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Newtown Horse Guard funding preserved in state budget

The historic Second Company Governor's Horse Guard will remain in Newtown, for at least the next two years.  Proposed state budget cuts were restored to the final package that still await's Governor Malloy's signature.  It works out to $90,000 for the two years of the budget.


The all volunteer Horse Guard has been in Newtown since 1808.  The First Company Horse Guard is located in Avon and also funded in the budget.


The money was on the chopping block, but state Representative Mitch Bolisnky says the entire delegation ended up making personal appeals to save the money.


The 29-member horse guard trains each week, hosts camp programs, provides services to people with disabilities and equestrian therapy among other services.  In the aftermath of 12/14, the unit hosted equine and family events that used the horses therapeutically.  The volunteers care for the 10 horses and the barns.

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