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New bypass highway to barge through therapeutic horse farm on P.E.I.

Ellen Jones, pictured here with Ginger, is hoping that negotiations with the provincial government on the sale of her farm go well enough to enable her to relocate the therapeutic operation close by.
Ellen Jones, pictured here with Ginger, is hoping that negotiations with the provincial government on the sale of her farm go well enough to enable her to relocate the therapeutic operation close by.

CORNWALL, P.E.I. – The owner of a therapeutic horse farm that uses animals to help people with anxiety is hoping a fundraiser set for Saturday isn’t the last hurrah.

Every year, the Hughes-Jones Centre for People and Animals helps out Anderson House in Charlottetown by providing pony rides.

That event goes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., but the future is somewhat uncertain for the farm.

Ellen Jones is currently negotiating with the province on a sale price for her farm. The province needs the land for the Cornwall bypass highway.

Jones is hoping to have an appraisal done of the property before Christmas.

“We are very aware that our value in the community is going to be one of the things that is hardest to place a monetary value on,’’ Jones said Wednesday.

The centre also works with at-risk youth by teaching them to care for the animals.

Saturday’s fundraiser for Anderson House is expected to be busy. It’s a popular spot. More than 400 people showed up at the farm during Open Farm Day in September.

Jones said they don’t want to get in the way of the bypass project. The plan is to relocate, but their ability to do that depends on what they get in the sale.

Jones wants to stay in the area, hoping to maintain the quiet rural environment she has now. It doesn’t make sense to locate next to a four-lane highway, she said, when they work with kids who have anxiety disorders.

“The real story for us is whether we’ll be able to keep doing this kind of thing for the community down the road or if this will be the last kick at the can.’’

The pony rides are free, but donations are accepted for Anderson House.

“We dress the horses up like reindeer and we have a horse dressed up as Santa and we even have a Mrs. Claus.’’

A group of Holland College alumni work as volunteers to make sure the day goes off smoothly.

The proposed bypass has plans to cut right through Jones’ property.

Every year, the Hughes-Jones Centre for People and Animals helps out Anderson House in Charlottetown by providing pony rides.

That event goes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., but the future is somewhat uncertain for the farm.

Ellen Jones is currently negotiating with the province on a sale price for her farm. The province needs the land for the Cornwall bypass highway.

Jones is hoping to have an appraisal done of the property before Christmas.

“We are very aware that our value in the community is going to be one of the things that is hardest to place a monetary value on,’’ Jones said Wednesday.

The centre also works with at-risk youth by teaching them to care for the animals.

Saturday’s fundraiser for Anderson House is expected to be busy. It’s a popular spot. More than 400 people showed up at the farm during Open Farm Day in September.

Jones said they don’t want to get in the way of the bypass project. The plan is to relocate, but their ability to do that depends on what they get in the sale.

Jones wants to stay in the area, hoping to maintain the quiet rural environment she has now. It doesn’t make sense to locate next to a four-lane highway, she said, when they work with kids who have anxiety disorders.

“The real story for us is whether we’ll be able to keep doing this kind of thing for the community down the road or if this will be the last kick at the can.’’

The pony rides are free, but donations are accepted for Anderson House.

“We dress the horses up like reindeer and we have a horse dressed up as Santa and we even have a Mrs. Claus.’’

A group of Holland College alumni work as volunteers to make sure the day goes off smoothly.

The proposed bypass has plans to cut right through Jones’ property.

Location map of the the Hughes-Jones Centre for People and Animals in Cornwall, just around the corner from East Wiltshire Intermediate School

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