1710 Ridge Road
Pottstown, PA ,19465
Ryerss farm was endowed in 1888 as part of the legacy of Anne Waln Ryerss. Today, over 117 years later, Ryerss is the oldest and largest non-profit organization of its kind in the United States.
Originally founded as a "hospital for ill, aged and injured animals," Ryerss took in its first residents on June 11, 1889 at their first farm in the Bustleton section of northeast Philadelphia. The infirmary became a haven for old hunters, ponies and workhorses from the Philadelphia area. The farm's mission expanded when it took in a dozen retired horses who had been used to pull fire engines in the city of Philadelphia. Eventually, mules, dogs and even a cow found their refuge at the first Ryerss Farm.
Once a horse is admitted to Ryerss, it is truly retired—it's never ridden or worked again. Pastures are rotated, raked and limed regularly to provide optimum grazing conditions for the retirees. Shade trees can be found in abundance and each pasture has a natural supply of fresh water running through it.
A veterinarian visits the farm and sees each horse on a regular basis. Routine care is handled by the staff. Many people tell us that the horses at Ryerss receive better care and attention than is provided by many nursing homes.