Project PonyZ - Medical Expense Fundraiser

For: Zaiden Beattie
Organizer: Lesley Zacharias
of $50,000 goal.
Raised by 21 donors
4% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Project PonyZ is a project that is intended to help my son go to first grade with a pony instead of a walker. I am on a mission to change the quality of life for my son despite his illness, and to change the lives of children with the help of miniature horses. Any amount will help this program develop. This past year, miniature horses were approved by the ADA as use for service animals. Zaiden, and many other children like him that have issues with balance, can greatly benefit from a program developed to train horses to help with balance. Miniature horses live 35 yrs so the investment in training is much less than service dogs. Being less excitable than dogs,horses are much less affected, so they can be touched while they are working thus providing a platform for socialization for the handler. This is great opportunity to be a part of a new trend, and one that has barely been utilized. There are only a dozen horses currently working for the blind. Let's help kids by creating a new and exciting program. Project PonyZ!! Thank you for your support!!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on July 16, 2013 by Lesley Zacharias
Zoe has been enjoying the summer off. We are giving her the opportunity to mature as a horse, and take time to run and play as much as possible before her work begins again. She will likely be going to school in the fall three days a week with Zaiden.

Posted on March 23, 2013 by Lesley Zacharias
Zaiden and Zoe had their big media debut on friday. It looks like the story is all over the country now.

Thank you to all who have donated!!

Posted on March 9, 2013 by Lesley Zacharias
I just want to reiterate how much I appreciate everybodies support in this project. It has been quite an undertaking to say the least!!! Thank you so much for all your help!

Posted on March 8, 2013 by Lesley Zacharias
Zoe started school with Zaiden three weeks ago. We are finally moving forward in the school system. She has been liscensed with the Municipality of Anchorage, we have purchased a set of four shoes for her, and she goes into school three to four days a week.

Posted on May 2, 2012 by Lesley Zacharias
Gwendolyn is getting bigger by the minute. We are getting very excited to meet the little one. She is enjoying the back yard which is now clear of snow, and she is amazing about pooping in the same place every time. Gwen went to Zaiden's school a couple weeks ago, and she was amazing with kids surrounding her on all sides. She will make an excellent therapy horse.  Zaiden's principal is also excited about working with us next year on training. Thank you to all who have donated to this project. You have helped make a dream come true for Zaiden. Thank you sooo much.


Posted on April 11, 2012 by Lesley Zacharias
Gwendolyn arrived safe and sound on the 28th of March. Zaiden is thrilled with his new pony!! The second day he layed in her hay outside and just stared at her. I caught them both rolling in the dirt together. I think this is going to be a wonderful experience. Thank you to all who have sent their support for this project.  The cost of hay, vet bills, harnesses, housing, ect are on-going, and your financial support is greatly appreciated in this endeavor. I will continue with updates and photos as the story develops. Gwendolyn's baby is due in May.

Posted on March 16, 2012 by Lesley Zacharias
Thank you to all who have supported us in this endeavor. Gwendolyn, Zaiden's horse is in Bellingham Washington, and she will be on the Alaska Ferry March 23rd. My sister is driving her onto the ferry, and then transporting her 800 miles to Anchorage. I cannot thank everyone enough who has helped in making this dream happen!!

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