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. With over 34 years’ experience in therapeutic riding, he has lectured and written on a variety of issues affecting nonprofits and the philanthropic sector including . Most recently his opinion piece on the impact of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act appeared in the . He is Program Design Chair of Cal Lutheran University’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership and a board member of Play Conejo, a nonprofit supporting local parks. Bryan manages the annual CALNET Show for Riders with Disabilities and in 2015 he was Competition Manager for the Special Olympics World Games Equestrian Competition. 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. Bryan is an active horseman who enjoys trail riding, horse camping and golf. He volunteered for seven years before being hired as Executive Director and 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. She is also a PATH International Lead Evaluator for On-Site Certifications and Workshops. Working closely with the C.E.O., Sara is responsible for the day to day operations of Ride On’s 2 ranches and also manages fundraisers/special events and marketing/social media outreach. She has a degree in Marketing and Business Studies. Sara lives in Simi Valley with her husband, 2 daughters and 3 horses who are all active in Santa Rosa Valley Pony Club, of which Sara is the Joint DC. Sara’s other passion is endurance sports - she has completed dozens of triathlons including a full Ironman and has run the Boston Marathon twice!
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.
Tess Olnick – PATH International Registered Instructor
Steven Carlson – PATH International Registered Instructor
Daphne Doettger – PATH International Registered Instructor
Daphne came to Ride On as a volunteer in 2011, later becoming a staff member and Horse Handler. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to work as the Assistant Barn Manager for the Special Olympics World Games in 2015, partake in Equestrian Vaulting demos and assist in the barn areas of the CALNET horse shows. When not on a horse or at the barn, she enjoys baking and taking care of her many pets.
Regan Mays – PATH International Registered Instructor
Originally from Paradise Valley, Arizona, Regan has been riding, owning, and showing horses in a variety of disciplines since childhood. She received degrees in Psychology, Drama, and Child and Adolescent Mental Health from New York University, and is a certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning through PATH intl. She is a representative in the PATH Intl Credentialing Council, and is the creator of Ride On’s Yoga Therapy and EFM programs.
When she isn't at the barn, Regan is probably hiking, working as an actress, or studying for her PsyD in Clinical Psychology. She loves being a catmom and strives to taste everything that’s birthday cake flavored.
Gillian Sieker – 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
Nancy has more than 10 years in office administration in diverse settings, with exceptional customer service and computer software knowledge. She has a passion for helping others and being part of the solution. Nancy enjoys outdoor activities and observing natures beauty. Nancy is honored to be a part of this non-profit and it’s wonderful cause.
Roxanne Chase OTR
Roxanne is a national board certified and registered occupational therapist (OT). Roxanne specializes in working with children and adolescents who have sensory processing differences, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders. In addition to her small private practice, Roxanne currently works at The Child Success Center in Santa Monica and Ride On in Chatsworth. She works with children who have physical differences when incorporating horses into her intervention at Ride On. Roxanne previously held the posts of Supervisor of the Occupational Therapy Department at the Atlas Foundation for Autism and the Director of Occupational Therapy at The McCarton Center for Developmental Pediatrics in New York. Roxanne has also worked in the public school systems in New York City and Los Angeles, provided home care treatment, and practiced in other sensory gym settings. Roxanne has a strong interest in hippotherapy, sensory integration, visual-vestibular habilitation, and how the vestibular system effects posture and arousal. She believes in the multidisciplinary team approach and empowering caregivers for carryover at home and in the community.
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.