Instructors, Therapists and Coordinators


Riding Instructor & Equine Manager

She 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 husband and four boys, except for those two short trail rides through the German countryside. When they settled in the Tri-Cities five years ago, she jumped back in as soon as she could. That included volunteering at TROT. She started as a TROT instructor in 2016. She spends happy times on local trails with her horse Cosmo. Her miniature horse Blue pulls a cart in many of the area’s parades. She relishes learning and growing in knowledge and horsemanship. Sharing her love of horses and riding brings her great enjoyment.

Richard Alan


Riding Instructor

He has been involved with horses and equine activities for several years including past president of the Lake Washington Saddle Club and Mounting Judge for the Equestrian Phase of the Modern Pentathlon of the 1990 Goodwill Games. He has been with TROT for three years as a sidewalker, horse leader and instructor. Now retired he hopes to get back in the saddle more often.


Riding Instructor

Rebekah is a Certified PATH Intl. instructor. She has been an active certified instructor for five years. Her favorite part of teaching therapeutic riding lessons is getting to know each student and their families while watching them grow and learn each with each lesson. Her goal is to be a fun and encouraging teacher that focuses on the further development of each student’s physical, mental and emotional abilities. 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 trail, reining and cattle work competitions. After gaining her PATH Intl. certification the same week of high school graduation she continued down the path toward many more horse related activities including rail class and breakaway roping. In 2016 she held the title of the Benton Franklin Fair and Rodeo Queen. Aside from her many equine activities she also studied business management at Columbia Basin College. Rebekah plans on teaching students to ride horses for years to come and she looks forward to meeting many new students while working with TROT.

Lauren Gibler


Advisory Instructor

Lauren Gibler has been teaching for over twelve years for all ages and riding styles. She will be providing traditional riding lessons weekly here at TROT with the equipment and horse provided. She is certified by PATH as a Registered Instructor.

Sierra Shiplet


Riding Instructor

Sierra has been riding since she was 8 years old. She grew up showing in 4-H, quarter horse club, and reining. In college she was a part of the collegiate rodeo team. As a licensed independent clinical social worker associate, she can provide mental health services as well as equine assisted therapy.

Wendy Davies


Riding Instructor

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


Physical Therapist

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


Speech Therapist

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.

Julie Ray


Family Coordinator

She is the Family Coordinator for TROT since March of 2016. She has worked as a speech therapist at Kadlec hospital for the past 9 years. She is married to her husband Josh and they have two kids: Hadley and Wyatt. She likes to go camping, do outdoor activities, go to concerts, travel, and spend time with my family and friends. She has an entrepreneurial spirit and love helping people. She grew up around horses and animals here in Tri-Cities and loves how TROT benefits our communities!


Operations/Event Coordinator

She is the Program/Volunteer Coordinator for TROT since February 2017. She has worked for several profits and nonprofit organizations in different capacities: Spanish teacher, executive assistant, office manager, event planner and owner of two small businesses. Throughout her business career she has opened successful businesses and helped others do the same. Her favorite pastimes are spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, coloring and helping people. She is married to Matthew and they have two kids. Her love for horses started when she was young in the “jungle” of Puerto Rico; and she is excited to be a part of this amazing non-profit organization.

Natalie Abersfeller


Path to Success Director

She is a high school science teacher and track and field coach in Kennewick and has been part of TROT since summer 2017. She has been riding and working with horses for as long as she can remember including a short time riding competitively. She has a passion for sharing her love of animals and providing educational and therapeutic resources for her community. In her spare time, she participates in many outdoor and sporting activities including riding her horse and playing with her dog, Darby.

Lauren Sheard


Program Coordinator

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.

Donna Davis


Marketing and Development Director

Donna is the Marketing and Development Director for TROT. She received her bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Communications from Concordia University. She has worked in many capacities – as both an entrepreneur and sales leader. In addition, she has been very active in the non-profit community – serving as past-president of TROT.

In her free time, she enjoys entertaining, running, and staying fit.