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HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHERI! | LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society
Sheri gets Mensch to stand square for a website photo
We here at LongRun, both two and four legged, want to wish Sheri Van Sickle, our adoptions coordinator, a very special "Happy Birthday".
works tirelessly to make sure that every horse in our program has the best opportunity to move on into a second career in a loving home.
Ms Van Sickle is the ...
Ms Van Sickle is the foundation's adoption co-ordinator.
Staff Photo/Sjoerd Witteveen
Sheri Van Sickle is an adoption co-ordinator.
"I've loved horses as long as I can remember," Sheri
"It's in my blood, a dream come true."
recalls, at age six, accompanying her
aunt to watch a race at Woodbine.
"It was magic," she
The passion continues.
Sheri claims horses to be one of the most intelligent animals in the world.
To remove a horse from racing status can be a traumatic experience requiring considerable adjustment, she
"With time and patience, they can become the gentlest of companions," Sheri
A horse's racing life can extend from two to 13 years, says Sheri
LongRun attempts to obtain retirees three months after careers have concluded.
Financial support for the program comes from several industry sources.
Information is extended mainly through word-of-mouth, says Sheri
, although the society maintains its own website and continues to place stories and advertisements in equine magazines.
says LongRun has benefited greatly from a location in the Markham/Whitchurch-Stouffville area that, she
describes as "genuine horse country".
notes, has been proven on countless occasions when tragedies, such as barn fires, have occurred.
describes this community's horse people as "a fraternity".
accords similar acclaim to the memory of Ballantrae veterinarian, Dr. Ralph Watt.
"Many times he
would stop by our stable and check the horses, a service provided without charge," she
LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society
... "Perhaps like some horse people, the need to be around horses came rather mysteriously from the age of four," said Van Sickle."Being a kid in the city, it was somewhat odd to have this desire having never been around them.My parents were very encouraging people and I began riding at age five."She has two horses of her own, an Appaloosa named Mighty-"he's blind,I was told to put him down, but we've survived"-and a quarter horse named Duster. Van Sickle
credits the man that owns the farm where she
boards, Al (Blackie) Saunders, for much of her
horse knowledge. Van Sickle
way to LongRun
from other business-type operations."I came from IBM Canada
after having held Senior Level positions within their organization.I wanted to incorporate my passion for horses as well as my business experience and knowledge to become an ethical business leader within the racing industry." Van Sickle joined the Woodbine racing office team in 2003 and enjoyed more than a year of employment with that group before moving on to LongRun.
LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society
Sheri Van Sickle hired by LongRunLongRun woud like to introduce our full-time office administrator, Sheri Van Sickle, who originally joined our team as a volunteer in the fall of 2003.Sheri
will be in charge of running the LongRun organization from our backstretch office at Woodbine racetrack.Among her
duties is correspondence through email and phone, coordinating directors and their duties and all office tasks.
V: Our offices are open throughout the year, with a week off between Christmas and New Year's. Â Winter is our "slow" time when we try to play catch up on what we haven't had time to do while the racing season is on. Â We answer queries about horses, arrange adoption viewing appointments, liaise with farms, vets, blacksmiths, van lines, send volunteers out to follow up on adopted horses, do grant applications, work on fundraisers, update our website and promotional material, etc. Â We have two full time employees - office administrator Morgan Chapman and adoption coordinator Sheri Van Sickle, plus a volunteer Board of Directors (who put an awful lot of time in) as well.