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Ryerss Farm Receives Penn State Recognition

Posted: November 26, 2012

In addition to being the oldest equine sanctuary in the country, Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines in Chester County is the first equine facility to receive recognition as a “Proud Penn State Partner.”
Lisa Shotzberger Barn Manager Ryerss Farm

Lisa Shotzberger Barn Manager Ryerss Farm

Ryerss Farm

In addition to being the oldest equine sanctuary in the country, Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines in Chester County is the first equine facility to receive recognition as a “Proud Penn State Partner.” A sign and certificate that identifies the farm as a Penn State partner was presented to barn manager, Lisa Shotzberger (shown in photo), for her outstanding efforts in working with the Penn State Extension Equine Team.

Penn State Partner Program

The Proud Penn State Partner program recognizes farms, organizations, and businesses for their commitment and support for equine stewardship and Extension programs. The award is provided for farm owners and managers that are involved in a continual partnership with the Penn State Extension Equine Team and take part in programs dedicated to adopting and evaluating practices that maintain healthy horses, healthy farms and a healthy environment.

Awarded to Lisa Shotzberger Ryerss Barn Manager 

The award was presented to Lisa Shotzberger during the recent Penn State Extension Grazing Field Day held at Ryerss. 

  • Participants in the field day learned about grass identification, pasture improvement and evaluation, weed identification and manure management.
  • Representatives from the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) talked about construction, sizing and regulations effecting sacrifice areas.
  • Optional breakout sessions were held on hay selection and soil health. 
  • Lisa concluded the field day describing the farm’s history, discussing the farm’s management practices, and explaining how the farm meets their goal of providing a permanent safe haven for aged, abused, or injured horses. 
  • Lisa has been a continual supporter of Penn State Extension and the equine programs. Offering her time and talent, Lisa has volunteered as a guest speaker at the Aged Equine Seminar, participated in on farm pasture research and trials, and most recently hosted the Grazing Field Day. 

Ryerss's Goals

Ryerss is managed to maximize horse health and comfort, while also implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs) to promote a healthy environment. A recently installed stream crossing allows horses to move between pastures, without breaking down the stream bank. Sediment in streams is one of the biggest water pollution problems in Pennsylvania. Keeping stream banks stable and covered with thick vegetation significantly reduces soil particles from washing into the stream.                                                                               

First "Proud Penn State Partner"

In addition to being the oldest equine sanctuary in the country, Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines in Chester County is the first equine facility to receive recognition as a “Proud Penn State Partner.”

  • A sign and certificate that identifies the farm as a Penn State partner was presented to barn manager, Lisa Shotzberger, for her outstanding efforts in working with the Penn State Extension Equine Team. 
  • The Proud Penn State Partner program recognizes farms, organizations, and businesses for their commitment and support for equine stewardship and Extension programs.
  • The award is provided for farm owners and managers that are involved in a continual partnership with the Penn State Extension Equine Team and take part in programs dedicated to adopting and evaluating practices that maintain healthy horses, healthy farms and a healthy environment.
  • The award was presented to Lisa Shotzberger during the recent Penn State Extension Grazing Field Day held at Ryerss.

 

Contact Information

Donna Foulk dlf5
Sarah Crooke smr5162
Nancy Kadwill/Equine Team Member-Equine Consultant /nkadwill2@gmail.com