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ISABELLA (Boo) MARTIN, M.Ed: A 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 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 NARHA, as well as the NH Horse Person of the Year.

 

Trish Twining, Director of Operations and Finance. A life long horsewoman, mother of two Pony Farm campers, and senior business executive, Trish brings expertise in financial budgets and forecasts, business and strategic planning, and managing through change to the farm. She has been instrumental in overseeing the transition to Touchstone Farm, organizing new sources of grant funding, and developing our social media presence. Trish lives in Sherborn, Ma with her husband, three children, two horses, two cats, and two dogs!

 

Becky and Punch.jpgBecky Sanborn - Co-Camp Director

Becky started as a nanny for Boo's 2 sons, now grown, and as the camp lifeguard.  She has moved up through the ranks over the last 13 years at the farm. She is a certifed teacher and has a B.S degree from UNH in Hospitality Management.

 

 

 

 

 

Winter and Toast.jpgWinter Keeler, Instructor with Horse Power at Touchstone Farm and became a registered level therapeutic horseback-riding instructor with our spring 2011 class! 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. 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. Wediko has participated in the Horse Power program at Touchstone Farm since 1998 and Winter has been a part of this collaborative effort since 2004.  Winter is a faculty member for the Horse Power Instructor Training School. Winter grew up riding, working at a racehorse barn in high school, and competing in multiple disciplines such as Games, Combined Training and Tetrathlon. She is glad to be riding again after a long hiatus and hopes to further combine her work with horses, therapeutic riding and people into a practice for equine facilitated psychotherapy someday!

 

SdditaBioPic[1].jpgSddita Blackburn - Coordinator of Touchstone Farm’s Horse Power Instructor Training School and part time Horse Power Instructor. Is a PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor. With her background growing up on a farm in Vermont, she learned her way around the barn and horses as a child.  She started her career in equine assisted activities and therapies in 2003, became certified at the Registered Level in 2004, and has been actively involved in the industry ever since. She has worked at a variety of centers in Arizona and Colorado in many roles, from part time instructor to full time assistant program director. While in Colorado, Sddita worked for PATH Intl. as the Certification Manager gaining invaluable knowledge about the industry and as the staff liaison for the committees on curriculum development for all disciplines and certification processes/procedures. Sddita runs her own freelance graphic design business Sizzle Designs when she isn’t at the farm.

 

andiandmerlin.jpgAndrea Snow 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.

 

crisannshowing.jpgCrisann Sullivan joined Touchstone Farm in 2012 as an instructor for Pony Farm Summer Camp and now teaches riding year round. She teaches riders of all ages in English, Western, and Dressage. Good horsemanship and building an effective rider-horse relationship are fundamental to her teaching.

 

Cris is a certified instructor in Centered Riding and Natural Horsemanship. A lifelong horsewoman, she has been teaching riding since 2000 and previously owned and operated her own stable in Colebrook, NH.