Our team of staff is here full-time, seven days a week to make sure that your animals receive the very best care. We have extensive experience handling horses and receive annual veterinary training to make sure we keep everyone, both two and four legged, safe.
We are proud that most of our team members have been working at Holly Farm for several years. We strive to make the farm a place where animals love to live and where we love to work.
I was lucky to grow up in a family that believed being around horses would make me a better person. Holly was my first pony - an expressive, tolerant Arab-Morgan who taught me patience, grit, and empathy. With Holly and other horses since, I've practiced dressage, gymkhana, hunter-jumper, competitive trail, and more, learning from trainers of both traditional and natural horsemanship philosophies. Now my main partners are Merlin, a playful Friesian-cross, and Rosie, my wise, gentle Quarter Horse mare. Beyond my own horsemanship, I'm passionate about developing community programs. My professional background is in corporate strategy, program evaluation, teaching, and advocacy, and I've worked with diverse groups of people, from foster care youth to migrant populations to Fortune 100 leadership.
For me, it's an incredible privilege to work with animals and their humans every day. It's my goal to develop an ever more inclusive and supportive community here at the farm, centering everything we do around safety, sustainability, and healthy relationships.
Things on the farm break every day, and every day Ray fixes them. Ray brings tremendous energy to everything he does, with experience from both premier equestrian facilities as well as construction. On any given day, you might find him building a new paddock, repairing fences, or bringing in horses. Plus, we have a lot of nice people on the farm, but Ray might be the nicest.
Lily is an early riser and the first person at the barn in the morning to feed. She started working and riding at Holly Farm as a teen and since then, has become the cornerstone of daily horse care. There is no one more reliable, no one who can clean a barn faster, and no one who's more in touch with the daily needs of our herd.
Seasons change, but Abe can always be found with his wheelbarrow and pitchfork, giving an affectionate scratch to the horse in whatever paddock he's cleaning. Whether it's flooded or scorching, he keeps paddocks and fences clean and tidy, and whether he's soaking wet or toasting in the hot sun, will tell you everything's going fine.
Casey does it all - mornings, evenings, inside, and out. She's a seasoned horse caretaker, practiced at noticing anything out of the ordinary and full of clever tips to make the job go more smoothly. When she's not caring for all of the horses here, you can often catch her playing with her own pair of sassy, well-loved mares.
BARN STAFF / ANIMAL FARM
If we think we have a lot of horses to take care of, it's nothing compared to the number of chickens. And Holly can tell you (almost) all of their names. After she finishes caring for them and the rest of the animal farm, Holly gets the second half of her daily workout helping us clean stalls in the barn. Her animal soul sister is Lavender the llama.
BARN STAFF / ELS INSTRUCTOR
Cory is never happier than when she's hanging out with a horse, which is good news for our herd - she has a keen eye for a subtle limp, new scratch, or swollen joint and helps us catch as much as we can, as early as we can. If you're lucky, she'll send you some pretty cute photos of your horse doing silly things. Cory also teaches youth lessons with ELS.