MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

 
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Rebecca Miller, Equine Assisted Learning Programs

Rebecca Miller has co-owned and managed North Tabor Farm for 23 years. Her love of community, nature, psychology, and equines fostered a desire to pursue a Masters degree, from Antioch University, in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  She sees clients privately and has begun offering group experiences. Rebecca was one of the founding members of Island Grown Initiative, (IGI), as well as Rising Tide Therapeutic Equestrian Center. She is EAGALA certified.

 

 

Emma Ingalls McGlynn, Equine Assisted Learning Programs, Horsemanship

Emma brings youthful energy and her rich and varied equine educational background and experience to the MVCHC programming effort.  Emma was born on Martha’s Vineyard and raised on her family’s small farm in Oak Bluffs.  Emma is currently working with a variety of horses and her own two young horses who had never before experienced the human touch, and she delights in helping MV horse owners develop better relationships with their horses. Emma is EAGALA certified.

 

 

Samantha Look, Riding

Samantha attended Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School and graduated from Swarthmore College. She was lucky enough to participate in 4-H, as well as compete in Hunters, Dressage and 3-Day Eventing. After college Samantha was a working student for USET/USEF Event Team rider Mark Weissbecker. Samantha and her husband Kristian Strom, built and founded Crow Hollow Farm, a horseback riding and training facility that was located in West Tisbury.

 

 

Vickie Thurber, Riding

Vickie grew up in West Tisbury and has been involved with horses for most of her life, beginning with her first horse, Lugaro, at the age of 10.  Vickie currently competes with her horse partner, Rio, in lower level eventing.  Vickie has been a riding instructor for 25 years, previously certified in Therapeutic Horsemanship.  She has joined the team here in our EAL and Horsemanship programs, horse and barn care, and volunteerism. Vicki is EAGALA certified.

 

     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 eight years of non-profit management experience serving on the Board and as President of Island Grown Initiative.