Mary Kay Soergel, Co-Founder/Instructor
Mary Kay has been fortunate to own, show, train and enjoy horses most of her life. She has participated in many clinics and apprenticeships emphasizing natural horsemanship and the bond that forms between horse and rider. Mary Kay is a certified CHA* instructor, member of AQHA* and is one of the Equine Representatives for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau.
Annette Hermetz, Instructor
Annette has trained with several nationally-recognized horse trainers, including Linda Tellington-Jones and Sally Swift. Annette has served as a guide school instructor for guided hunting trips and worked as therapeutic riding coordinator/instructor for Allegheny Valley School for Exceptional Children. Annette is a current member of PATH Intl.*
Tessa Maxwell, Co-Founder/Instructor
Tessa earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Slippery Rock University, with certifications in Elementary and Special Education. She has had experience as a classroom teacher in the Penn Hills School District, and Chesapeake Public Schools. Tessa is a PATH Int.* Certified Registered Instructor and member.
Katie Bunn (Pictured Center) Hippotherapy Instructor
Katie has been a physical therapist for 14 years in pediatrics and rehabilitation; and she is a Certified Pediatric Specialist. She currently works at The Watson Institute, and has been there for the past 11 years. She is trained in Treatment Principles of hippotherapy levels 1 and 2, is a Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist and a current member of the AHA.*
Amy Baier (Pictured Right) Hippotherapy Instructor
Amy is a physical therapist at UPMC Mercy and has been very generous in volunteering in her spare time at Orchardview Stables to help people using hippotherapy. She was a member of the Penn State Equestrian Team, and was a founder and instructor of the DT Watson Rehab Hospital Equestrian Therapy (1991-2000) & Hippotherapy (1997-2000) program. Amy is a current member of AHA & PATH Intl.*
*AQHA- American Quarter Horse Association
*AHA- American Hippotherapy Association
*CHA- Certified Horsemanship Association
*PATH Intl.- Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship