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Isabella (Boo) Martin, M.Ed., Founder and Executive Director

 

boopaironcourse.jpgA life long horsewoman, Boo has shown, trained, evented, driven and taught riding and driving lessons for the last 40 years.  She has also actively fox hunted and done Pony Club.  She has spoken at numerous regional and national conferences. She graduated as a teacher for grades K-12 from UVM and Fordham University.  She then went on to found Pony Farm, a girls’ summer residential riding camp, fully accredited by the American Camping Association. She was involved as both the President and Executive Director of the NH Camp Directors’ Association, serving on the NE/ACA board as well.

 

She then founded the lesson program at the farm and became involved with the American Riding Instructor Association, receiving her instructor certification from ARIA.  She was awarded the Riding Instructor of the Year in 1997.  Attended Antioch Graduate School in the Organization and Management Degree Program, and started Horse Power and the Horse Power Instructor Training School with her colleagues and professors, as well as became involved in the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (now PATH Intl.) when she founded Horse Power in 1989.  She went on to co-found the Equine Facilitated Mental Health Association, as well as serve on numerous NARHA committees.  She has received the Presidents’ Award, the Founders’ Award and the James Brady Lifetime Achievement Award with PATH, Intl., as well as the NH Horse Person of the Year. In 2013, she received the Sis Gould Therapeutic Driving Award from PATH Intl.

 

Kris Young, General Manager

 

booandkrisCopy.jpgKris Young is General Manager of Touchstone Farm. Kris first came to the farm at age 8 and began full time employment at 19. She's worked most of the jobs on the farm, from cook to riding instructor to barn manager and Pony Farm camp co-director and more. Kris has also Worked at Monadnock Developmental Services as a direct support staff, lead staff and peer counselor. Kris is a lifelong animal lover who loves to share the joy that all the animals of the farm have to offer. She is a devoted caretaker of the farm's non-equines, and is best friend to every one of our chickens.

 

Becky Sanborn, Co-Director of Pony Farm Summer Camp

 

Becky and Punch.jpgBecky started as a nanny for Boo's two sons (now grown), and as the camp lifeguard.  She has moved up through the ranks to Pony Farm Co-Director over her many years at the farm.

 

When Pony Farm is not in session, Becky is a second grade teacher in the Wilton, NH, school system. In addition to her teaching certification, Becky has a B.S degree in Hospitality Management from the University of New Hampshire.

 

Winter Keeler, Acting Director, Horse Power

 

Winter and Toast.jpgWinter is both a PATH-certified therapeutic riding instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL). She is also EAGALA-certified as an Equine Specialist.When not at the farm, Winter is a Clinical Supervisor at Wediko Children’s Services, Inc. in Windsor, NH. Wediko is a non-profit organization for children who struggle with emotional, behavioral, environmental and learning issues.

 

Winter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of New Hampshire at Durham, and is presently working toward her LICSW.

 

Andrea Oxier, Equine Manager, Trainer, and Instructor

 

andiandmerlin.jpgAndi is an ARICP Level II Certified Hunt Seat Instructor, experienced trainer, and successful competitor. With over two decades of experience in the show ring, she and her students have competed successfully on local and “A” circuits, in everything from short stirrup to the medals.

 

Andi focuses not only on excellent riding, but also good sportsmanship, and, most importantly, exceptional horsemanship. Her students learn to present their personal bests in all of these categories at horse shows, making for a professional but enjoyable showing experience.