Board of Directors
Vice PresidentAntoinette Berardelli
Program DirectorRobyn Struz
Board MembersAlvin Cheslow
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.
AJ AKA Applejax had 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. He was on loan to RHF.
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.
AJ Received his wings on 1/4/2021.
“May your heart of gold shine bright over the program”
“Run free AJ, like the wind”
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.
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.
Argo, AKA Still Waters, is an off the track race horse that not only won in the USA but in Puerto Rico. He was used for grooming sessions only and was an excellent subject for our students. During the summer you could find him splashing in his water bucket and making a real mess of things.
Buster Blue Boy AKA Willis is a registered American Paint Horse. He is one of the most gentle horses to participate 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.