Saving Grace Farm programs resume after break, transition

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 28, 2014

Programs at Saving Grace Farm, a local nonprofit organization, resumed Aug. 11. The organization placed activities on hold due to the need for a new instructor and voting in of new board members.
Janna Burns Griggs is back as the program director and lead instructor for the therapeutic horsemanship center. She brings more than 13 years experience in the therapeutic horsemanship industry, a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic horsemanship and more than 10 years experience in fundraising and event planning.
The organization also appointed Debi Stocker Malone as the new board president. She is the owner of Stocker Innovations, a fabrication company in Statesville. Stocker has more than 20 years experience with horses and has volunteered with the organization since its inception. She brings a wealth of knowledge and professionalism to Saving Grace Farm.
Jill Hoben, the past president and founder of the organization, will continue her involvement through an advisory role to the board of directors.
Saving Grace Farm provides equine assisted activities and therapies to people with special needs, disabilities, youth at-risk, seniors, veterans and people who have experienced trauma.
Equine assisted activities help people with special needs achieve a quality of life that is improved, enhanced, and enriched through physical, emotional, social, cognitive and educational benefits, a news release said.
Saving Grace Farm will host The Silver Buckle Charity Ball once again this year for operations and the scholarship fund that provides lesson discounts and free lessons for those in need. The ball is cowboy-themed and includes a live band, full course meal and a silent auction. The event will be held Sept. 20 at Chandelle Farms, 565 Trexler Loop in Salisbury. Tickets are on sale at Search “Silver Buckle Charity Ball.”
To sign up for services at Saving Grace Farm, volunteer or learn more about the organization, visit or contact Griggs at 704-798-5955 or