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Your Time: Heritage Farm, Easthampton

  • Diane Raucher Miller, left, Madeline Caires, Isabella Charette and Ava Smith.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Kaitlyn Thoma, left, Douglas Raucher and Bob Aquadro.KEVIN GUTTING
  • Ava Smith.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Riding, from left, Isabella Charette, Nava Chevan, Madeline Caires and Ava Smith. Walking, Teagan Charles, left, and Diane Raucher Miller.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Diane Raucher Miller, left, Nava Chevan.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Isabella Charette.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Diane Raucher Miller, left, Nava Chevan.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Jillian Ruyffelae, left, Douglas Raucher and Bob Aquadro.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Ally Rougemont.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Isabella Charette.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Bob Aquadro.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Joellen Aquadro.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Diane Raucher Miller, left,  Ava Smith, Madeline Caires, Teagan Charles and Isabella Charette.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Douglas Raucher, left, and Bob Aquadro.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Jillian Ruyffelae, left, Ava Smith.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Ally Rougemont.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Diane Raucher Miller.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Riding, from left, Nava Chevan, Isabella Charette,  Madeline Caires and Ava Smith. Walking, Diane Raucher Miller, left, and Teagan Charles.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Diane Raucher Miller, left, Isabella Charette.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Jillian Ruyffelae.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Isabella Charette.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Diane Raucher Miller.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

Photos and text by Kevin Gutting

On any given day at the Raucher family’s Heritage Farm in Easthampton, you might find Diane Raucher Miller in the indoor arena beginning a group riding lesson for elementary school-age kids, or brother Douglas Raucher in one of the outdoor rings tutoring an adult in a private lesson. Inside the barns, riders of all ages are brushing down horses or setting up their mounts.

The main business of the farm is buying and selling horses, but all those horses need to be worked and that provides ample opportunities for riding. Beginning riders can actually learn a few things from the older experienced horses and, conversely, experienced riders can get the younger horses used to being worked.

Of children new to the pursuit, Raucher Miller says, “I enjoy seeing them grow and become safe and proficient.” And, she says, there is a growing population of older riders who either rode when they were younger and are coming back to it, or who are now learning to ride after raising their own families and deciding they want to ride horses.

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