Welcome Christi! Touchstone Farm in Temple gets new leadership

2018-mledger-pr_christi-w-boo

Touchstone Farm founder Isabella “Boo” Martin and the farm’s new Executive Director Christi Friedrichs discuss the future of the farm.


Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 1:24PM

Touchstone Farm in Temple is under new executive directorship, after founder Isabella Martin retired and officially handed over the reins earlier this month.

Martin – known universally and affectionately as “Boo” – ran her first horse camp as a young woman, trying to pay for her college tuition after her parents lost their savings in the 1970s market crash.

“I gathered my two best friends, eight girls and decided to run a summer camp. None of the three of us had ever taught a riding lesson, and none of us had ever babysat,” Martin said.

From those auspicious beginnings bloomed what would become Touchstone Farm, the sprawling farm where lessons and camp combine with therapy programs and retreats, a program of wellness Martin has administered for decades, including after the farm became a nonprofit.

It was not her initial plan, Martin said.

“I was going to be a school teacher. I wasn’t going to be involved in this horse thing,” Martin said.

But teaching jobs were scarce, and there were a lot of mothers interested in riding lessons for their daughters. Riding lessons expanded into carriage driving lessons and camp, and before she knew it, she’d devoted her life to the farm.

Now, she said, it’s time for her to step back and take on a different role. In order to do that, however, a successor had to be found.

Touchstone Farm is now run by a board, with Martin as the executive director.

Martin said she wasn’t very involved with the selection process for her successor Christi Friedrichs – except in the key way that Martin encouraged her to apply for the position.

Friedrichs, who was officially hired as the farm’s new executive director on July 2, had been a member of the board for a year, after becoming friends with another board member and bonding over a shared love of horses.

“I found her to be a positive, upbeat, organized person. I felt she would be a strong leader,” Martin said.

Friedrichs had the strength to hold to her vision in front of a large board of directors, the poise to be able to communicate to investors and partners on a national level, but wouldn’t be afraid to get down to a camper’s level and give her a hug if she was homesick, Martin said – a rare and winning combination.

Friedrichs has 20 years of experience in consulting in business development and has a strong background in fundraising. But she said she was ready for a change of pace, and to take up something different.

“The primary focus of my career to this point has been profit, and at this point in my life, I want to do something more meaningful,” she said. “While working with the board, and Boo, the overriding thing that impressed me was the pure intentions. Towards the farm, staff and each other. Everyone has a love for the farm, a love for Boo, and for what happens here, and that’s what makes a place that really does transform lives.”

Martin said she had reached a point where she was ready to give up the leadership of the farm, though she still plans to stay involved in a capacity as a founder and “spirit keeper.” But she’s prepared to step back and allow the next steps for the farm under Friedrichs’ leadership.

Friedrichs will be undertaking some projects to put the farm on a more sustainable financial footing, including looking at setting up an endowment model, and administering a capital campaign to purchase the farm from Martin, instead of continuing to rent it.

Once the farm legally belongs to the Touchstone Farm nonprofit, those rental funds will be able to go back into expanding programs, Friedrichs said.

Friedrichs also hopes to expand Touchstone Farm’s reach. While the farm is well-known locally and regionally, Friedrichs said she will continue efforts to make Touchstone more well-known nationally as some of its programs – such as therapy programs for veterans – continue to grow.

,

ANNOUNCING Our Pony Farm Online Store!

You have been asking…  Now you can order Pony Farm merchandise all year long!  pink-pf-tee

Perfect for Birthdays and Holiday gifts!

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE PONY FARM STORE

blue-pf-dad  560  red-pf-mom-tee

Announcing PATH Intl. Instructor Workshops & Certifications October 2018!

dscn1265Hurry space is limited and these workshop and certifications will fill up quickly!

PATH Intl. ESMHL Instructors – Ground Work ONLY!

Please refer to the PATH ESMHL Instructor Workshop & Certification Information page under EVENTS for all the program prerequisites and registration information.

http://www.touchstone-farm.org/esmhl-instructor-esmhl-certification/

For PATH Driving workshop questions, contact:  Winter Keeler

EMail:  wkeeler@touchstone-farm.org


PATH Intl. ESMHL Driving Instructors – Carriage Driving!

Please refer to the PATH Driving Instructor Workshop & Certification Information page under EVENTS fHP groomingor all the program prerequisites and registration information.

http://www.touchstone-farm.org/path-intl-driving-instructor-workshop-certification/

For PATH Driving workshop questions, contact:  Barb Cochrane

EMail:  bcochrane@touchstone-farm.org


Don’t Miss Our Next Touchstone Farm Horse Show On July 28th!

Join Us At Touchstone Farm For Our Next Horse Show!

Saturday, July 28th from 8:00 – 3:00

Be sure to register ahead and save! 

Print the registration forms from the download link, fill out and send back to Touchstone Farm.  2018-horse-show-brochure_jul28

Touchstone Farm

13 Pony Farm  Lane

Temple, NH 03084

Attn:  Horse Show


For additional information please contact:  Kris Young, Director of Operations

EMail:  kyoung@touchstone-farm.org

Thank You to All Who Donated to Touchstone Farm during NH Gives!

We Can Not Thank You Enough…  So Appreciated, So Needed and So Very Grateful!!

https://www.nhgives.org/organizations/touchstone-farm

 

Mark Your Calendars for the first week of June 2019,

We will surely participate with the NH Gives campaign again next year! 

Your generous donation added $1,168. in Financial Aid towards our Equine Therapeutic programs for both our Veterans and their family members as well as NH Middle School programs.  Each of these programs are helping children and adults who have suffered from either the tragedy of war, the opioid epidemic at home, the loss of a parent  or other traumatic events.

Your dollars truly helped to make healing happen:dscn1521

  • Rebuild Trust & Connection with Others
  • Learn Leadership Skills
  • Build Core Stregnth and Balance
  • Embrace Resiliency & Develop Empathy
  • Improved Attention and Performance in the Classroom or at Work

Thank You to All Who Attended Our 2nd Annual Horse Capades Showcase!!!

Such A Tremedous Turnout and Stunning Performances by All!  We Can Not Wait to Have You Back Again Next Year!

Join us on the front lawn by the lodge to view this colorful and exciting presentation of all the programs at Touchstone Farm.  From Peanuts to Carriage Driving and Vaulting to Dressage.  With colorful flair this thrilling skills exhibition will surely have you looking on in awe!

2017-horsecapades-recital

    Not too mention…

     –  FREE Admissions

     –  Pony Rides

     –  Raffle Prizes

     –  A Picnic Lunch On The Lawn

    –  Connolly Bros. food truck, if you forgot your lunch