Meet Our Volunteers
These are just some of the talented, dedicated individuals that make up the Horses Bring Hope team. This page will be updated frequently as we continue to get more and more volunteers all the time! Scroll through and read about what makes Horses Bring Hope so great.
Our Volunteer Coordinator:
Brittnie-Working Student/Volunteer Coordinator
Brittnie is a one of a kind volunteer! She started riding in 2013 with our head instructor Dina, and has grown to be one of Horses Bring Hope's strongest assets. It's hard to believe that she hasn't been riding her whole life when you see her showing off her abilities in the arena. Brittnie is currently a college sophomore at The Community College of Rhode Island pursuing General Studies, and will eventually pursue her major in Physical Therapy at The University of Rhode Island. An honors student, when she's not studying she spends most of her free time at the barn and loves every minute of it. On a typical day, Brittnie completes barn chores, and exercises the horses. All of our teen volunteers and working students can ask Brittnie for help or advice and she is always happy to assist. Brit's kindness and compassion never fails to make others smile. Her natural teaching ability shines through when she is assisting our volunteers. Dina is mentoring Brittnie so that she can go on to become a therapeutic riding instructor in the future. If you are considering taking traditional or therapeutic riding lessons, you'll have the opportunity to work with Brittnie and many other talented, outstanding volunteers at Horses Bring Hope.
Chloe is a middle school teacher who grew up wanting to spend every possible second she could around horses. She took lessons when she was younger but had to stop in high school after a surgery and had yet to get back in the saddle until she joined us at Horses Bring Hope. She drove by the farm everyday on her way to work and this summer she finally had some free time after her first year of teaching, so she decided to start volunteering. If you are considering taking traditional or therapeutic riding lessons, you'll have the opportunity to work with Chloe and many other talented, outstanding volunteers at Horses Bring Hope.
Emelyn has been a volunteer with Horses Bring Hope for about two years. She is currently a freshmen in high school. Emelyn is a very dedicated volunteer with a passion for horses. She takes lessons from Dina as well as volunteering. Emelyn began taking riding lessons about two years ago and has been consistently riding ever since. She looks forward to coming to volunteer with Horses Bring Hope just as much as she looks forward to coming for her lesson. Emelyn loves to help out with the therapy lessons and play games with the younger kids. If you are considering taking traditional or therapeutic riding lessons, you'll have the opportunity to work with Emelyn and many other talented, outstanding volunteers at Horses Bring Hope.
Linda has been a volunteer with Horses Bring Hope for less than a year, but it certainly does not feel that way! Linda is a retired Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist. Linda originally began volunteering to help out the community but has expressed that through volunteering thus far, she has experienced much more than just that. Linda rode horses when she was younger, so she is already familiar with the healing aspect that horses have. She has found that her previous knowledge that horses can heal people has been validated by simply observing therapeutic lessons. Linda has voiced to our instructor Dina that she has "witnessed a powerful, healing, intimate, safe connection between the members of the staff and the horses, that then gets translated to the children and the adults with disabilities..." (You can hear Linda speak more about what she has seen in our program in our documentary--located on the home page and youtube). Horses Bring Hope is beyond lucky to have Linda as a volunteer because she has both the horses background and the psychiatric/mental health nursing background. If you are considering taking traditional or therapeutic riding lessons, you'll have the opportunity to work with Linda and many other talented, outstanding volunteers at Horses Bring Hope.
Lisa is a Horses Bring Hope all star! She has been volunteering with us for just over two years and yet, she still continues to amaze us. Lisa's laughter is contagious; she brings an incredibly positive and upbeat energy to the program. She knows the perks and the quirks of all of our horses, from our tiny Shetland ponies to our seventeen hand Warmbloods. There is no horse too big or too unruly for her to handle. Lisa is a stall cleaning expert; there are days where she tackles all of them on her own. Her work ethic, love for our horses and clients, passion, knowledge, energy, and dedication are rare qualities that we were lucky enough to find. Her two daughters, Emily and Amanda are talented young riders who take lessons with Dina. When she's not working around the barn, you can find her riding Moony or sketching; her favorite mediums are pen and ink, pencil, and pastels.
