Donna Lombardi is an AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) Professional Horseman, with over 35 years of experience training, riding, and working with horses. Donna has managed barns with over 40 horses, and has devoted her life to nurturing and taking care of her horses.
Her love and care for the horses has been the driving force of her success in the many competitions she has won, including winning Top Ten Riders 29 times as well as many other championships. Donnas has built a career teaching, training and coaching people on interaction with horses, and has developed high standards and a strong emphasis on natural horsemanship.
Donna teaches with relaxed and professional atmosphere. Her students have been champions and top ten at the Quarter Horse Congress, qualified for the Congress youth team, youth world championship and multiple circuit championships.
As part of her ongoing learning, she has studied “The power of the herd” theory and “Touched By a Horse” Soulfulness Theory. Donna continues to study “Healing with Horses in Treatment of Trauma”, and has thousands of hours of experience working with kids and adults to develop their personal growth through their interaction with horses.
Donna is Certified as a Safe Sport Coach, IEA Coach, Concussion & Safety Certified, and an American Certified Riding Instructor.
Ashley has been working with horses for 20+ years and enjoys showing horses. She works with horses in ground work and riding skills. Ashley's primarily role is to prepare everything for a successful event: getting the horses ready and setting up the arena. This is Ashley's first year as a part of the equine assisted learning, therapy and corporate workshops. Ashley enjoys taking part in the process and observing the increase in participants' self awareness, improvement in their mood, and developing managerial skills in the participants.
Alexandra (Alex) Danieli
Alex is a big horse lover! During the week she is a high school student at Saddle River Day School, while on the weekends she assists the team with taking care of the horses (brushing, feeding and playing with them), as well as educating participants in the horses' non-verbal cues and communications. She participated in equine assisted learning workshop in Costa Rica and is planning to study psychology as her future career. In her school Alex initiated and implemented Mental Health Talks - a series of professional speakers who addressed various mental health topics that are relevant to adolescents and promote peer to peer support.