Friends of Connetquot River State Park Preserve
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FOC Receives Grants!

The Friends are proud of the support from the foundations whose links appear below. The capacity building grants they have awarded us will greatly help in strengthening our organization for the benefit of Connetquot River State Park Preserve:

The Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation

New York State Council on the Arts

Parks & Trails New York

Upstate History Alliance

Click here to read the details of these grants

15th Annual Friends of Connetquot Fun Trail Ride - 2012

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The Friends of Connetquot would like to thank all the great folks who came out to support the Friends in their endeavors to help Connetquot State Park Preserve. Over 100 great friends came out on a great day to ride, hike and drive carriages through some of the most beautiful and historic trails on Long Island. Many generous people and businesses donated food, prizes and time to help make the event a huge success. Preliminary numbers look like it's a record breaking event.

Our sponsors Dawn Electric, Huntington Dog Grooming, Shyacre Farm, Bob and Edith Wilson, East End Livestock Association, Paumanok Driving Club, Country Farms Polo and Arena, Connetquot Chiropractic, Christopher Pratt Landscaping, Acme Radiator, Green Rose Farm Family Insurance - Vincent Daly agency, and Ted Hubbard all stepped up to the plate. We couldn’t have made it through the day without our super volunteers, Ken and Annette Leitch, Karen Connelly, Aimee and Randy Schmitt, Bob and Edith Wilson, Ginny Fields, Fran Levesque, Liz Bloom, Keith Snedecor, Tom and Nina Conway, John Linitz and JeRita Trapani. A special thanks to Gil Bergen and his dedicated staff at Connetquot. Without the support of many organizations to get the word out to the community no one would have known about our great event, LIequine.com., Horse Directory, Nassau-Suffolk Horsemens Association., Islip Horseman’s Assn., Sonny Garguilo-Go Natural, East End Horse and Livestock Assn., N.Y. Natural Equestrians, Talkin’ Horses, and the Friends of Connetquot.

Many generous businesses donated the great food and snacks for us to all enjoy and have one of the best buffet rides on Long Island. The Snapper Inn, Terrace Garden Deli, Terrace bagels and bakery, Stanley’s and Audrey’s bakeries, Dunkin’ Donuts of East Islip, Quizno’s of East Islip, A & S Pork store of East Islip, Francesco’s Trattoria, Martino’s Pizza, Mary’s Pizza and Pasta, C & L Cafe, Handy Pantry of Bohemia, B & G Deli of Westbury, Karen Connolly and Rita Trapani.

Raffles, raffles and more thanks to many wonderful folks who donated, created and gave of themselves to have tables of beautiful baskets. Island Orthodontics- The Zak family, Linda Paice, Noelle and Mike Gordon, Dawn Roth equine massage, Agway of Port Jefferson, Neptune Feed, The Hay Loft, Pet Bowl, Andrew Goetz feed, Total Pet Care, Wendy Hodor, Marianne Flanagan, East End Horse and Livestock Assn., Barbara Zimmerly-Aurora Cold Laser equine therapy, Diamante Jewelers, Harvest Pride feed, Barbara Chuvalas, Elaine Cordingly, Billy Pizzoli- horseshoes unlimited, Sonny Garguilo-Go Natural, Nancy Pierson, Lauren Schnal Dog and Pony Show, W.E.S Trailer Sales, Mars Auto Parts, Cross Country Trailer Sales, Great River Supply, Barry’s Saddlery, Islandia Farms, Karen Connolly, Rita Trapani, Greenlawn Equestrian Center, The Tack Shoppe, Farriers Formula, Blackhorse and Sunder, Aimee and Randy Schmitt, Riders Choice Saddlery, Studio 69 Tattoos, Hidden Pond Stables, Knoll Farm, Good Shepard Farm, Dream Come True farm, Parkview Equestrian Center, Sweet Hills Stables, and all the super folks who bought raffle and 50-50 tickets.

The Friends of Connetquot are proud to be privileged to support this important piece of Long Island’s history and heritage. Please help us continue our mission. On June 16th, 2012 at 7 pm at Country Farms Polo and Arena in Medford we will be hosting an exciting game of arena polo and concert with Big Mike and the Blue Streak. Great Smiley burgers, Vineyard 48 wine and Blue Point Brewery beer will be there to serve you. Tickets are only $ 30.00 pp Kids free Groups of 10 or more only $25.00 pp Gates open at 6 pm for food, music and fun. 50-50 raffle and great merchandise. Hope to see you all there for another super time.


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