Touchstone hosts open house

TEMPLE – Touchstone Farm in Temple invites everyone to a farm day and open house from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.

At 1:30, the farm will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of a new pathway created from commemorative bricks donated by supporters from all periods of the farm’s history. At 2 p.m., Executive Director Boo Martin will unveil the farm’s new wheelchair accessible carriage, which was funded by a grant from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The carriage, built to order in Pennsylvania, is central to the farm’s Horse Power therapeutic driving program and Operation Horse Power program for veterans and their families.

At 2:30, Pam Falkins and her students will give a vaulting demonstration and explain more about this equine sport, which is sometimes described as gymnastics on horseback. At 3 p.m., members of the Touchstone Driving Club will give a carriage driving demonstration of the new wheelchair carriage. Pony rides for children and hay rides for everyone will be offered.

Touchstone instructors will be available to enroll and chat with students about riding or driving lessons in the Touchstone program, in Horse Power therapeutic riding and driving, or as part of Operation Horse Power. The Touchstone Farm volunteer coordinator will be there to answer questions about the kinds of volunteers needed at the farm. Visitors can take guided tours of the farm and meet the farm’s friendly horses, goats, sheep, bunnies and chickens.

The event will be held rain or shine. Demonstrations will take place in the farm’s indoor arena if the weather is bad.

Directions and more information are available at www.touchstone-farm.org. If you are unable to attend the open house, you can call the farm any time at 654-6308 or email lessons@touchstone-
farm.org to schedule a visit or enroll in lessons.

Touchstone Farm, home of Horse Power and Pony Farm, is a non-profit educational and therapeutic organization that fosters a community of belonging for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.