MEET OUR staff
Sarah McKay, Executive Director
Sarah grew up in Northern Ireland, the seventh child in a family with a long history of horse training and schooling; she started riding at age two. Sarah rode competitively at an early age across all English disciplines before attending the University of Ulster at Magee College where she graduated first in her class with a BA in Business Enterprise Development. As a Fulbright Scholar, Sarah graduated from U Mass Amherst with a Masters in Regional Planning. Her interest in community development led her to Martha’s Vineyard where she served as store manager for the Cronig’s Markets for over 15 years. She has nine years of non-profit management experience serving on the Board and as President, and later, as Executive Director of Island Grown Initiative.
Rebecca Miller, Equine Assisted Learning Programs
Before working at the Horse Center, Rebecca managed North Tabor Farm for 24 years. Dedicated to community service, Rebecca was one of the founding members of Island Grown Initiative (IGI) as well as Rising Tide Therapeutic Equestrian Center. She acquired her first equine after seeing how much more confident her young daughters were after learning to ride horses. Zeb, the mule, taught her the value of patience and how to prioritize the relationship before the goal. She holds a Masters Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University and is EAGALA certified. At the Horse Center, she fulfills the role of the program director, volunteer coordinator and is the Mental Health Specialist with the EAP programs.
Susie is a native of Washington, DC and moved to the Island full-time six years ago. She has been riding since she was three years old and began showing hunters and jumpers at the age of 9. Continuing to ride competitively throughout high school, Susie began teaching while attending Tulane University in New Orleans where she received her BA in Communications. Since moving to the Island, Susie has begun expanding her equestrian knowledge and skills by taking up dressage and learning the principles of the Vaquero style of horsemanship. She is in the process of becoming certified in the Masterson Method of equine bodywork and plans on becoming EAGALA certified next year. Susie brings her 12 years of non-profit fundraising and administration experience to help the Horse Center grow and thrive.
Linda came to us from Rising Tide Therapeutic Equestrian Center. She has worked as a riding instructor for 25 years and in 2013 was certified by PATH as a therapeutic riding instructor. Linda brings an incredible depth of training knowledge, passion and enthusiasm to our program! She is currently working on her certification as a specialist in mental health and learning. Linda moved to the Vineyard from Warwick, NY in 2016 with her horse Classy, a 30-year old thoroughbred.
Growing up in Middleboro Massachusetts, Emily started working with horses at the young age of 3 years old. Emily is a recent graduate of Delaware Valley University with a bachelors degree in Equine Business and Management. She competed in both the Western and Hunt Seat teams at the University, and was awarded National champion in the 2018 IHSA Hunt Seat Nationals. Emily is currently living on the Vineyard and working as the barn manager.