Rose is our Barn Manager and Volunteer Coordinator here at Riding High Farm. In 2010 she spent 9 months in Florida attending Disney’s College Program. While there, she obtained certificates in Psychology and Leadership. When she returned to NJ, she was a Kennel Manager and Veterinary Assistant for 4 years before she called Riding High her home. Outside of work, she takes pride in her ability to craft just about anything she dreams of. Her time is spent in parks or fairgrounds enjoying life to the fullest.
Kathy is a PATH certified instructor teaching individual and group sessions. She brings over 10 years of experience working with adults and children on the autism spectrum, those with physical disabilities and psycho-social disorders. Using equine assisted learning techniques she has taken on the roles of both a riding instructor and a lead instructor for an at-risk teen program. Kathy has a passion for working to effectuate change in lives through recreation, education, positive guidance and support.
Dawn has been volunteering and working in the therapeutic riding community since she started college. She fell in love with the students with disabilities, horses, instructors and fellow volunteers. While searching for a college to obtain her bachelor’s degree, she applied to Centenary University and found that they had an equine studies degree and a therapeutic riding program. She started volunteering and learned about the Path Certification Program. Dawn knew then that she wanted to be a therapeutic riding instructor and she accomplished her dream through hard work and determination. She was officially certified in June 2021. Riding High Farms is her first barn where she is honing her teaching skills. As Dawn said, “It has been an amazing experience meeting the students and staff.”
Kim started as a volunteer at Riding High in 2009. After seeing the difference therapeutic riding made in people’s lives she decided to pursue a certification through the NARHA (now PATH) program offered at Centenary College. Upon completion of the program and passing the required testing she started working at Riding High as a certified instructor on the weekends. Since that time, she has transitioned to a substitute teacher at Riding High, but cherishes the times when she is able to fill in.
Originally from England, Julie learned she had a love for horses at a very young age. After successfully raising a family in Las Vegas, NV, she found her self longing to be around horses again. Starting as a volunteer, she discovered a passion for helping others, especially those with special needs. Julie has been working hoof in hand with horses for 9 years, ground training and brushing up on her own riding skills. After moving to be closer to her youngest daughter and her family here in NJ in early 2020, Julie now works full time as a receptionist at a Veterinary Hospital and is also a PATH certified riding instructor at Riding High Farm. In her spare time, Julie enjoys spending time with her family and two beautiful grand-daughters.