"Cover Story" piece on the Libra Foundation's $40 million rehabilitation of the
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"Cover Story" piece on the Libra Foundation's $40 million rehabilitation of the Pineland Center in Gray. Questions have arisen concerning the stunning new equestrian center designed to be a world-class facility for therapeutic riding on the college-like campus. In December, the center received a less-than-flattering review from The Horse's Maine, a monthly newspaper that covers the horse world, which stated that while the center shows the results of a lot of taste and money, it lacks knowledge of day-to-day horsemanship. The center hasn't opened yet and Owen Wells, president of the $300 million Libra Foundation funded by the late Betty Noyce, has already terminated a contract with Barbara Doughty, director of Flying Changes Therapeutic Riding Center in Topsham, who was hired as startup consultant and fired after she complained about substandard horse care and operating standards. Riding to the Top, a therapeutic riding program in Windham, has been brought in to replace Doughty. The operation is supposed to open on Jan. 29. With a list of therapeutic riding centers in Maine.