Meet Our Staff & Instructors
Kris first came to the farm at age 8 and began full-time employment at age 19. She has worked most jobs on the farm, most recently as the Executive Director.
Kris has seen it all, from cook to riding instructor, barn manager, Pony Farm summer camp co-director and more. Kris has also worked at Monadnock Developmental Services as a direct support staff, lead staff and peer counselor.
She is a lifelong animal lover who shares the joy that animals of the farm have to offer. She is a devoted caretaker of the farm’s non-equines and is the best friend to every one of our chickens.
Kim Boucher resides in Richmond, NH with her two young boys and has been teaching for over 20 years. Prior to joining the Touchstone Family, Kim taught in the Swanzey, NH area and brought many past (and some current) students to our Summer Show Series here at Touchstone Farm.
While focusing on developing Hunter/Jumper, Equitation or Pleasure Riders, Kim uses a strong foundation of Basic Dressage, to ensure her students are not only ‘nice’ riders, but effective, as well. Since being bit by the ‘Horse Bug’ at the age of 6 years old, Kim has trained with many notable, knowledgeable Instructors (and continues to do so). She knew at an early age, this was how she too, wanted to share her passion of horses with others. Kim also has a background in re-training Off Track Thoroughbreds, in hopes of ensuring a new life after the track.
Grace has been part of the Touchstone Farm family since 2019. She has had a passion for horses and animals since she was a little kid and began riding at the age of 12. She now trains in both dressage and hunt seat.
Grace started working for Touchstone as part of the barn staff and quickly became a “barn rat”. She has done a bit of everything from, barn chores to office administrator, riding instructor, camp counselor, horse of the day content provider, and more! Most recently she has taken on the roles of Assistant Camp Director and Executive Program Manager.
When she’s not working, Grace can be found riding, hiking, reading, and spending time with her cat. She is also interested in training horses, along with advancing in instructing and riding skills.
Winter is a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) and Mentor. 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 a variety of 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 along 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 private practice in Antrim, NH, and is licensed to practice in North Carolina as well. 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, spoiling her cats Chester and Charlie, 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."
Heather was born and raised in MA and NH. She has been PATH Intl certified since 2002 and has a A.S. in Recreation. Heather caught the love for horses at an early age while attending a horseback riding camp in MA. There were a variety of things to do at this camp, but the best part of camp was trail riding through tree nurseries, going over sand dunes, and swimming with the horses.
She went on to teach for 16 years at a Therapeutic Riding Center in NY before returning to the Granite State! To Heather, seeing a person with a disability have the ability to accomplish a task while on horseback is incredibly rewarding.
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 at the farm and has been a driver and staff member in Touchstone Farm’s Fall Festival of Driving in addition to staffing several other driving clinics.
George started driving recreationally at Touchstone Farm 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.
For more information regarding lessons, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603.654.6308