My name is Valentine Galasso, but most call me Vali. I have always been a rider, as a child in Tunisia on a donkey, a teenager in Thailand at the Royal Polo Club, Three Day Eventing in Northern Virginia, galloping down the manor lane with a friend while attending college, to having a foal born in my barn. That foal is now 21 years old his name is “Kapitan”, the big guy looking over my shoulder. I knew Talisman was my destination when I started as a volunteer here several years ago. I get my therapy just being on this lovely farm and caring for our wonderful horses and the beautiful old barn, not to mention the smiling faces of our riders. The free spirit of the horses and their understanding and connecting to our feelings make them the best friends to have. I think we have a great team of professionals, staff, and volunteers here at Talisman and I’m proud to have the privilege of working with them. Each day offers a new beginning.