or brand new to the saddle. He was a gentle giant with a crooked blaze and a boyish look, that would win your heart if you gave him the slightest opportunity.

I’ll never forget the first time I rode Tank on our trails. Roger led out with Chief, our resident Mustang. I followed behind, on Tank. After all the stories Kelly had told us about “steady Tank,” I was anticipating a quiet, uneventful ride in the woods. You might imagine my surprise when I found myself facing the wrong way on the trail in just a blink of an eye! In the moment before, Chief had spooked at something on the trail and looked back at Tank. Tank, mistook the look as a threatening gesture from Chief, the herd boss, dug in his front feet, and with me on board, spun 180 degrees…with me on his back! Of course, Roger didn’t see ANY of this and calmly inquired as to why I was facing the wrong direction on the trail. (He never does see my rodeo rides.) That was the one and only time Tank ever had a misstep on the trail.

Everyone at Jeremiah’s Crossing learned from Tank. You didn’t have to ride him to be his student. Tank taught adaptability is not difficult if you pay attention. One of his students, Emmie, communicates with sign language. She knew the sign for “Tank” making a “T,” and she knew the sign for “walk,” hands out over the saddle horn, palms down, moving hands forward and back. Tank learned that when Emmie’s body moved side to side as her hands moved forward and back, his horse leader was going to ask him to walk. Soon, he was stepping out as Emmie asked, not waiting for the horse leader at all.

Tank also taught horse leaders and side walkers to pay more attention to a student challenged by seizures. He would be walking along, doing everything he was asked, and then he would stop. Just stop. His horse leaders would try every leading technique they had ever learned to get him to walk. He might take a step or two, but then, he would stop again. No amount of tugging would make him move and then, Dani would have a seizure. Right there in the saddle. Tank stood stock still, like a statue. Instructors, side walkers, and Dani’s parents would crowd around, deciding what was best for Dani in the moment. Tank never moved a muscle. He knew before anyone that she was going to have a seizure. Everyone who ever worked with Tank learned to try to figure out what he was telling them, rather than decide he was being stubborn.

This past summer, we could tell Tank wasn’t feeling well. His body was betraying him. At only 25 years young, he developed Cushings and began treatment. He was losing weight, and was a bit unsteady on his feet, so we pulled him from the program. Even though he wasn’t feeling well, he always seemed eager to join the lesson crew as they were being tacked up, and was sad when he didn’t get his saddle. In July, he seemed to be making progress, so we added him back to the line up for one lesson.

Emmie was so excited to see Tank at the mounting block, and Tank was delighted to see Emmie! The light was shining in his eyes as she climbed aboard, and then, the signal he had waited all summer for…Emmie signing “Tank, Walk!” With a wiggle from the saddle, they were off!

Tank and Emmie’s team had a fantastic lesson. Tank never missed a beat. To say we were thrilled would be an incredible understatement. Tank was on the mend! When we returned from our annual mission conference, he would be back in lessons, working once again, doing what he loved most. Caring for others.

Unfortunately, that scenario never played itself out. While we were waiting to speak to one of our supporting churches, near Buffalo, NY, we received a call that Tank was down in the paddock. Our brave caretakers managed to help him toward the stalls, called the veterinarian, and kept us posted all through the church service. By the time the service was over, Tank had passed away.

Tank’s tack is still hanging on the hooks that bear his name. I’m not quite ready to reassign his bridle or grooming kit. His halter will always be his. Someday, when our barn is in built, we’ll place his picture and halter in a  place of honor. A reminder that we all have our specialty in life, and we all have something to teach others.

Tank, we will miss you. You will live forever in our hearts.

 

 

 

 
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