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Therapy horse named 2013 International Equine of the Year

A HORSE WITH HEART: Mr. Wise Guy is a 25-year-old Arabian gelding that had an impressive run as a world-class show horse, winning multiple national titles in the United States and Canada.

Five years ago, he was retired from the show ring and began a second career in the therapeutic riding program at Wings and Hooves in East Kingston, N.H.

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Wings and Hooves is a small but growing therapeutic riding program founded in 2009 by Karen Cuneo, a survivor of systemic lupus and three kidney transplants.

Cuneo started Wings and Hooves, in part, to give some of her retired show horses a new job and to take in many other horses and ponies that needed homes.

Wise Guy transitioned from a national champion known for his fiery performances to a calm, protective therapy horse.

Recently, he was named 2013 International Equine of the Year by PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International, the governing body for all therapeutic horseback riding programs in the world.

He also has been honored by the Equus Foundation as one of six horses being inducted into the Horse Stars Hall of Fame in the humanitarian category.

Wings and Hooves therapeutic riding helps people with a variety of diagnoses and challenges. It also has expanded with new programs for veterans, children with life-altering illness, women in transition, and children and adults dealing with loss and grief.

Visit wingsandhooves.org.

SUMMER BOUNTY: It’s not too early to be thinking about adding locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables to your table.

The city of Peabody and the Peabody Institute Library have partnered with Clark Farm to offer a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program this summer, and registration is now open.

In a CSA program, members agree to purchase products from a local farm throughout a season. The members become shareholders of the farm, and each week the farm agrees to deliver the products to the library for pick-up.

Clark Farm in Danvers produces fruits and vegetables that are grown without pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides.

The farm’s shares feature produce including lettuces, kale, beets, carrots, onions, shallots, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, summer squash, zucchini, winter squash, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, leeks, green and wax beans, arugula, basil, and other herbs.

Vegetable shares are supplemented with fruit, maple syrup, preserves, and cheeses from other New England farms.

There are two pick-up times and locations: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the West Branch library, and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays at the main library.

The program begins June 10 and runs for 20 weeks. The cost is $300 for a small share, $500 for a large share.

For more information or to register contact Bill Clark at 978-790-3303 or whclarkjr@verizon.net or visit clarkfarmdanvers.com.

Ashleyne Alexis and Rob McAndrews recently recieved Salem State University’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award.

WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Ashleyne Alexis of Malden and Rob McAndrews of Marblehead recently received Salem State University’s 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award. Alexis, an assistant director for the Center for Academic Excellence at Salem State, is an advocate for equal rights. McAndrews, a professor of social work at Salem State, has developed programs to bring attention to issues such as bullying and racism. He also helps immigrants with legal representation. . . . Anne V. Quinn, a native of Peabody, has been elected president of the board of directors of the Peabody Institute Library Foundation. She has served on the library’s board of trustees since 2010 and chaired the foundation’s 2013 gala, For the Birds, which raised money for an ongoing project to conserve the library’s priceless collection of Audubon prints. She currently works in an administrative capacity at the North East Animal Shelter in Salem.

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