Chris has been involved with the program since 1986 when her daughter, Lindsey, began hippotherapy at the age of 2 to aid her low muscle tone characteristic of Down Syndrome. Over the next 17 years, her role changed from parent to volunteer to instructor and to board member, but always an advocate for the program, having witnessed first-hand the benefits riding had provided for her daughter. In 2004, tragically Lindsey passed away from leukemia after only a month-long battle; she was 10 days shy of her 20th birthday. Lindsey was successful at getting the whole family involved with horses, participating in 4H horse shows with her brother and sister and the family horse, Twizzle. Horses not only aided Lindsey’s health but Chris also credits Twizzle with helping the family with their grief from their loss. Feeling such passion for the program that had helped her family, Chris decided to pursue the General Manager position and began in November 2008. Chris feels that she couldn’t be luckier, being able to do what she loves!
Chris is the Montgomery County Special Olympics Equestrian Team Head Coach and looks forward to the county show and state games each year. Chris holds the Professional Association on Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) certification in Equine Specialist in Mental Health Learning and is a Certified Instructor .
Chris is a co-investigator and instructor for the Riding Free Pilot Study and Program for adolescents with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Chris and Twizzle continue to work and grow together as a team. They competed in their first event in the fall of 2013, but also enjoy trail riding through Evansburg State Park.
Jenny has been at Sebastian Riding Associates since 2002. Starting as a volunteer, Jenny began instructing in 2003. Jenny was born in Illinois. She has a Bachelors degree in Equestrian Science. Jenny is also a PATH International Certified Instructor .
Jenny’s connection with horses and riding is extensive. She has trained Arabian show horses, taught amateur riders, and competed up to the National level. Jenny’s personal horse is named Kool Kool Kitty—remember the 1960’s Manhatten Transfer song ‘The Boy From New York City’? “Ooo wah, ooo wah cool, cool kitty Talkin‘ about the boy from New York City!” Kitty has her own theme song!
Other than hanging out with horses, Jenny enjoys hiking in the Canadian Rockies and snorkeling in the Caribbean!
You ca n find Jess at SRA on Wednesday evenings. Jessica is a longtime volunteer, as well as an instructor at SRA. Jessica eagerly began volunteering at SRA in 2003, on her 13th birthday. She was attracted to SRA due to her love of horses and her passion has continued to grow with each day spent at the farm. Jessica works with the farmers of Montgomery County through her fulltime position of Ag Conservation Specialist for the Montgomery County Conservation District.
Jeff started as a volunteer at SRA in 2002 as a horse handler and sidewalker. He’s been an instructor here since March 2004. Jeff is married and has two daughters, both of whom enjoy horses.
Jeff’s involvement with horses is far-reaching, including having been a horse owner of two great horses for several years.
In April 2004, Jeff started volunteering with the Special Olympics Equestrian program. In February 2008, he earned his certification as a Special Olympics Equestrian Coach, and he has been the Head Coach for the Montgomery County Special Olympics Equestrian program since March 2008. Also in 2008, he earned his certification as a PA Qualified Instructor of Therapeutic Horsemanship.
Jeff is a PATH International Certified Instructor, and he continues to hone his skills in instructing, horsemanship and riding through clinics and trainings in Natural Horsemanship (Buck Brannaman, Pat Parelli and others) and in Centered Riding (Peggy Brown, Annalie Andersson-Beck, Stephanie Barbarra and others), along with trainings by Special Olympics, PACTH and PATH International.
Lyn Harper Mozley
Lyn started riding at the age of 4 and took formal lessons from the ages of 7-10. Following a hiatus during which she pursued other sports and rode horses only intermittently (she was always the person inquiring if facilities offered English tack for trail riding), she resumed riding more seriously about 6 years ago after meeting a very special horse named “Pro” on a trail ride. Subsequently, a colleague who is an SRA instructor encouraged Lyn to stop by SRA, and she never left.
A Certified Level 1 Centered Riding© instructor and PATH International Certified Instructor, Lyn currently enjoys taking lessons from 2 trainers. Novice and nervous riders are her specialty. She still rides English on trails.
Val became interested in therapeutic riding after a riding accident significantly damaged her leg. Although most of her leg healed, she does not have an ACL and rehabilitation was extremely painful. When Val negotiated with her caregiver to try riding a little, she rode a sure and steady Palomino who helped Val gently bend and stretch her leg with a quiet jog. The joy of getting back on the horse and the added benefit of a quicker recovery, made her think of helping others – having worked through her own rehab helps Val understand how hard it is when your body doesn’t work as you want it to. As a PATH certified instructor, she believes finding the right horse – specific size, speed, movement style and even temperament should be considered seriously in order to help the rider benefit the most.
Val is married and has three accomplished daughters and has recently welcomed her first grandchild! Her household includes one horse, two cats and two dogs – one of which is a therapy dog. She is a laboratory director at Merck by day.
