Welcoming our new office manager, Lisa!
Lisa has been a lifelong equestrian and equine advocate. In the last five years she has focused primarily on therapeutic riding instruction and believes strongly in the benefit of the horse/human bond. In the last two years she has earned the Advanced Level Riding Instructor certification with PATH International as well as the Mentor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning designations.
“A good instructor is only there to be a translator between horse and rider. My favorite thing about my job is watching the tremendous physical and emotional healing that can happen when a horse enters the equation. I’ve seen it happen over and over again and it’s something that can’t be replicated. I have always wanted to be involved in a program that is able to reach people from all walks of life and I’m happy I’ve found that in Thorncroft.”
Lisa comes from a family of horsemen, most notably her father who is an accomplished trainer, clinician and author. By the age of six her great-grandmother had bought her a horse of her own and by fourteen she qualified for the Horse Judging National Finals, beginning her lifelong career as an instructor.
By age 28 she had managed and operated her family’s riding academy and boarding business for 6 years and trained under several world class Hunter/Jumper trainers across the US and Canada, including the US Olympic Show Jumping coach.
She then went on to earn the Intermediate and Advanced certifications in three disciplines with the ARICP and was recommended by the American Riding Instructors Association as 1 of 5 instructors across the United States to be interviewed by Horse & Rider magazine.
Over the years she has competed in multiple disciplines some of which include Combined Training and western gaming, and has been involved in equine rescue and rehabilitation, primarily with retraining track horses.
In her spare time Lisa likes traveling and spending time with her three teenagers.