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Meet The Training Team 

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Patti Cianflone

CEO | Barn Manager  

Director Special Programs 

Head Instructor

According to Patti’s mom, her first word was "hi", her second word, "horse". Patti has been working with horses in one capacity or another most of her life.

 

Independently rescuing and rehabbing her first horse at the age of 12. Patti says, “It seems as though I have always been in complete love with these beautiful, powerful yet fragile creatures. I have owned and trained horses since the age of 12 yet learn something new from them each and every day.”

 

Patti’s extensive equine background includes: Certifications in Equine Management, Farm and Barn Management and received a GPA 4.0 from University of Guelf, Ontario, Canada.

 

In her younger years, Patti participated in local shows and competed in such disciplines as barrel racing, pole bending, reining, english equitation, english pleasure, western pleasure.

 

As an adult, Patti has worked in the equine dentistry field, rescued, rehabilitated, retrained and gentled a score of horses, and was even a professional rodeo wrangler in California in charge of over 120 head of horses and four bulls.

 

Patti’s focus and passion is instructing the next generation of true horsemen! She often says, "It is a dying art that is worthy of preservation for the sake of all equines!" 

 

I still love learning about these beautiful animals every single day! I look forward to each and every day going to "work". There is a wise old saying that goes, "Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life"

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April McCarty

 

Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist (CESMT)

Part Time Instructor 

April has loved horses for as long as she can remember.

 

They were the first thing she mastered to draw as a young artist.

When she was 10, a neighbor started teaching her horsemanship and gave her some riding lessons.

The years flew by and April got married and started a family. Horses had to be put on hold. Fast forward a few years... 

In 2013, April was searching for how she could get back into the horse world.

She reached out to a few facilities in her area but, nothing seemed to pan out.

 

Undaunted in her desire to get back into horses, she came upon a facility that was very close to her home and matched her interests!

She sent a short fun and quirky email to them expressing her interest in volunteering at their barn. Since then, April has been a faithful volunteer, with regular chores and Summer Horse Camps! April learned so much about horse care, behavior, tack etc.. over the years and realized a life-long dream of owning her own horse! She is now the proud owner of her very own wonderful Quarter Horse Cross Mare  "Bella" 

 

She enjoys attending riding clinics and shows such as Devon.

April’s main interest is Dressage, she enjoys the challenge it lends the rider to give quiet and subtle aids to create the form and movements in the horse.

As of May 23rd, 2021 April has earned her certification in Equine Sports Massage Therapy!  

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