ISABELLA (Boo) MARTIN, M.Ed, Founder and Executive Director of Touchstone Farm. A life long horsewoman, Boohas 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. Boo 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 (now PATH Intl.) 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 PATH Intl. 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.
BECKY SANBORN - Pony Farm Director
Becky started as a nanny for Boo's two sons, now grown, and as the camp lifeguard. She has moved up through the ranks over the last 14 years at the farm. She is a certified teacher and has a B.S degree from the University of New Hampshire in Hospitality Management. When she's not running Pony Farm, Becky is a second grade teacher in the Wilton-Lyndeborough (NH) school district.