Ms. Amy began riding and training horses at an early age. She took a brief respite while pursuing her education and starting a family. She completed her education while caring for her two children. Her degrees include a B.S. in Human Development with a concentration in Psychology, an A.S. in Nursing and a M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling (physical and mental disabilities).
In 1998 her daughter was diagnosed with globally significantly developmentally delayed with autistic features. This motivated her to combine her previous skills with working with horses again but also being active in helping others within the community. She returned to working, training and teaching horses while renovating an existing stable on her property, with the assistance of the Amish Community. She currently owns and operates the Meadows of Mendon Stables in Mendon, New York.
Amy's background in counseling, nursing, teaching and her skills at riding and horse handling have had a positive influence on the people at the Meadows of Mendon Stables. Her gentle handling of the riders and horses coupled with a creative teaching program has made a wonderful experience for all. She ensures that the stables is an atmosphere dedicated to positive experiences for the families and individuals involved.
Harrison is a 19-year-old Sophomore at Nazareth College majoring in Legal Studies. He was accepted into Nazareth's and Syracuse's 3+3 Law Program. He is president of his class, a Nazareth College Admissions Student Ambassador, a Peer Mentor, a Democrat Election Fellow for the Monroe County Board of Elections, and is academically thriving. He has a passion for Law and helping people with disabilities. He started riding at the age of two. He is a mentor for the youth and positively influences everyone he comes in contact with. Harrison’s natural ability to lead people has been a key in his success. His uplifting attitude, honest disposition, and humbleness puts you at ease while on horseback. The children follow Harrison around the stables hanging on his last word. When he repairs the fence-line, the horses follow him around the pastures. His kindness towards people and animals is wonderful. He comes early and stay late. He assists with therapeutic and non-therapeutic horseback riding lessons at the stables.
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Ms. Kara enjoys caring for the horses, youth, and working the horseback riding program. She is always very organized, considerate, focused, and has the ability to direct large groups safely in a task. She enjoys helping with accounting paperwork for the stables. She is a very hard worker and she carries such a positive forward motion with everyone she influences. We are so proud of the way she handles herself with the horses. She is very level headed that is a trait the horses read from her. The horses feel comfortable in her presence. She studied electrical and computer engineering. She talks with youth about robots she is building in college. Ms. Kara graduated December of 2018 from SUNY Oswego.
Ms. Chloe volunteers at the stables and helps care for the animals. At 5-years-old, she came to the Meadows of Mendon Stables accompanied by her brother. She enjoys doing nursing care, grooming, and spending time with the horses. Her talents lie in her ability to back-ride with children with disabilities, and her ability to teach people with disabilities. She knows horse behavior and she naturally teaches that as you work with her. Ms. Chloe naturally leads groups of people in a task to completion. Her sweetness and kindness makes the horses feel at ease.
Ms. Amanda began to ride at the Meadows of Mendon Stables at 2-years-old. She immersed herself in our Youth Horseback Riding Summer Program. She works with our pee-wee riders just as was done to her at her young age. She continues to ride and volunteer at the stables all while attending Nazareth College. She is a Visual Communications and Design Major. Her passion for art started at the stables with our finger painting on the horses and activity books. She helps makes art projects that are hands on and engaging. Her creativity is shows even in her volunteer work with how she interacts with the students on horse back with all the fun games she plays. She has a smoothing voice that the clients and the horses love. The original pony that Ms. Amanda learned on is still at the stables. Though she can't ride Becca, she sidewalks new students to make them comfortable and confident while riding.
Ms. Maddy began to riding at the Meadows of Mendon Stables 11 years ago. She started riding on Doc. Doc taught Ms. Maddy patience and confidence. Currently, Ms. Maddy stays in our stables tree house over the Summer to volunteer with the Youth Horseback Riding Program. She is a role model with her positive energy and confidence. Her favorite horse to ride is Ford who is a mirror image of Maddy's character. They are both energetic and kind-hearted. She is right now studying Criminology at Le Moyne. She continues to come back during breaks from college to volunteer at the stables.
Ms. Kayla cares for Hannah, Miss Amy's autistic daughter, as a 1:1 in completing volunteer activities in the community. Kayla is multi-skilled and talented with youth that are disabled. Her understanding and positive solutions have made this key in handling people. Kayla's patience, versatility, and ability to keep people focused are just some of her wonderful characteristics. Her ability to intertwine art, horses and people in a learning based environment is when she is at her best! She has been here over 15 years volunteering. Ms. Kayla even had her wedding at the Meadows of Mendon Stables.
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