Harvest Moon to Shine on Talisman Event

On Saturday October 22nd, the Harvest moon will be the featured guest at the black tie and blue jeans ball being held at the Prospect Bay Country Club to benefit Talisman Therapeutic Riding. Service bars will be inside and outside, so guests can enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeurves as they watch the Talisman riders put the horses through their paces.  A toast to the Harvest moon at 6:03 pm will be followed by a filet and crab cake dinner, dancing to the music of the Chris Sack’s Band, a diamond earring raffle, and a live auction.

moon-ballTalisman Therapeutic Riding, Inc. opened its doors in the spring of 2012 to work with autistic children and children with physical and mental challenges. Since then the programs have been expanded to include work with returning Afghanistan and Iraq veterans, at-risk teens, and young adults with life-limiting health conditions. Its unique approach pairs the clients with horses, licensed riding instructors, and certified health care professionals, such as physical and speech therapists to enhance riders’ physical strength while providing them educational and restorative opportunities.

“When we first opened our doors, we had 2 horses and 1 rider,” said Board Chairman Tom Saquella. “Last year we provided more than 3,400 lessons. We are so happy to be able to meet the needs of some of our most vulnerable Eastern Shore residents We’re growing faster than our resources, so the success of this event is crucial to our continuing to program for the number of potential riders who apply.”

The dress for the October 22nd event is Black Tie/Blue Jeans and it begins at 5:00 pm. Tickets are $100 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.talismantherapeuticriding.org or call 443-239-9400.

“Rider Cup” Scores Big Win Talisman Therapeutic

the-rider-cup-2016-ttr-chairmans-foursomeOn Monday, September 26, the front nine at Prospect Bay golf course was filled with golfers ‘playing through’ for riders in the programs at Talisman Therapeutic Riding. Golfers helped provide much need funds to help the five year old organization deliver vital services to physically and mentally challenged individuals and veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Pictured from left to right are Tom Helfenbein, TTR Chairman Tom Saquella, Delegate Steve Arentz and State Senator Steve Hershey.

Distinguished Guests to Grace the ‘Kudner Property’ for Derby Day Live

Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly pictured here with Prudence Kudner, first wife of Arthur II, at the couple’s wedding.

Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly pictured here with Prudence Kudner, first wife of Arthur II, at the couple’s wedding.

The ‘Kudner property’, as the locals call it, on May 3rd will again be the site for the annual Derby Day Live! event benefiting the Talisman Therapeutic Riding program. Again this year 175 guests will don big gorgeous hats and sip mint juleps as they watch rider demonstrations and view a live telecast of the Kentucky Derby. Dinner in the manor house will follow.

The original Kudner manor house was built in 1934 by Arthur Kudner Sr., a New York ad executive. Located on almost 1000 acres, the house is located down the lane from the airplane hangar and adjacent to what was once a triangular airstrip that accommodated an airplane’s approach from any direction.

Arthur H. Kudner, Sr.

Arthur H. Kudner, Sr.

Although many Queen Anne’s Countians recall spending time as kids on the property’s beach or in the fields, the Kudner home also saw some grand parties. Among the dignitaries that graced the farm were boxing great Gene Tunney and former New York Governor Averill Harriman. The family friends’ list was highlighted by their close friendship with actress and later Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly.

“We are especially excited that this year our special guests will include Mr. and Mrs. Art Kudner III,” said Anne Joyner President and founder of Talisman Therapeutic Riding. “We’re anxious for them to see the work we’re doing on their family farm, thanks to the legacy of Arthur II.

According to the wishes of the now-deceased Art Kudner II, the property is now an environmental preserve and under the management of the Chesapeake Wildlife Heritage. Over 200 species of birds migrate through the property annually while red foxes, turkeys, bald eagles, ground hogs, and deer make their homes on the land.

The tickets are $85 per person and include hors d’oeurves, dinner, mint juleps, bourbon tasting, rider demonstrations, and a live and silent auction. Some tickets are still available by calling 443-239-9400 or at www.talismantherapeuticriding.org