Casey was born and raised in Michigan, just north of Detroit, where she discovered her love of horses at a very young age. She spent summers at her Grandparent’s farm, riding and showing. In 2009, her family moved to Ohio, where Casey found her first therapeutic riding center. “I volunteered at the center side-walking and leading horses. I worked with a gentleman who had suffered traumatic brain injury due to a car accident and witnessed his amazing progress over a year of equine therapy. I was hooked! To combine my love of horses with helping people was just amazing!” In December 2012, Casey and her family relocated to Pennsylvania for her husband’s job. Shortly after, she began volunteering at SRA on Thursday mornings eventually becoming an Assistant Instructor in 2014 and an instructor in the fall of 2016. When not at SRA, Casey is very busy taking care of her family, raising her 2 daughters with her husband of 16 years.
Cyndi was put astride a ‘Dusty Pony’ when she was a toddler and this started a passion with horses for a lifetime. As soon as able, she started out with halter & lead rope in the pasture at play, learning. She was introduced to the work at Sebastian Riding Associates in the early days and the Ride-a-thon currently called the Jeopardy Ride. She trained in our arena with Kathy Metz, before SRA moved to the farm. By age 12 she started competing locally with Jumpers. At the same time, she was studying Pointe ballet with the Jr PA Ballet Company. These experiences combined, Cyndi strives to bring balance & confidence in ground training and in the saddle for SRA students and volunteers. Cyndi earned an Applied Science degree in North Carolina with a focus on Communication Arts. After a long period of traveling abroad as a project manager/programmer for Johnson Matthey and receiving her equine practitioners license in Equine Body Work, she returned to SRA in 2010 as a volunteer. By this time she had experience with her niece Taylor, disabled with low muscle tone and learning difficulties, and knew the benefits of working with horses. Cyndi’s experiences working with stroke patients, veterans, sport injuries, disabilities and horses brought her back to her favorite farm in support of the programs & devoted staff. She currently enjoys competitive trail riding and challenging obstacles with her cousins as teammates. But most of all, loves sharing the world of horses and the benefits these wonderful creatures have to share with humans. Volunteer Coordinator/PATH Certified Instructor, Autism Certification, Special Olympic Coach.
Becky earned her Registered Therapeutic Instructor Certification through PATH International in October 2018. Becky spends her free time with her husband, her two teenage daughters, their horses Trace, Dancer and Toby and a variety of small pets. She feels that joining the SRA team has been like going back home.
Ever since I was a child, I have had a love and passion for horses. My weekly riding lessons were the highlight of my week. I knew that horses would always be there with unconditional love no matter what I was going through at the time. This carried on through my teen years and now as an adult. My horse, Java, is my best friend and is the first one I go to when I need support or have exciting news. My passion for horses quickly turned into a career when I began teaching dressage and jumper lessons when I was in college. I loved being able to share my passion for horses with my students and it warmed my heart to see the horses have the same healing and loving effect on them as they did me. When the opportunity was presented to join the team at SRA, I was excited to see how the horses work in the live of the students here. I really enjoy working with the students, horses, and volunteers and seeing how much of a difference SRA makes in the lives of everyone involved. I have found SRA to be a very special place and I am glad that I get to be a part of it.
As a teenager I fell in love with horses, specifically, a senior citizen thoroughbred named Motor Mouth. I know, funny name, but her mother was “Constant Comment.” Motor Mouth taught me everything I know about horses. I became a teacher of riding, and then a teacher of reading,math,science, and social studies. I have been teaching elementary school for 30 years, 28 of those years in second grade. In 1992, I found Sebastian Riding Associates to combine by love of horses and teaching. When my two sons were born, I took some time away from the farm. Many years later, when my boys were old enough to play video games and order Dominoes, I headed back to Sebastian. I’ve enjoyed side walking, leading the horses, and helping out with summer camp. Now I am a PATH certified instructor. I hope I can help the riders learn to love the horses as much as I do.
I am excited for my education, experiences and so many of my interests to converge here at Sebastian. I am a certified Equine Specialist through EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association), and I hold a Master’s of Education in Moderate Special Needs. I have extensive experience assisting and teaching individuals with severe and moderate disabilities, as well as at-risk youth. I studied religion and psychology as an undergrad and spent a semester living as a monk in Japan as part of a Buddhist Studies program. I have several years of experience teaching horsemanship and riding to people of all ages in recreational and therapeutic settings, as well as facilitating equine-assisted therapy and learning for clients dealing with mental illness, trauma, addiction, and emotional and behavioral challenges. My EAGALA training has shown me how and when to step back and let the horses do the teaching, and my daily yoga and meditation practices allow me to cultivate mindfulness in order to be truly present with my clients and horse partners. I am dedicated to helping clients build relationships with horses that inform their relationships with themselves, and I believe in the power of horses to inspire and transform our lives. As I conclude this bio, my dog and best friend in whole world, Arlo, is reminding me to mention that one of my greatest joys in life has been guiding trail rides through Rocky Mountain National Forest with Arlo in the lead.