Fallen Angels

Fallen Angels

It is believed that the spirit pervades all creation and that every creature possesses a soul in some degree, though not necessarily a soul conscious to itself. The tree, the waterfall, the grizzly bear, each is an embodied force, and as such an object of reverence.
Ohiyesa, Sioux 1902 (aka Charles Eastman)

Moose

Bandit Pine Bars (AKA) Moose was donated to our program by the Ebner Family in 2012. He was an American Quarter horse who enjoyed spending time napping in the pasture. If you wanted to make an instant friend, all you had to do was bring him a green apple. They were his weakness.

Moose received his wings on 11/8/2018.

“Kiss to heaven forever in our hearts”
“Run free”

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Meet The Staff

Meet the Staff

The staff at Riding High Farms is dedicated to meeting the individual needs of each student and helping them grow through the program. Each staff member is focused on a person's abilities and not their disabilities. Confidentiality is of great importance to us, and you can be assured that we work together to ensure that your privacy is protected. We consider ourselves a family, and we can’t wait for you to join it.

Take a look at our pictures and bios. We look forward to meeting you.

Rose Delpozo

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.

Judy Ford

Judy Ford began as a volunteer at Riding High Farm over 5 years ago. With the experience gained from the program and the support and encouragement of the staff and instructors, She became a Certified Riding Instructor through the PATH process. She loves each and every student at RHF along with every animal that lives here. In addition to her work at RHF, she is a Mom and an IT Professional for the State of New Jersey.

Kathy Harris

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.

Tabitha C. Hilliard

Tabitha grew up around horses on a hobby farm in rural Virginia. She began taking horseback riding lessons in 2005 and later joined RHF in 2014 after earning her master's degree in Anthropology from Monmouth University. In her spare time, Tabitha enjoys cooking, hiking and leash-walking her cat.

KIm Kenny

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.

Sherry Mahon

Sherry started with RHF in 2002. She has a minor in equine science and is a certified Centered Riding Instructor. Sherry has 14 years of experience in education and is currently teaching Elementary Art.

Lynsey Sandy

Lynsey is a Staff Instructor working on her PATH accreditation. With her outgoing and somewhat loud personality she is hard to miss around the program. Lynsey is a mom to four amazing children and works effortlessly with animal rescues that range from feathers to fur.

Robyn Struz

Robyn has been a part of the RHF team since 1999. She is currently the Director of Programs ensuring the day to day operations go smoothly for both human and horse staff. As a certified PATH Instructor, you will see her on the farm working with students and her team members. She is also certified in Mental Health and Learning and holds a certification in Occupational Therapy and Child Psychology. Robyn is a mom of two amazing kids and enjoys time with family and friends.

Kristy Tamburr

Kristy’s love of horses started at Riding High Farm when she was only 7 years old. She took weekly riding lessons and eventually became a volunteer when she was old enough. She became heavily involved in the United States Pony Club. Kristy evented through the novice level and later attended Delaware Valley University. When she is not at the barn, she spends her time riding her horse and competing with her dogs at various dog shows.

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Meet the Horses

Meet the Horses

Here at Riding High Farm, we are extremely proud of our horses! RHF makes every effort to acquire our equine staff from rescues, and most of our horses have found themselves homeless in the past and in need of a second chance. Our horses come from second and third careers such as law enforcement, racing, show careers and even the rodeo. RHF uses these horses to help promote mental wellness and emotional growth, along with physically strengthening the rider, in what is known as Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies. Some may even say that our horses are therapists themselves! Therapeutic riding allows them to give back and use their special skills and personalities to bond with people. Horses helping people!

Get to know all of Riding High Farm’s Special animals; find a favorite below, and choose a way you can sponsor that animal.

AJ

AJ AKA Applejax has a very interesting and heart warming story:

Years ago when Rose, our barn manager, was just a teenager she owned AJ. Sadly she had to sell him. Several years later Robyn, our director, was told about him and the horrible conditions he was living in. Robyn and her family rescued AJ, brought him back to health, gave him the happiness he deserved and promised him a lifetime of love.

AJ’s caring, easy going manners made for the perfect therapy pony.

