The Martha’s Vineyard Community Horse Center, a newly-launched nonprofit program that helps connect Island children with horses, is launching pilot programs this month at Misty Meadows Farm, starting with an informational event on Sunday, Jan. 17.

Kids Who Love Horses, for children in grades one through five, will take place Mondays and Thursdays between Jan. 25 and Feb. 18 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Girl Power programs will take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from Jan. 26 to Feb. 17 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Tuesday sessions are for grades nine through 12. Wednesdays are for grades six through eight.

The mission of Misty Meadows is to provide children with education and connection with horses, to build knowledge and skills and bolster empathy and self-esteem.

Find out more about programs and the community horse center on Sunday, Jan. 17 at Misty Meadows. The day starts out with program registration and pony rides from 1 to 2:30 p.m. At 2:30 p.m. Woodbe Farm owner and horse center board member Tracey Amaral Olsen will give a presentation titled Are You Living with a Horse-Crazy Kid? Have You Always Wanted to Ride but Didn’t Know How? Ms. Olsen will talk about how to take the plunge with all the scoop on how to sign up for riding lessons, Island horse farms, and horse-related activities for all ages, and debunk the myth that riding horses is elitist or expensive.

For more information about the horse center, visit