Talisman Therapeutic Riding, Inc. is planning for a busy 2020 with many events and activities scheduled at its 30-acre location in Grasonville in Queen Anne’s County. Talisman serves wounded warriors and individuals of all ages living with emotional, physical or cognitive disabilities. In the upcoming year, Talisman expects to provide over 3200 lesson.
Talisman CEO and Founder Anne Joyner says: “Now that we own our own property and have been designated as the Queen Anne’s Horse Discovery Center, we have the capability to better serve our clients and county residents. Since 85 percent of our riders rely on scholarships, we will have events throughout the year to raise funds necessary to continue to provide scholarships.
The state-designated Horse Discovery Center opens the way for individuals who have an interest in riding to familiarize themselves with horses and to participate in beginner riding instruction. Discovery center programs will officially kick off in February.
Derby Day 2020 on May 2nd will see over 200 guests become Southerners for the day at Talisman’s ninth annual Derby Live! They will again enjoy the signature mint juleps bourbon tasting and El Jefe’s restaurant will again treat the guests to margaritas and tequila tasting. The event is TTR’s major fundraising event and has become the mid and upper shore’s premier social event.
Once again Talisman will focus on 8 programs during the summer for young riders, some in conjunction with Camp Wright. Participants come from many Maryland counties and Baltimore City.
The “Rider Cup” golf tournament is scheduled for August 31st and will be held at Queenstown Harbor Golf Course. Funds raised at the tournament primarily support the wounded warrior program.
The annual Harvest Moon Ball will be in early fall at the farm, with the Speak Out Paper Chase rider event to follow on October 27th. In November Talisman will commorate Veterans Day and on December 2nd will host the annual open house in the farm’s indoor arena.
Volunteer training, volunteer appreciation events and Earth Cleanup Day (April 22nd) make for a busy year ahead.
“We love having visitors to the farm, so even if someone can’t attend one of the formal events, we invite them to stop by,” said Joyner.
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