Meet our Instructors, Therapists and Staff

TONI HOOVER

Lead Riding Instructor & Equine Operations Manager

Toni's Bio

Toni grew up with horses, learning on her own, in a small-town north of Seattle. She took a 15-year break from horses while enjoying USAF funded “travel” with her husband and four boys, except for those two short trail rides through the German countryside. After they settled in the Tri-Cities, Toni began volunteering at TROT in 2015. In 2016, she became an instructor. She spends her free time exploring local trails with her horses, Cosmo and Ginger. Her miniature horse Blue enjoys pulling a cart in many of the local parades. Toni ultimately enjoys learning and growing in knowledge of horsemanship and sharing her love of horses with those around her. Toni is a Level 2 CHA certified instructor and currently runs the Trotter Club program at TROT.

Richard Alan

RICHARD ALAN

Riding Instructor

Richard's Bio

Richard has been involved with horses and equine activities for a large part of his life. After a stint in the army, while going to college on the G.I. Bill, he exchanged a couple mornings worth of feeding and grooming at a professional stable for riding lessons. He was the president of the Lake Washington Saddle Club for 4 years and was also a mounting judge for the Equestrian Phase of the Modern Pentathlon of the 1990 Goodwill Games. Richard started volunteering at TROT in 2017 as a horse leader and eventually became an instructor. Richard often helps with the Path to Success Classes and Hippotherapy at TROT. Aside from instructing classes, you can find Richard loving on our horses and helping with anything that needs to be done at our facility. Being at TROT has provided Richard opportunities to work with wonderful people and share his love and knowledge of horses with our clients. Richard is a Level 1 CHA certified instructor.

REBEKAH SCHUH

Riding Instructor

Rebekah's Bio

Rebekah has been riding horses from a very young age and considers it a hobby that she will continue for the rest of her life. As a high school student, she competed in many local rail, reining and cattle work competitions. After gaining her PATH Intl. certification, she continued to compete in activities like rail class and breakaway roping. In 2016, she held the title of the Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo Queen. She also studied business management at Columbia Basin College. She began volunteering at TROT in 2020 and quickly became one of our wonderful instructors. Her favorite part about teaching therapeutic riding lessons is getting to know each student and their families while watching them grow and learn with each lesson. Her goal as an instructor is to be a fun and encouraging teacher that focuses on the further development of each student’s physical, mental, and emotional abilities. Rebekah is a Certified PATH Intl. instructor.

Sierra Shiplet

SIERRA SHIPLET

Riding Instructor

Sierra's Bio

Sierra has been riding horses since she was 8 years old. She grew up showing in 4-H, Quarter Horse Club, and reining. She went to Central Washington University and Boston University where she received her Master’s in Clinical Social Work. In her free team, she enjoys working with her two horses, Tiffany and Lola and her adorable labradoodle, Winston. Sierra and Winston are currently working through the Pet Partners Program to certify Winston as a therapy dog. As a licensed, independent clinical social worker associate, she can provide mental health services as well as equine assisted therapy. Sierra is Level 2 CHA certified instructor. She also has her E.A.P. (equine assisted psychotherapy) and PTSD Treatment Certification from PATH.

Wendy Davies

WENDY DAVIES

Riding Instructor

Wendy's Bio

Wendy grew up with a love of horses and volunteered at a local farm doing a day with ARC participants riding horses. This started a mission to help local organizations and events offering therapeutic riding. Seeing the riders open up while on a horse is an experience one cannot explain, it is an amazing feeling to see the smiles and hear the laughter. Wendy has owned horses since 2003 and adopted two BLM mustangs, the first in 2009 and the second in 2019. Her dream is to establish a veterans and mustangs program in the Tri-Cities area.

Terry Schultz

TERRY SHULTZ

Physical Therapist

Terry's Bio

He is the Business Owner of Balancing Act and is employed full time by NFSD, per diem, at Lourdes. He is the proud father of 7. He is a Registered Level 1 Hippotherapist from the American Hippotherapy Association.

Cynthia Macfarlan

CYNTHIA MACFARLAN

Speech Therapist

Cynthia's Bio

She is a Speech/Language Pathologist for over 33 years. She has worked with all ages, in all settings, & across all levels of care to help people with communication disorders.

Lauren Sheard

LAUREN SHEARD

Program Coordinator

Laurens's Bio

Lauren grew up in Michigan, but moved to Washington in 2020. She has loved being around horses since a young age and worked at a horse barn throughout middle and high school. She’s witnessed the ways in which children and adults transform around horses and believes in the power of therapeutic riding. If she isn’t at TROT, you could probably find her out running or hiking/camping in the mountains with her husband Andrew.