It is with great pride that I introduce Fahey, New Beginnings Therapeutic Riding Foundations‘ latest addition. Fahey is a beautiful 23-year-old chestnut Thoroughbred with a distinctive white blaze and an all-knowing look of doing a job well done. 

Fahey was graciously donated by the Chicago Mounted Police Department to New Beginnings after his many years of being a dutiful public servant. Like so many of us, Fahey now has a second career later in life, continuing his mission of helping others. 

Chicago police horses are named after fallen hero officers. Our Fahey is named after William Fahey, a Chicago police officer killed in the line of duty. 

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Fahey is a great horse for our beginner and intermediate riders as he has a kind temperament and calm demeanor. He also provides encouragement and compassion to those who are suffering from physical, emotional, and social struggles. He has an affinity for those with anxiety and PTSD; thus he is well suited to participate in the New Beginnings One Good Day clinics that are offered to veterans and first responders. In this new day of Covid 19, he’s also a respite and a friend to frontline personnel who are aiding those who are in need of medical assistance. 

Fahey has also begun to take several of our equestrians to horse shows, and while he and the participants are in the ribbons, the real blue ribbon moments are those where the riders and their families realize that they too are heroes, overcoming afflictions with new confidence, can-do attitudes, and of course a smile. We are so honored to have Fahey in the New Beginnings family and salute his past accomplishments while knowing that many more heroic moments are to come. —Sandra F.

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