Among her many other talents, Lisa is also an accomplished artist, portraitist, and illustrator. You can view and commission her artwork at: http://www.lisasart.com/
Volunteers like Lisa are nothing short of a blessing! We are so thankful for all of our volunteers who contribute so much to our program. We wouldn't be where we are without them!
Lucas is Dina's husband and has been working with Horses Bring Hope since the program was created. Lucas is known as the handy-man around the farm. He does everything from building shelters, training and shoeing horses, and making sure that all of our horses have nice paddocks to live in. Lucas has extensive horse background as he grew up on a ranch. He has a wealth of knowledge in training young horses, and currently owns our filly named Bella. Lucas bought Bella with hopes to train her himself, and then potentially use her for some therapy lessons as well as his personal horse for him to ride. Horses Bring Hope cannot thank Lucas enough for all the hard work and dedication that he has put into making sure that the backbone of Horses Bring Hope is strong. If you would like to have a chance to meet Lucas, you should consider taking traditional or therapeutic riding lessons, and you may see him here and there working on the farm!
Peter has been working with Horses Bring Hope for a short time, but it does not seem that way! He has fit in with HBH from the very beginning. Peter just recently graduated from New England Tech with a Bachelor's degree in Digital Media Production, and works for Residential Properties LTD as a videographer. Peter just recently completed the documentary for Horses Bring Hope, and in under 10 minutes, he was able to put forth the message that HBH presents to our clients and volunteers every day (to see what that message is, view the documentary itself on the home page of this website). Peter is a VERY talented young man, as he presented us with something that by far, exceeded our expectations. HBH is beyond thankful for all the hard work and dedication that he put into making the documentary the way it is. Horses Bring Hope continues to work with Peter on future project's, and is excited to see where the future takes us both. If you would like to meet Peter, you should consider taking traditional or therapeutic riding lessons, as you will most likely see him "on the job" taking outstanding pictures of the events that take place on a typical day at HBH.
Taylor has been a volunteer with Horses Bring Hope for two years. She is currently an upcoming college sophomore at The University of Rhode Island pursuing her General Studies.. Taylor has been riding on and off her whole life, but she started riding with Dina just 2 years ago. She has a great sense of humor and is always willing to lend a helping hand. She enjoys exercising our lessons horses, but she has a special bond with Chocolate. She enjoys assisting with lessons in any way she can whether its leading, side walking, or playing games with the riders. She bonds with all of the students she works with and uses her humor to make them enjoy their lesson even more! If you are considering taking traditional or therapeutic riding lessons, you'll have the opportunity to work with Taylor and many other talented outstanding volunteers at Horses Bring Hope.
Meet the Stahlbushes. Jenna(Right) and Allie(left) are both volunteers at Horses Bring Hope with their mother Tammy(A Board Member at HBH). They started out as just customers but they loved the program so much they began to volunteer with us also. After about a year of working with HBH, they decided to purchase their own horse named Eli. Jenna is currently in 8th grade and Allie is a high school graduate and also works at Dapper Dan Horse Farm. If you can't find the Stahlbushes at work or school, you will find them at HBH with Eli. If you are considering taking traditional or therapeutic riding lessons, you'll have the opportunity to work with Jenna, Allie, and Tammy as well as many other talented, outstanding volunteers at Horses Bring Hope.
Victoria has been a volunteer with Horses Bring Hope for around two years. Victoria has been riding since she was young, and began riding with Dina close to two years ago. She is currently a freshmen in high school. Victoria loves to be at the barn doing everything from barn chores to getting horses ready for lessons. She really enjoys helping out with lessons and playing games with the children. Victoria is at the barn whenever she has free time aside from school work and spending time with her friends. If she isn't working on homework or spending time with her friends, you will find her at Horses Bring Hope either volunteering or riding in her lesson. If you are considering taking traditional or therapeutic riding lessons, you'll have the opportunity to work with Victoria as well as many other talented outstanding volunteers at Horses Bring Hope.