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Our Staff at High Horses

All of our instructors undergo a rigorous training and lengthy apprenticeship overseen by PATH Intl’, the organization that certifies, accredits, and is primarily responsible for educating centers and members.There are three levels of certification available to prospective instructors: Registered, Advanced, and Master. High Horses instructors are paid professionals who are certified in CPR and First Aid.

Aileen Reney

With High Horses since June 2016

Position: PATH Intl’ registered instructor

Aileen

Professional Background: Aileen grew up with horses and started taking riding lessons when she was five. She participated in 4-H throughout high school with her Norwegian Fjord pony. She went to college at UNH where she earned a BS in Equine Science and minored in Psychology. While at UNH, she received her PATH Intl’ registered level instructor certification. After graduating, she moved to Idaho to work as an instructor/equine manager at a therapeutic riding facility in Sun Valley. Aileen is now back on the NH/VT area and is eager to start teaching again. When not teaching at High Horses, Aileen works for Easters Seals as a Youth Support Specialist.

Hobbies and Interests: When Aileen is not hanging out with horses, she enjoys playing volleyball, hiking in the White Mountains, rowing on Lake Sunapee, and going for long runs with her dog, Gus.

Amanda LamoureuxAmanda Lamoureux

With High Horses since May 2008
Position at High Horses:  She is the Facility Manager
Professional Background: Amanda grew up with horses and started her horse career as a working student at age 12. From there she continued working in different barns while spending time in 4-H, Pony Club, and progressing to teaching riding lessons, summer camps, and training green horses through high school and college where she studied small business management. Besides a brief period where she worked as a dog trainer, Amanda has worked as a professional with horses her whole life. In her own riding she has mostly focused on dressage, but she has also trained and competed in 3-phase eventing, show jumping, endurance riding, gymkhana, and spent time studying natural horsemanship.
Teaching Philosophy: Amanda’s teaching style is to have fun and enjoy being with the horse. She feels that in the therapeutic riding environment having a team relationship between rider, horse, volunteers, instructor, caregivers and parents makes for the best outcome in lessons. She is often found communicating with parents and caregivers over the fence while empowering volunteers to complete a task with the riders.
Hobbies & Interests: When not at High Horses she enjoys trail riding, spending time with family and friends, sketching, reading, volunteering at her church or at her son’s school, playing with her dog and cat, and computer games.

Betsy MedingerBetsy Medinger

With High Horses since 2010
Position at High Horses: PATH Intl’ Registered Level Instructor
Professional Background: Betsy moved to Vermont a year ago and joined High Horses soon after. She comes from Connecticut with a background in Special Education, and the Hunter/Jumper show world. Betsy started her career working in residential facilities, while continuing to ride and work at the local show stable. Blending the two vocations led her to a career as instructor and program director for Pegasus Therapeutic Riding for 26 years.
Hobbies & Interests: Betsy is an avid rider, and lover of outdoor activities. She also enjoys life on a horse farm in W. Windsor with her husband, dogs, cat, chickens and two kids when they can visit.

Caroline Dupere

With High Horses since June 2016

Position at High Horses: American Hippotherapy Association Level II

Professional Background: Caroline graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2013 with a Master’s of Science degree in Occupational Therapy and a minor in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies. She is a registered occupational therapist and is licensed in the states of New Hampshire & Vermont. Caroline has experience working across the age span and has specialized in working with children ages birth to three, providing transdisciplinary therapy service to infants and toddlers in their home. She also works with pediatric population focused on testing and therapeutic intervention within the clinic setting. Caroline joins High Horses as a treating OT and supervisor for the use of equine movement as a treatment strategy.

Diana Huntley

With High Horses since 2015
Position at High Horses: PATH Intl’ Registered Level Instructor
Professional Background: Has extensive horse experience being a Three Day Eventer for many years.  She was lucky enough to train with the best of the best, many being from this area. Diana has taught riding & snowboarding for many years. For the past 5 years Diana has been involved with snowboarding and the Special Olympics in the Upper Valley. Diana is also a Reiki master, and has taught yoga dance, and drumming. Diana is an LPN and continues to pursue nursing school with ambitions to further her skill, the connections to therapeutic riding greatly overlap. Diana is excited to do more research, and implement her findings into the ring and trail!

