On Oct 14, 2009, Leslie Haynes and her 34" miniature horse, Rose, delighted pre-schoolers with an inside visit at the library during Story Hour. Her visit was in conjunction with The Literary Horse photo exhibit, in which Leslie and her barn manager, Natalie Jarnis, are featured. The free exhibit runs through Nov 6 at Kimball Public Library in Randolph. See the events page for details on the Nov 3 free reception at the library and the Nov 6 free photo opportunity with Vanessa Wright at Rough Terrain Farm.
See below for more about the 2008 Literary Horse photo shoot with Leslie and Natalie.
In January 2009 Leslie Haynes and Jean Harvey traveled to Ocala, Florida to visit and train at the Florida Carriage Museum & Resort. Founded in 1995 by entrepreneur and philanthropist, Gloria Austin, the property is a carriage museum, driving, riding and education center, equine resort and home to Equine Heritage Institute. Leslie, at top right, and Jean, below, each drove numerous pairs of Gloria Austin's Fresians during their week long stay.
For a few weeks in April, Leslie returned to Ocala with daughter and trainer Jessy Stewart to do some more driving at the Carriage Museum, and to attend an equine massage program at Animal Dynamics, an Equine Sports Massage School in Reddick, Florida.
Jean Harvey at the Florida Carriage Museum & Resort. Jean boards and trains two horses at Rough Terrain Farm, Diamond Alley and Jess, who she will be training to drive as a pair.
In the summer of 2008, professional photographer Vanessa Wright came to the farm to take photos for one of her touring exhibits. These breath-taking exhibits pair photos of today's horses and riders with quotations from the world's great books, and are displayed at public and school libraries around the country.
Natalie Jarnis was photographed reading one of the classics while mounted on Beau. The photo appears on The Literary Horse website in The Legends slide show. She is wearing a pink shirt and hard hat, on Beau, the chestnut with a white blaze, reading The Odyssey!
Leslie, who specializes in training driving horses for handicapped drivers, learned of a woman in Massachusetts who became paralyzed in a jumping accident, and offered to take and train Bucky, pictured above, for six-weeks. The mini, owned by Rita Bellinger, a member of the Connecticut Valley Driving Club, was a gift to the injured woman, Brenda. Rita's husband modified a cart for easier accessibility and another friend donated a five-point race car harness with a quick release belt that was installed in the cart. The belt supports Brenda's upper body perfectly making her feel safe. Bucky is proving to be a very suitable handicap driving pony and Brenda is enjoying learning to drive!
Please contact Leslie Haynes by phone at 802-461-6197 NOT by email.
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