Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center

Night at the Derby

Virtual Derby Details

10/03/2020 7:00PM
Don your fancy hats and bowties and sip a mint julep in the comfort of your home, as we raise funds to help support HFSC’s Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center.


Hospital for Special Care has re-envisioned our annual Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding Center fundraiser! Our event for 2020 will take you to a Night at the Derby. While we may not be able to celebrate in person this year, we can still bring you the experience of a mint julep in hand and the thrill of the Churchill Down’s homestretch – virtually!

Our emcee for the evening, Renee DiNino, Director of Community Affairs & On Air Community Programming for iHeartMedia Hartford and iHeartMedia New Haven, along with HFSC’s President Lynn Ricci and Manes & Motions staff, volunteers and program participants, will lead attendees through a memorable evening of powerful stories and messages that showcase how our equine assisted activities build self-confidence, promote self-awareness, help develop life skills and enhance compassion through the horse and human bond.

Attendees will also get to have some fun and place their bets – not on the ponies, but on our incredible virtual silent auction. HFSC’s Manes & Motions programs rely on your support to keep our participants and our horses active, healthy and learning together.

Jockey’s up! Save the date now; registration for the auction opens soon. Interested in sponsoring? Check out the opportunities that we have available this year!

Join in on the Fun!


Step 1: Register for the auction or choose to become a sponsor here.

• Create your profile and enable text messages to receive auction item and event updates.
•The auction will go live on Thursday, October 1 at 3:00pm, and close at the conclusion of the virtual event on Saturday, October 3 at 8:00pm.
•If you’ve participated in the in-person fundraiser in the past, choosing to sponsor at the paddock and trifecta levels is a great way to continue to make a difference in a rider’s life and receive recognition in this year’s virtual event!

Step 2: Watch HFSC’s Manes & Motions A Virtual Night at the Derby via Facebook Live, Vimeo, or directly streaming on the GiveSmart page on Saturday, October 3 at 7:00pm, with pre-show starting at 6:55pm.

• Already have a Facebook account? Go to the Hospital for Special Care and the stream will begin airing right on our main page at 6:55pm.
• Not a Facebook user, no worries! Simply visit our Facebook page here on Saturday, October 3 starting at 6:55pm and you will be able to see the broadcast playing. We will also push out a link for Vimeo, or you can watch right on the Virtual Night at the Derby Fundraising page so that you can bid and watch the show at the same time– it’s a trifecta of winnings!

Triple Crown Sponsor



If you have sponsorship inquiries, or have any other questions please contact:

Linda Glovna
[email protected]

Over $64,000 Raised for Manes & Motions at the 2019 Event

We sure were kicking up our heels at The Mane Event in September and we couldn’t have done it without you! A big thank you to our 35 sponsors, 200+ attendees, and volunteers for making this possible. For participants like 5-year-old Skyler, these funds make a big difference in promoting self-confidence, awareness and compassion through the horse and human bond. Take a look at the event photos.

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