“I can’t tell you how much I am a believer in the magic of therapeutic horse back riding. I have watched riders transform and bloom in a few short weeks, on every level. I experience this profound transformation myself every time I ride. It clears my mind, strengthens my body, and changes my energy, sense of being grounded.”

 

Ellen M. Zaika

Ellen Zaika

With High Horses since 2009
Position at High Horses: Site & Volunteer Manager
Professional Background: Ellen grew up in Amherst, New York. She moved to New England to attend Boston University where she earned a degree in Communications. She has always loved horses but really didn’t have time to indulge that passion until retiring from Verizon Communications in 2008. Ellen began with High Horses as a volunteer soon-after retirement and became the Site Coordinator in 2009. She truly loves the program. Ellen feels so fortunate to be the staff member always on-site. She loves witnessing and sharing in the happiness, and physical and emotional benefits that the program provides to riders, families, caregivers,and also our volunteers!
Hobbies & Interests: Ellen enjoys being outdoors and always loves spending time with her Jack Russell Terrier & Golden Retriever and her trail horse Slim.

 

 

Lincoln Alden

With High Horses Since 2017

Position at High Horses:  PTA practicing Hippotherapy

Professional Background: Lincoln is excited and privileged to be part of the High Horses extended family. He is Level One certified in hippotherapy, working with a variety of ages, patients and complex conditions. With personalized and considerate care, Lincoln strives to assist each individual, in reaching his or her optimal function and peak performance goals.  For each patient and family, our instruction team and supervising physical therapist develop a comprehensive treatment plan. Currently, practicing at Schmidt Physical therapy in Lebanon, he previously treated patients at Green Mountain PT and Ottauquecchee PT. Lincoln graduated from Boston University in 1979, with a degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and continued his studies at New England School of Acupuncture. In 2012, he graduated from the River Valley Community College, Physical Therapist Assistant Program.

Hobbies and Interests:Living, working, raising a family in South Strafford, Vermont, for over 32 years, he enjoys riding, running, skiing, hiking, swimming, gardening, gourmet cooking and yoga.

Molly Fenty

With High Horses Since 2016

Position at High Horses: PATH Intl’ Registered Level InstructorMolly
Professional Background: Molly did not grow up in a horse barn, but she certainly got there as soon as she could! She spent her high school and college years as a working student at both ranches and hunter jumper barns learning everything she could about the horse industry. After graduate school, Molly joined the Marine Corps to serve her county and unfortunately suffered a training accident that left her in a wheel chair struggling to walk. Luckily, Molly found a PATH Intl. facility that helped her back on her feet, and even better back on horses. Seeing first hand the amazing impact that horses can have when used in a therapeutic setting influenced her pursuing her PATH Intl. Registered Level Riding Instructor certification with the help of High Horses Riding Program. When not teaching at High Horses, Molly is the Executive Director at The Hooved Animal Sanctuary, a rescue for abused and neglected horses in Chelsea, Vermont.

Hobbies and Interests: Molly spends most of her free time enjoying the company of the many horses that live at her rescue as well as playing with her two rescue dogs, Remi and Ruger. She also enjoys hiking, yoga, and sewing her own clothes. 

Nicole(1)Nicole Jorgensen

With High Horses Since 2015
Position at High Horses: Executive Director
Professional Background:  Nicole grew up in New York State where she received a BS in Business Administration and Marketing from SUNY Brockport.  Then the next step in life took her to Utah where she completed a Master’s Degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism from the University of Utah.  She moved to the Upper Valley just recently after her husband started a job at the VA Hospital.  Nicole has had an extensive career in the non-profit world including the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah, the American Cancer Society, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  She has held positions in all areas of a non-profit business and is excited to be a part of the High Horses team!
In spite of having limited experiences with horses, she has been connected to them intermittently throughout her life and feels comfortable and happy to be around them.
Hobbies & Interests: Nicole loves to hike, camp, read, and spend time with her husband and their two dogs, Hermie and Mars.

