RYERSS FARM FOR AGED EQUINES DEDICATES
NEW BELL EDUCATION CENTER WITH RIBBON CUTTING
On Saturday, February 11, 2017, the Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines celebrated the completion of its new Bell Education Center. The new education center and refurbished administration quarters was made possible through a generous endowment from the estate of two sisters, Robin and Barbara Bell. The new facility, which has state of the art audio-visual equipment, will be used for large volunteer groups, education classes, Board of Managers meetings, birthday parties, and other social gatherings.
“Our new Bell education and conference center underscores Ryerss Farm’s commitment to educating the public about our mission”, said Samuel W.M. Griffin, President. “We are here today to honor the memory and generosity of both Robin Sherrie Bell and Barbara Bell.” Two plaques, honoring each of the sisters, hang proudly in the new center.
Executors of the Bell Estate, members of the Board of Managers, Ryerss staff and volunteers attended the ribbon cutting ceremony and dedication.
For more information about Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines view www.ryerssfarm.org or call (866) 469-0507.
Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines is the oldest non-profit horse sanctuary in the United States and continues to provide a haven for horses of all breeds, sizes, and walks of life, thanks to the generosity of our donors. Visitors are welcome to stop by the farm and see the horses between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. The cost is free but donations are always appreciated.
NEW BARN LOFT FLOOR INSTALLED
THANKS TO THE GENEROSITY OF BRENNAN EQUINE WELFARE FUND!
The 60-stall Main Barn on Ryerss Farm property is over 30 years old and was showing its age. We desperately needed to replace the wooden floor in the second floor barn loft, which covers the entire stall area below. This floor had become very weak and rotted due to leaks in the old roof, and there was a chance that it would break through if weight was put on it, causing injury to both people and horses!
Through fundraising efforts of our many volunteers, as well as a wonderful grant from Brennan Equine Welfare Fund, we were able to complete this project by installing a beautiful new floor in the second floor barn loft. Now the main floor of the barn will be safer, warmer and drier, benefiting horses, volunteers, staff and visitors.
YOU’RE NEVER TOO YOUNG TO MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE!
This past summer, Ashleigh and Mary Cate, two girls who both love Ryerss, decided to use their summer vacation to do something worthwhile and help the horses at Ryerss Farm. Their parents encouraged them to think of an idea and then waited to see what they would plan! The girls’ first project was to have a lemonade stand and, after that, they convinced a few neighborhood parents to hold a yard sale over one weekend in July. During the yard sale they sold books, toys, stuffed animals and some baked goods. They were both happy and surprised to figure out that they had made about $132.00 from both events!
After the yard sale was over, their parents brought them to Ryerss Farm as a “reward,” and they presented their donation to the staff and volunteers who were working there. Needless to say, Ashleigh and Mary Cate’s parents were proud of them for coming up with the idea of helping the horses as well as sticking with it! Everyone at Ryerss Farm wants to thank these two young ladies for their dedication to the horses and for spending their vacation time to help support the Ryerss horses!
If you visited the Farm in the last year, you are well aware of the challenges posed to anyone who was brave enough to negotiate the drive. Our 30-year-old farm lane was in sorry shape and had deteriorated even more due to the unusually harsh winter. Not just visiting cars, but the feed truck, the manure truck, and our own hay wagons rocked dangerously as they traveled down the cratered obstacle course. The paving companies all said it was beyond patching and nothing would do but a full paving job. Where would we ever get the funds to accomplish that task? Enter Betty Moran and a few members of Ryerss Advisory Board. Through their generosity, we were able to repave the lane all the way from the road to the office. Now when you drive into the Farm you have a safe entrance off route #23 and a smooth trip to the offices and the main barn. Come for a visit and see our spanking new lane. The volunteers have already dubbed it “Betty Boulevard” in honor of Mrs. Moran’s pioneering donation. We hope she doesn’t mind!
NEW RUN-IN SHEDS FOR RYERSS HORSES
Ryerss Farm has just acquired three large new run-in sheds which will help shelter our horses from inclement weather. These sheds were constructed by Horizon Structures of Atglen, PA and feature a “Quaker Style” roof with 30 year asphalt shingles, board and batten white pine exterior, 2×4 post and beam frame built on pressure treated yellow pine 6×6’s and an oak kick board. Each shed also has two vent drops to provide cross ventilation. The purchase of these shelters for the horses was made possible by the the profits from our Annual Ryerss Yard Sale in the Barn, which was held in May, and also by an anonymous donation. If you are driving west past the farm on route #23, you will see two of the new buildings on the top of the hill to your right. The other sits on top of a hill directly east of the main barn. See photos below of delivery day and also Stanley inspecting one of the sheds!
GRANT FROM MERCK GIVES RYERSS A NEW ROOF!
On February 18, 2013, the new roof which was given to Ryess Farm in the form of a grant from Merck, began construction! It was a cold but sunny day and the crew of workers from GP Martini Roofing Company arrived bright and early. They started the job of removing the 25 year old roof from our sixty stall main barn as several of us watched the progress! During the following days they removed the old shingles, cleaned and replaced any rotted plywood on the exposed roof deck, put down new underlayment and, finally, new GAF timberline lifetime architectural shingles. In addition they also replaced gutters and which were in very poor condition after many years of use. The project took all week to complete but by Friday afternoon we had a beautiful new roof and gutters which will keep our horses dry and sheltered for many years to come. Many thanks to the staff at GP Martini for their hard work and excellent service!
One of the equine residents in our main barn is Jack, who once worked as a pharmaceutical horse at Merck, helping to create black widow spider anti-venom. Jack is a chestnut draft mix who retired to Ryerss Farm in 2004. He is now 35 years old but loves to greet visitors and enjoys the treats of carrots and apples they bring! The acquisition of our new roof is due to the kind generosity of Merck who was pleased to support Ryerss in this important project. Please see photos below (including Jack).