A short 15-minute drive from Hancock over the border into Pennsylvania along Route 370 will bring you to the sleepy little village of Poyntelle, PA. The scenic drive passes by bucolic streams, farmlands peppered with grazing animals, and wooded hillsides where white-tailed deer, black bear, and wild turkeys abound. And now, thanks to the hard work of Christine Davis, you’ll find another (not-so-wild) species making an appearance in the neighborhood… horses!
Saturday, May 16, 2015 is the official Grand Opening of the new Black Diamond Equestrian Center in Poyntelle, PA — the culmination of years of planning and the lifelong dream of riding instructor and equine educator Christine Davis.
Born and raised in Poyntelle, Christine was riding before she could walk, and she’s been competing in English hunters and jumpers since she was 11 years old. Thanks to her mom’s keen eye for great horses that would otherwise be sent to the kill pens or auctions, Christine grew up with a strong commitment and compassion to rescue abused and mishandled horses, determined to give them a new lease on life in a loving and supportive environment. Christine also holds a bachelor’s degree in Education of Students with Exceptionalities. With these complementary credentials, along with several years spent working with children and horses in Ireland, Colorado, and California, Christine has returned home to Poyntelle to open the Black Diamond Equestrian Center with the intention of sharing the gifts of her knowledge — and the wonderful rescue horses she’s brought with her — with her local community and visitors to the area.
Each horse at Black Diamond is a rescue. Their stories are incredible, including one horse originally valued at $220,000 that Christine purchased for $700 off a meat truck headed for Mexico. Through hard work, patience, and unfaltering dedication to her craft, Christine has restored these magnificent creatures to their former glory and has made them accessible to the public to enjoy in an idyllic setting in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania. The Equestrian Center offers programs for children and adults and is an excellent activity for youth to build self-confidence, responsibility, and empathy for our fellow creatures. The center provides riding lessons in both English and Western styles, trail rides, horse training, de-spooking programs, therapeutic riding, leadership and team building classes, and a monthly “Hilltopper’s Club” for the over-25 set.