Owner, manager, and instrcutor
Stephanie instructs riding lessons that focus on forming relationships with horses and members of the riding community. To her, riding is an amazing form of promoting physical and emotional health. While teaching young riders about the mental, physical, and nutritional health of horses, Stephanie also teaches them to care for their own bodies and spirits.
Before creating Burnshirt Hills, Stephanie worked on Townsend Farm, one of the largest Morgan Horse Farms in the country, located in Bolton, MA. She taught Physical Education within the Ashburnham Westminster Regional School District before having her two daughters. Stephanie has also coached a variety of youth sports teams.
Owner, manager, and instructor
Bob is passionate about creating strong relationships between horses and riders. By creating these strong bonds, he has been able to conduct therapeutic riding lessons for individuals with Autism, Anxiety, PTSD, depression, Cerebral Palsy, and other disorders.
Before creating Burnshirt Hills Farm, Bob owned and operated Valley Knolls Farm, a small horse farm in Bolton, MA for over 25 years. Here, he cared for horses and worked as a riding instructor. Bob has also worked as an engineer for Raytheon Technologies, and has coached a variety of youth sports teams.
Working as a team
Stephanie and Bob's biggest goal at Birnshirt Hills is to help their community learn about the magical creatures we call horses.
Together, Stephanie and Bob have over 40 years of experience raising, caring for, training, and riding horses. However, they have learned that these amazing animals take a lifetime of learning to understand!
They are members of NEHT, BSTRA, IMTCA, CHA and other trail associations. Trail riding has allowed them to join a beautiful community of riders, trail creators, and conservationists.