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Join us for a visit… Thorncroft since 1969.

 

Thorncroft strives to develop the physical and emotional well-being of all who come to the farm.

In an environment of love and respect, Thorncroft helps individuals grow and excel in ways never believed possible.

Thorncroft is committed to helping individuals of all abilities heal, grow and develop through the use of 18 instructors, 34 horses, 2 indoor arenas on 70 acres of open space.

Welcome to Holland

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand, to imagine how it would feel.

It’s like this...

When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum, the Michelangelo, David, the gondolas of Venice, you may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives.

You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later the plane lands and the stewardess comes in to say, "Welcome to Holland."

"Holland?!" you say.

"What do you mean Holland? I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in Italy! All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy!"

But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland, and there you must stay. The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place full of pestilence, famine and disease. It’s just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met. It’s not Italy. It’s just a different place. After you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you can look around and begin to notice that Holland has windmills, Holland has tulips, Holland even has Rembrandts.

Everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy, and they’re bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life you will say, "Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned." The pain of that will never go away because the loss of the dream is a very significant loss.

But if you spend you life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things about Holland!

- Emily Perl Kingsley

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190 Line Road
Malvern, PA 19355
610.644.1963
610.644.9342 (fax)
info@thorncroft.org

Inclement weather policy: While we do not encourage driving in inclement weather we will always have an instructor available if you choose to attend your lesson. Please call the office 610.644.1963 if you are unable to attend.


Monday - Friday:
7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: closed

Holiday Closings: New Year’s Eve at 5pm, New Years Day, Memorial Day Weekend Fri - Mon, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve at 5pm, Christmas Day