Tal­is­man Farm bought by Ohio horse­breeder

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GRASONVILLE — Af­ter 10 years of bounc­ing be­tween own­ers and prospec­tive buy­ers, Tal­is­man Farm has landed in the hands of a fairy god­mother. The farm, known to lo­cals as the Kud­ner prop­erty, was pur­chased by the Yan fam­ily — El­lis, Anne, and Lilli — from Ashburn, Ohio, near Cleve­land where they have two thor­ough­bred horse farms.

Both Ohio farms are fully staffed by pro­fes­sional breed­ers and train­ers and ex­pect to pro­duce 10 foals this spring. The Yans’ in­ter­est in horses is also a per­sonal one for Lilli who has two horses of her own and com­petes in jump­ing and dres­sage events. The fam­ily views Tal­is­man as a south­ern lo­ca­tion where they can win­ter some of their horses.

They have al­ready cleared out the over­grown brush and bushes at var­i­ous places on the prop­erty and have be­gun ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tions to the guest house. They have taken mea­sures to stop the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of the in­side of the his­toric manor house and have be­gun ba­sic ren­o­va­tion on the exter­ior. Full restora­tion of the man­sion lies some­where in the fu­ture while the Yans fo­cus on other build­ings on the on the prop­erty that will ac­com­mo­date horses and farm­ing.

Tal­is­man Ther­a­peu­tic Rid­ing Inc. has leased a small por­tion of the farm for the past four and a half years. The Yans came to the site fully aware and sup­port­ive of the mis­sion of the or­ga­ni­za­tion to pro­vide the en­vi­ron­ment and pro­fes­sional ser­vices for those who can ben­e­fit from the heal­ing na­ture of horses. Both par­ties ex­pect to con­tinue their re­la­tion­ship.

Tal­is­man’s riders in­clude chil­dren and adults with phys­i­cal, emo­tional, and cog­ni­tive chal­lenges, in­clud­ing vet­er­ans from the Iraq and Afghanistan con­flicts. The new own­ers are work­ing closely with TTR to fa­cil­i­tate the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s abil­ity to con­tinue to pro­vide their unique and vi­tal ser­vices.

“We have a ther­a­peu­tic rid­ing fa­cil­ity in Ohio, Field­stone Ther­a­peu­tic Rid­ing, where Lilli vol­un­teered,” said Anne Yan. “We are fa­mil­iar with the ben­e­fits of ther­a­peu­tic rid­ing and look for­ward to a long re­la­tion­ship with TTR.”

Tal­is­man Ther­a­peu­tic Rid­ing is staffed by pro­fes­sion­als and vol­un­teers and re­lies on in­di­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions and fundrais­ing events to pro­vide the ser­vices.

On May 7, Tal­is­man Ther­a­peu­tic Rid­ing will host the fifth Derby Live event where the Yan fam­ily will be honored guests. The $85 per per­son ticket in­cludes hors d’oeurves, mint juleps, din­ner, drinks, live broad­cast of the Ken­tucky Derby, horse demon­stra­tions, and live and silent auc­tions.

Reser­va­tions must be made in ad­vance. For more in­for­ma­tion go to www.tal­is­man­ther­a­peu­ti­crid­ing. org or call 443-239-9400.


With Tal­is­man Farm un­der new own­er­ship, the manor house is be­ing ren­o­vated.

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