The event will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
In the latter half of the 19th century, Anne Waln-Ryerss and her husband John Ryerss, both outspoken advocates for animal rights, created a refuge for abused horses. It grew and changed locations over the ensuing century, moving to its current location in South Coventry and Warwick Townships in 1987. Ryerss Farm cares for aged, abused, or injured horses, providing a home where they can spend their golden years out to pasture. The horses at Ryerss are never worked, go to auction, or are used for experiments. Some horses are brought to Ryerss Farm by their former owners, and others are rescued horses, brought by the SPCA or LAPS (Large Animal Protection Society) for a temporary or permanent home.
The farm itself is beautiful, including iconic farm buildings and two areas of stables. In warm weather the horses are in fenced pastures. We can photograph them alongside these pastures, as well in the stables (no flash photography in the stables); use of tripods in the stables is under consideration. Except for the horse pastures (and private homes) you’re welcome to wander the farm, including the stables.
Be sure to bring small-cut pieces of carrots and apples to feed the horses (and draw them in for close-ups!) Participants will receive in advance a handout describing the dos and don’ts of interaction with the horses. In general they are a very calm and friendly group, with the possible exception of the well-named stallion “Diablo.” (This is not official information—just my clear personal impression!)
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Visiting hours are 10 am – 4 pm daily. Facilities include a picnic area, as well as a water fountain and restrooms in the main office building. Visiting the farm is free, but you can help the Ryerss Farm’s mission by making a donation (there’s a donation box in the central hallway of the office building).
Carpoolers will depart from the Exton Panera (151 East Swedesford Rd, Exton, PA) at 9:30 am. If you drive directly the Ryerss Farm, the address is 1710 Ridge Road, Pottstown, PA. We will meet at office (about 100 yards into the property, on the right—there’s a paved parking lot). Other parking options on the property will be provided/described to those who sign up.
(Please let Dean Grantham know if you plan to go, and indicate whether or not you’ll be carpooling.)
If you have questions or require further information please contact Dean Grantham.
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