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 so many 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 animals would make me a better person. I've practiced dressage, gymkhana, hunter-jumper, competitive trail, and more, learning from trainers from both traditional and natural horsemanship philosophies. The farm namesake, Holly, was my first pony - an expressive, tolerant Arabian-Morgan cross, who later became an incredible school horse. Now my main partners are Merlin, a playful Friesian-cross, and Summer, 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.
ASST. FARM MANAGER
It's the rare person with a teacher's patience, MacGyver's ingenuity, and an animal lover's gentleness, but somehow we got all three in Jay. Jay is constantly finding new ways to do old jobs, and never stops before its done. If you're an intern, Jay's often the one teaching you a new skill or keeping you on task. When she finally quits for the day, she's usually headed to hang out with her horse, Al.
Things on the farm break every day, and every day Rey fixes them. Rey 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 Rey might be the nicest.
Holly is a wizard with chickens, which translates to kids. Or maybe the other way around. Either way, if it's running around and hard to catch, Holly's on it. When she's not getting in a workout cleaning the barn, Holly helps run our youth programs. She's also the founder of Egg Song Farm - find her farm fresh eggs at the farm or a nearby farmer's market!
Good luck finding a person more passionate about the daily care of your horse. If Zoé could work eight days a week, she would, and with a smile. She's also made it her mission to learn everything she can about equine health, fitness, nutrition, and more, which our students and campers benefit from. Her other half is her well-loved horse, Kit.
Kristin has a complicated relationship with the title "Barn Mom" because, on one hand, she's our mentor/therapist, but on the other, she's way cooler than any mom we know. Kristin does it all, without doing anything half-way - she's determined with a pitchfork, creative with our kids, and fastidious as an admin. Her beloved giant ponies are George and Liquorice.
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. Over the years, he's become a trusted hand with even our most squirrelly horses, and whether he's soaking wet or toasting in the hot sun, will always tell you everything's going just fine.
LESSON PROGRAM MANAGER
Emma's teaching is defined by a love of horsemanship theory, a keen eye for detail, and an irreverent sense of humor. In the arena, she loves helping students build trusting relationships and have fun. Outside of the arena, she is the organizational engine that keeps the lesson program running. She's kept in check by her pony Rooster, who is the only one around who can give back the sass she dishes out.
Cory does an amazing job of sharing the joy she finds in horses with her students, and her lessons will usually leave you smiling, in spite of your sore legs. She's also great at noticing a new scratch or limp, and helps us keep our herd healthy. Her horse, Sansa, is one of our most popular school horses, but turns into a fancy sport horse when Cory hops on...
Miharu's gentle approach has developed countless timid kids into confident riders. She has a long background in teaching both in the arena and beyond that shows in her coaching. Miharu is also a favorite amongst horses and interns alike for her cross-species birthday parties, but is particularly loved by our favorite Tennessee Walker, Gracie.