Ryerss Farm For Aged Equines To Hold Stop On Tour

Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines will host one stop on the 2000 Chester County Farm-City Tour on November 4. The tour is an annual event in Chester County, PA, which gives city and suburban dwellers from surrounding communities the chance to view agriculture, and agricultural issues, up close.

The goal of this year's farm-city tour is to show the public how the agricultural community has evolved in order to co-exist and serve the growing sprawl of Suburbia. A number of farms throughout Chester County will host stops at their facilities, giving visitors narrated tours and samples of the various products they produce.

Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines will be of particular interest to visitors because of the unique role it plays in the equine community. Home to nearly 100 aged and abused horses, Ryerss is the oldest and largest non-profit organization of its kind in the country. Established in 1888 as part of an endowment from the estate of Ann Waln Ryerss, the farm's mission is to provide aged and abused horses with a place of peaceful retirement for the rest of their lives.

"We're very excited about hosting the farm-city tour this year," said Ryerss President Joseph Donahue. "With over 100 years of history, Ryerss has a lot to share with visitors about horse care and farming in Chester County," he added.

Visitors to the farm will have a chance to see its 391 sprawling acres of lush farmland, woods and spring-fed pastures for the horses. The tour will include a look at Ryerss' comfortable main barn, where its retired residents spend inclement weather in large, warm box stalls. In addition, visitors will hear from the farm's staff about its current use, it history and special programs-such as the PMU foal adoption and The Blessing of The Animals.

Discussions will include equine welfare issues and the special healthcare needs of Ryerss aged residents.

Ryerss Farm is a non-profit organization and depends solely on the generosity of friends and horse enthusiasts in order to continue its mission. For the one-time donation of $3,500 horse owners can provide their aged companions with a loving home for the rest of their lives.

For more information about Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines, or the Farm-City Tour, contact Ryerss at 610-469-0533, or visit www.ryerss.com.

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