Our Instructors

Email: pfalkins@touchstone-farm.org

Phone: 603.654.6308

Pam Falkins – TSF and Horse Power Riding and Driving Lesson Program Coordinator 

Pam has lived in NH for 25 years after serving in the Unites States Army for 6 years.  She has been teaching for 20 years and coaching Equestrian Vaulting for many years. Pam has trained 4 vaulting horses, 2 of which have competed at the National Level.  Pam’s background is in Eventing and Dressage and trains her horses daily to give her students the best learning experience.  Pam lives with her husband in Wilton and her five horses live here at Touchstone Farm.

Testimonial: “My daughter and I were exposed to Vaulting for the first time at Touchstone Farm’s Spring Fling in May of 2015.  At 13, Maddy had already been a competitive dancer for 6 years and dancer for 7 years.  For a girl who has been riding on and off from a very young age and a genuine lover of all animals, discovering vaulting – the combination of two of her passions – was a dream come true.  Skills Maddy is learning in vaulting help improve her riding skills, drives confidence and physical strength.  Pam brings years of experience, knowledge and discipline of the sport to Renaissance Farm Vaulting Club.  She supports Maddy’s strive to do her very best and she helps bring that out in her in every lesson.  We feel incredibly fortunate to have discovered Pam and Renaissance Farm!”

 

Winter Keeler – Lead Horse Power Riding Instructor

Winter is a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (TRI), Mentor, and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL). She has been an instructor with the Horse Power Program since 2011 and has been connected with Touchstone Farm since 2004. Winter grew up riding at home in North Carolina. In high school, she worked and rode at Longleaf Pine Farm in Southern Pines, and spent many years as an active member of the Moore County Pony Club. Winter participated in Games, Combined Training and Tetrathlon Pony Club rallies on the East Coast, competing at the local, regional and national levels, as well as competing in local horse shows and eventing on the East Coast.

Winter greatly enjoys helping people connect with horses and other people, discover self-confidence, attain independence and learn new skills. Winter is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in a group practice in Keene, NH. She 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. In her spare time, Winter enjoys renovating her home, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and being outdoors!

Testimonial: “We are so pleased with the positive changes from lessons.   As early as lesson one my son said “I like how she (Winter, our instructor) gives instructions”.   The impact of riding has been beneficial in many areas of daily task.   Lessons provide a positive progressive self-challenge in a calm atmosphere.  The staff is compassionate and able to adapt to each individual.   We look forward to continuing with the Horsepower program and the growth it is providing our son.” 

Email: wkeeler@touchstone-farm.org

Phone: 603.654.6308

Driving Instructor

Email: gstolz@touchstone-farm.org

Call: 603.654.6308

George Stolz – Lead Horse Power Carriage Driving Instructor

George is a PATH Certified Driving Instructor.  He teaches in both our Horse Power and Touchstone Farm Lesson programs.  He is a CAA Certified Level One Driver and is a member of both CAA and ADS.  George is also an EAGALA certified Equine Specialist. He has assisted in several PATH Driving Instructor Workshops given here at Touchstone and has been a driver and staff member in Touchstone Farm’s Fall Festival of Driving in addition to staffing several driving clinics here at the farm.

George started driving recreationally at Touchstone and through a stroke of good fortune, was able to retire from his career of 35 Years as a Professional Civil Engineer to pursue his love of driving full time and train to become a driving instructor.  

George is experienced in driving many different horses from VSEs up through large drafts with a variety of vehicles. A true believer in the Horse as a partner, he currently has two driving horses of his own, A Hackney Clydesdale mare at 16.2 hands and a Paint gelding at 15.2 hands.

Kelsi Reynolds – Intern Instructor

Kelsi Reynolds has been riding since she was three years old. She owned her own horse for 17 years and grew up riding competitively in Morgan saddle seat and hunt seat. Kelsi started interning at Touchstone farm in 2008 with the Horse Power Program.  From there she volunteered with Peanut on Ponies lessons. She started as a full-time employee of Touchstone farm in the Fall of 2015 as a barn staff and Peanut Instructor. She has been taking hunter/jumper lessons  and dressage lessons to further her knowledge of riding and teaching. She also has been working closely with Pam Falkins to further her knowledge of teaching lessons. Before working at Touchstone Farm, Kelsi was an Early childhood Teacher for 4 years, working with children ages 1-4.

“It has always been my dream to be a “peanut” instructor and to work with horses and children. Touchstone Farm has helped me make this dream come true!” – Kelsi Reynolds

Email: kreynolds@touchstone-farm.org

 Phone: 603.654.6308

Email: jcase@touchstone-farm.org

Phone: 603.654.6308

Jennifer Case – Horse Power and Touchstone Riding Instructor

Jennifer believes that any time spent with a horse is inherently therapeutic!  She is happy to combine her experience and love of teaching children and adults with her love for horses and witness the amazing results. She has a Master’s degree in Waldorf Education and is a recently certified PATH Therapeutic Riding Instructor. She lives with her husband, 3 boys and their dog in the house they built in Peterborough, NH.

Special Programs

Holly Pulsifer – Coordinator in Carriage Driving Program

Holly Pulsifer has 40 years of experience as a volunteer as a combined driving judge, event organizer, course designer, and committee member for both the American Driving Society and the United States Equestrian Federation.  She has been instrumental in developing the sport in the United States as the chair of various national committees, as an instructor for official’s clinics, and as co-organizer of the Myopia Driving Event (1975-2000) and the Waldingfield Driving Trials (1988- present).  She currently spends time with her semi-retired pair of grey ponies and husband in Ipswich, MA, and visits her children and grandchildren in Maine and Montana as often as possible.

Barbara Cochrane – Database Coordinator 

Barbara is a volunteer involved in various administrative functions at Touchstone Farm. She is the database administrator for Touchstone’s donor and contact database.  She is involved with many driving events, including being the registrar and secretary for the annual festival of driving as well as being the registrar for the PATH International Driving Workshop and Certification. Additionally, Barbara takes driving lessons at the farm, has attended a week-long driver immersion program and has participated in an Arena Driving Trial.

Gerry Duncan – Coordinator in Veteran’s Programs

Tara Mahoney – Facilitator in Veteran’s Programs

Tara’s lifelong love for animals and the outdoors started when she was a young camper here at Touchstone Farm. She is thrilled to be able to combine these passions with her professional work. Tara has a wide range of experience in the mental health and addiction field working in hospitals, courts, private practice, and Vet Centers. She is a Licensed Associate Counselor and has certifications and training in Forensic Psychology and Mental Health Counseling, Veteran’s Behavioral Health, Trauma Informed Care, and Mental Health Specialist in Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA, Part 2). She is also a PATH International Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health. Tara is honored to serve veterans and their families at Touchstone Farm.