Team Velvet, Inc. In The News


June 11, 2022

Hunterdon Foundation

P.O. Box 393

Quakertown, NJ 08868-0393



Team Velvet Inc. is honored to have been selected as one of the named charities for the 2022 Hunterdon Polo Classic to be held June 11, 2022. Sponsorship forms are available at or from To donate/designate patron tailgaits to Team Velvet Inc. with full payment to be received by May 25, 2022.


Many thanks to Debbie and John McLain , owners of  Remax 365,  for sponsoring  tailgates at the Hunterdon Polo Foundation charity event. Some of the volunteers had pictures taken with a lifesize photo of Velvet and Debbie won the gift basket for her Creative Horse Cookies! Our eco bags made out of re-purposed feed bags were available for donations to attendees and a fun time was had by all!

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Thank You Northfield Bank Foundation!

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Northfield Bank Vice President and Business Development Officer Kari Mastrioanni, third from left, presents a ceremonial check to Dr. Susan Edwards, Psychologist/Director of Team Velvet Inc., with therapy horse, Velvet. On the left is therapy horse Precious, with Kathy Piparo, PhD, Board Secretary, and right is therapy horse Little Annie with board member Lillian Shupe.

The Northfield Bank Foundation awarded a 2021 grant for mental health therapy for children to Team Velvet Inc.,

Echo Totes Support Team Velvet Charity Fundraiser

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Team Velvet Inc. a nonprofit organization providing equine mental health therapy for child trauma


Staff members from left to right:Program Volunteer Byron Weightman,
Lead therapy horse Velvet,
Board Members Dr. Susan Edwards, President and Dr. Kathy Piparo, Secretary; Therapy horse Precious; Peer Mentor Christina Piparo with Therapy horse Little Ann

Raritan Township, NJ: Team Velvet Inc. is helping NJ prepare in advance of the May 4th deadline when the NJ Plastic Ban Law takes effect, single use plastic bags are prohibited in retail and groceries.
Team Velvet Inc. announces its fundraiser project refurbishing brightly colored regulation animal feed bags into multiple use shopping bags. Fitted with carrying handles, bags display portraits of horses,
farm animals, chickens or deer. A visual display of selected bags appears on the attached photo of the staff and therapy horses of Team Velvet, Inc.

Eco tote support bags can be obtained for a donation of $10 each via PayPal or via mail with a contribution made out to Team Velvet Inc., PO Box 268, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553 which includes mailing address to send eco bag.

High quality feed bags reformulated into multiple use shopping bags support the environment as well as Team Velvet Inc. charity which provides free equine mental health therapy for children ages 6-12 who have experienced traumatic loss. For more information see website or contact Dr. Susan Edwards, Psychologist/Director at 609 924 4330.

Girl Scouts Honor National Child Mental Health Day with Team Velvet Inc.


Raritan, New Jersey: As part of the build-up to National Children's Mental Health Day May 7 Flemington Girl Scout Troop #82304 visited the child therapy horse facility of Team Velvet Inc. which provides clinical equine mental health services for traumatized children ages 5-12 at no fee to families.

The Scouts toured the facility, met Board of Directors Secretary Dr. Kathy Piparo, Psychologist/Director Dr. Susan Edwards and Peer Mentor Christina Piparo and had the opportunity to ask questions about how horse therapy helps child trauma. They also met therapy horses Velvet, Precious and Little Annie and enjoyed playing an interactive game of Horse Ball.

"We were pleased to host this troop of intelligent, energetic girls whose compassion for helping others was very impressive," Dr. Edwards said. "Profound loss and tragedy can strike anyone at any time, and the heart power of therapy horses combined with psychological science can make a difference in both mental health and quality of life."


"Ours is an all-volunteer program," Edwards explained, "totally funded by grants and donations. No one is paid. For each Angel Benefactor donation of $3,000 we move closer to our goal of establishing a permanent horse therapy farm home for child mental health. Covid has increased the rate of anxiety and depression among youngsters and stress has spiked in pediatric suicidality in ways seldom previously seen.

We are grateful for contributions and gifts of any size which can also be mailed to:
Team Velvet Inc., PO Box 268, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553."


Anyone interested in referring a child, obtaining more information about this unique program or making a PayPal donation can go to or contact Dr. Edwards directly at 609-924-4330.


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Christmas in July Fundraiser

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Thank you to everyone who booked a tailgate space through us for the Hunterdon Polo Classic. Team Velvet, Inc. was honored to present the Best Polo Pony award after the match. Thank you Skylands Photography for the photos! 


Fieldview Farm continues their long tradition of raising funds and awareness for local charities with the Hunterdon Polo Classic. Fieldview Farm features 150 acres of lush green pastures and farmland, surrounded by stately trees, a lovely garden nursery and equestrian properties.

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Valentines From Velvet

Team Velvet, Inc. Wins Equus Film Festival Award

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Douglas Elliman Equestrian, 2021 Season issue. See pages 6 to 7.


LISTEN: Dr. Susan Edwards interview on Stories and Strategies for Women Podcast

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American Horse Council's Meet A Horse Day 2020 Facebook Contest

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Happy Horse Hat Shop Video Released

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Therapy Horses Star in Videos

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Look for copies in the Red boxes by the library and Reaville Church as well as at Highway Hot Dogs, Frank's Pizza and Sweet Valley Farms. 

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Help us Help Kids Live Happy 


There are many sad events that can change a child's life.
Since 2009 when Team Velvet Inc. began  our  charity has helped children transcend many  types of trauma and profound loss.  Some include parental death, devastating illness/suicide of a loved one,  physical disfigurement, witnessing/experiencing violence, and psychological bullying, among others. 
The kids are 5-12 years old.  Our equine mental health therapy services are FREE because of donations like yours and Christmas in July is one of our major fundraisers.

Christmas in July with Team Velvet, Inc.

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