This is where it gets interesting ;)

AJ was “ featured” as our horse of the month on Facebook where he popped up on Rose’s newsfeed Christmas morning. Rose called the farm, came out to visit her old friend and became part of the RHF family.

Argo

Argo, AKA Still Waters, is an off the track race horse that not only won in the USA but in Puerto Rico. He is used for grooming sessions only and is an excellent subject for our students. During the summer you can find him splashing in his water bucket and making a real mess of things.

Brandon

Brandon has been with the program for over 25 years. He enjoys semi-retirement but helps out when his “Steady Eddy King of the Service Lift” is needed for wheelchair riders.

Brody

Brody, Aka Pocket Prince, is a registered Appaloosa. He was a rescue with quite an impressive history. For many years Brody was a search and rescue horse. He retired and was given a new home with a family; unfortunately, they had to give him up as they went into retirement. Brody joins us in his second career, enjoys working with our clients and has proven to be an excellent therapy pony.

Duncan

Duncan has a puppy dog personality as well as a been there, done that, whatever attitude. He was donated to our program after he found himself “outgrown” by his former owner that moved on to a larger horse.

Forest the Cat

Forest was found abandoned at only a few hours old in a wood pile. He was bottle raised by the Struz family but soon realized he had a disability as he wasn't moving or nursing like other kittens. After consulting with a veterinarian, it was determined he had Down syndrome. We found the best suitable place for him.

Forest joined the Riding High family in 2018 and has fast become the farm mascot, always around to give a little cuddle when needed or chase a blowing leave for a giggle or two. He is spoiled and loved by all.

Gabe

Gabe is an Arabian horse who had a long show career before he was donated to the program. He loves getting treats from the kids. He is also the king of booboos. So, if you see him walking around with a horse size bandaid be sure to say hello.

Harpo

Harpo is our Riding High Farm Resident Greeter. He is the first one at the gate to say hello and beg for a treat. Harpo was rescued and donated to our program from a local auction. He came to us feral and just a baby. With lots of love, patience and training, he is a special mini to everyone at the farm.

Jetta

Jetta was donated to our program in 2014 from Helping Hearts Equine Rescue. She came to the program very young with little to no training and over the years has grown into a wonderful caring partner to our younger clients. Jetta loves to play in the water.

Jinx

Jinx was donated to us in 2016 by the Hill Family. He is our big guy and barn favorite with his "how can I help you" personality. His shiny white coat makes for lots of baths and fun for everyone.

Leo

Leo was donated to the program in 2019 after a short vacation from therapy to be a family horse, but he missed the constant hustle of the program life. He is a draft breed and not only does he like his riders but he also enjoys getting hooked up to a cart and taking to the road.

Magic

Magic Man was adopted from the Standardbred Retirement Foundation in 2010. Magic fits his name in so many ways. He is truly a gentle giant, the tallest horse in the program and the kindest soul.

Marley

Donated to the program by the Miller family in 2016.

Marley was born on the 5N Ranch in Saratoga, WY on May 10, 2012. His mom Nima was born wild and raised in the White Mountain Herd in Rock Springs, WY. When Nima was just 5 years old and pregnant, she and her family were rounded up by the Bureau of Land Management, losing their freedom forever.

When Marley was just a yearling, he and his mom made the journey to Lexington, KY. When Marley was 4, he was ready to begin his grown up life. On September 29, 2016, he made his journey to join friends in New Jersey and begin his life as a therapy horse. Marley is a curly mustang who loves to play and have fun and who will always carry the spirit of his wild horse family.

Oreo

Oreo was donated to us in 2016 from the Kampel family. He is our “Class Clown”. As one of the young guys in the herd, he is always causing or finding some kind of trouble. Don’t be surprised if you see him “horsing” around.

Reno

Reno was donated to RHF in 2015. He was a rescue that we agreed to take in and rehabilitate. It was a gamble, so we named him Reno and, thankfully, it all payed off! While some call him the grumpy old man of the herd, he has a huge heart, loves his job and has a safe place to call home.

Willis

Buster Blue Boy AKA Willis is a registered American Paint Horse. He is one of the most gentle horses in the program. While his cute face makes him approachable, most people fall in love with his goofy personality. He tilts his head and makes a grunting noise when he is asking for treats. Willis is definitely a special part of this program and is better for riders who are just beginning.

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