We have 9 PATH International certified instructors and 10 therapists on staff all working together with our 30 horses to make Ride On happen! Here are bio's from some of our wonderful staff.
Bryan McQueeney - Chief Executive Officer
Bryan is the co-founder of Ride On and volunteered for seven years before being hired as Executive Director. With over 28 years experience in therapeutic riding, he has lectured and written on a variety of issues affecting nonprofits and the philanthropic sector including . He is past Region 11 representative for the national organization, PATH International, and was one of the founding members of what is now the PATH Center Advancement Committee. He remains active as a consultant and advisor to riding centers around the country. He is also a board member of the Social Justice Fund for Ventura County and Play Conejo. Bryan is an active horseman who enjoys trail riding, horse camping and golf. For many years he worked to preserve equestrian trail access and open space. He has a degree in political science from Occidental College.
Sara Jones - Chief Operating Officer
Sara joined Ride On as a volunteer in 1996 after moving to California from England. She has ridden her whole life and became a PATH International Advanced instructor in 1997. Sara is also a PATH International Lead Evaluator for On-Site Certifications and Workshops. As well as teaching the Ride On students she is also responsible for marketing and special events. She has a degree in Marketing and Business Studies. Sara lives in Simi Valley with her husband and 2 daughters who are both active Pony Clubbers.
Gloria Hamblin - Program Director and PATH International Advanced Instructor
Gloria is the co-founder and Program Director of Ride On. She has a degree in Recreational Therapy and has worked with physically disabled, geriatric, developmentally disabled and emotionally disturbed children and adults for 30 years. A graduate of Cheff Center she taught disabled riders, coached several international dressage teams for the USA as well as the 1996 USA Paralympic Equestrian Team in Atlanta. Gloria is also a PATH International Associate Evaluator for On-Site certifications and workshops. Since 1994 she has taught riders and worked to make Ride On the best place it can be.
Brie Doherty, Assistant Program Director and PATH Int. Advanced Instructor
Brie Doherty has been teaching riders with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities since 2007 and volunteered for seven years at Ride On before that. Most recently she has been our full-time Head Instructor in Chatsworth. She is a PATH International Advanced Instructor, PATH Region 11 Southern California State Chair and a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist in Dressage. She has presented at various PATH Regional and International Conferences and acted as a mentor for many Registered Level Instructors in training, assisting them in the process of certification. Brie is currently competing at the Prix St Georges level on her 12 year old gelding Rex. She has a true passion for creating an inclusive environment and making riding fun and accessible for everyone.
Cheryl Garrett – PATH International Registered Instructor – Head Instructor, Thousand Oaks
Cheryl was the Equine coordinator and an instructor at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Center in Brewster, N.Y. She has a degree in early childhood development and worked as an in home interventionist before coming to work at Ride On full time.
Megan McQueeney – PATH International Advanced Instructor
Megan is a USDF bronze and silver medalist who has been teaching riders with disabilities for more than a decade. She is a PATH certified Advanced Instructor and achieved the B rating from the United States Pony Club. In addition, Megan has been reserve champion at Prix St George and Intermediare-I for CDS and USDF on a horse she trained herself. She continues to compete in dressage, eventing and jumpers, and is enthusiastic about developing Ride On’s Horseshow team.
Susan Pruitt - PATH International Registered Instructor
Susan Stratton Pruitt has been a staff riding instructor at Ride On for the last 4 years and is in the process of completing the PATH, Int. Advanced Level for therapeutic riding instruction. She is passionate about working with people of all ages and abilities in the art and sport of horsemanship, her two teenage boys and her abundant family of animals.
Leah Renner – PATH International Registered Instructor
Tess Olnick – PATH International Registered Instructor
Joann Benjamin, PT, HPCS, C/NDT
Joann has been practicing Physical Therapy for more than 30 years, specializing in the use of Hippotherapy for children and adults. She has a background in neuro rehab, and currently specializes in pediatrics/early intervention. She has taught about Hippotherapy internationally as a Faculty Coordinator with the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA). She is Board Certified as a Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist. She served on the board for the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA). She chairs the Adaptive Sports Committee with the USEF and is a Classifier for the USEF and the FEI for competitive dressage and driving for equestrians with disabilities.
Ruth Stern, PT, C/NDT
Ruth is a Physical Therapist who has specialized in pediatrics since the mid-1980’s. She is certified in NeuroDevelopmental Treatment for pediatrics and has extensive training in a variety of treatment strategies. She started a physical therapy program for children with severe disabilities working with horses in Massachusetts almost 30 years ago, and has continued her interest and continuing education in the area of Hippotherapy since. She has completed training with AHA through Level II, and has been working with Therapy Services for more than 10 years.
Karen Cruise, PT, CTRI
Karen is a Physical Therapist and horse owner for over 30 years. She specializes in pediatrics and has worked in the NICU (neonatal intensive care). Karen has completed American Hippotherapy Association training through Level II. She is a Registered Therapist and Certified Instructor with PATH International.
Nancy Garcia - Office Manager
Jan Broughton, SLP
Roxanne Chase OTR
Kathy Chavez PT
Tio Ayala - Facilities Maintenance
Tio has worked for Ride On since 2001 and is responsible for many of the improvements that you will see if you visit either of our ranches. He brings a wide array of facility experience to Ride On.