 

Shari Gliedman-Baker

With High Horses Since 2018

Position at High Horses:  COTA practicing Hippotherapy

Professional Background: Shari is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant licensed in Vermont since 2012.  She is a certified level 1 Hippotherapy practitioner by the American Hippotherapy Association and is looking forward to gaining her level 2 certification this spring. In addition, Shari is a PATH Registered Level instructor, a registered yoga teacher and Reiki level 2 practitioner.  She has been volunteering in Therapeutic Riding programs since 2002.  Shari grew up as a horse-crazy kid in a suburb of New York City taking any opportunity she could to be around horses and ride. It wasn’t until 2000 when she moved to Putney, Vermont to raise her children that she was able to have her own horses and make them an everyday part of her and her family’s life.  When one of her sons was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and Sensory Processing Disorder at a young age, the resulting journey led her to Occupational Therapy and eventually to Therapeutic Riding and Hippotherapy. Shari has experience treating across the life span including sub-acute clinical experience in Adult and Geriatric rehabilitation, training in Manual Therapy and a special interest in Sensory Processing.

 Hobbies and Interests:  Shari enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, 2 rescue horses and 3 dogs (plus her 4 adult children whenever possible).  She is a dedicated yoga practitioner as well as a self-confessed Workshop/Continuing Ed junkie taking courses on all kinds of holistic health care for humans as well as for horses. Shari enjoys volunteering in her community for Putney Community Cares as well as Meals on Wheels.

 

Sienna Whitney

With High Horses since 2015
Position at High Horses:  PATH Intl’ Registered Level Instructor & Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.
Professional Background: sept11 (3)Sienna grew up in San Diego, California where she began volunteering at a therapeutic riding program, B.E.T.H (Bonita Equestrian Therapy for the Handicapped) in the late 80’s. The BETH program was founded and run by JoAnn Rangus who was a passionate, loving and empowering woman and brought out the best in people she came into contact with. Sienna greatly respected and admired her as well as Jo’s lead instructor, Amy Sheets. Over her eight years of volunteering Sienna learned a great deal about working with horses, people with disabilities, and many life lessons that she carries with her today. She rode and worked at Blackland Farm which was a hunter/jumper stable in Bonita, California.

In the late 90’s Sienna moved to Vermont where she worked for four years for Rozo McLaughlin at Hitching Post Farm, which is a stable that hosts and competes in three-phase eventing. Sienna had the opportunity to work with the at-risk population at an alternative school run by the Clara Martin Center where she worked in the Elementary and Adventure Learning Program. She also had the privilege to work with children at the Barnard Academy. After a dozen years working within the schools, Sienna was drawn back to Therapeutic Riding. She received her Registered Level Certification through High Hopes Instructor Training Course in Old Lyme Connecticut.

Teaching Philosophy: Winston Churchill said “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.” The horse is the greatest teacher, the instructor is only the facilitator and the volunteers are an extension of her. Together with the many other facilitators in our team, each of us has the opportunity to reach our full potential as we partner with our intuitive equine teachers. Sienna is proud to be a part of the process.

 

Susan MillerSusan (Sue) Miller

With High Horses since 1998
Position at High Horses: Program Director and PATH Intl’ Registered Level Instructor & Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.
Professional Background: Sue started with saddleseat lessons on Morgans and has ridden and studied huntseat, sidesaddle and dressage and has an interest in natural horsemanship. She has a small farm in Bradford where she and her family have raised a few  Morgan horses with the Misure prefix. Sue has served in different capacities over the years at High Horses and helps on different committees for  PATH Intl’, such as PATH International Accreditation Subcommittee, New England Special Activities Resources (NESAR) as a Board Member, Site Representative, PATH Associate Site visitor, Mentor and region one communication chair as well as the PATH Intl’ Vermont State Chairperson and is assisting in revamping the Associate Visitor Training Course to become an online course. Sue is also involved with Vermont equine activities and is the Vice President of the Vermont Horse Shows Association and President of the Vermont Horse Council. Sue graduated from the Community College of Vermont with an Associate’s degree in childhood education and Johnson State College with a BA in professional studies and is a level 2 Reiki practitioner.

Teaching Philosophy: Sue’s teaching philosophy is one that she creates and builds upon as she acquires new experiences. Susan enjoys teaching lessons that are fun and interesting for the rider and watching riders reach their personal riding goals. Sue aspires to bring an open mind, a positive attitude, and high expectations to High Horses each day.