Jonathan Shaw is an expert falconer known for the falconry he does from horseback. 

When Chesapeake Forum visited with Jon last Summer to learn about his “field of dreams” – 32 acres of prime farmland near Centerville planted with a sea of native perennials – we couldn’t help but have our interest piqued by his description of the ancient art of falconry from horseback.

As it turns out, Jon spends a great deal of time as a volunteer at Talisman Therapeutic Riding in Grasonville, MD. Talisman has a beautiful indoor riding arena with seating for as many as 40 lifelong learners, and a barn full of horses that just love a few pats. Noelle Douglas, Executive Director of Talisman, is ready to welcome us there.

Chesapeake Forum will head out to the Talisman therapeutic Riding Center for a “two-fer.”  We will get to watch Jon in action aboard his Paso Fino horses, demonstrating the ancient art of falconry, with maybe a little fun exercise in horse soccer or archery thrown in. And Noelle and her team will also show us the equine-assisted activities that provide therapeutic opportunities for participants of all ages, with a diverse array of challenges.  

We are adding $20 to the cost of this fun field trip as a donation toward the work of Talisman Therapeutic Riding.

What to Expect:

Enjoy the easy repartee between Noelle and Jon as he expertly demonstrates the ancient art of falconry from horseback. As a special bonus, you will learn more about the transformative, healing power of horses in helping people of all ages with cognitive, physical, emotional and social challenges and disabilities. You’ll feel for yourself the unique lift of being around horses.

IN PERSON at Talisman Therapeutic Riding (172 Blue Ribbon Lane, Grasonville, MD 21638) | 1 session | Monday | February 26 | 1 – 2:30 pm | $40

Jonathan Shaw

Jonathan Shaw

Jonathan Shaw is a renowned wildlife artist and instructor. Born in England, Jon is an expert Falconer and accomplished horseman. He has a passion for raising, breeding, and training Paso Fino horses, known for their naturally smooth gait. He and his wife Ann Habberton Shaw are long time Queen Anne's County residents and reside on a farm in Queenstown.

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