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Owner and PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor
My love of horses began and the young age of 5 when I fell in love with a horse that had a baby behind our house. I collected horses and drew horses and lived and breathed as if I was a horse from that point forward. My mother put me in riding lessons at age 8 and I have never stopped riding since. I have background in all disciplines of both western and English riding and have shown both successfully over the years. In 2013 found my passion in therapeutic riding and I knew that I wanted to open my own riding academy where I could provide my clients with a safe, loving environment full of enrichment. After the closing of another therapy program where I was teaching, I found the need to continue services for my clients. So with the help of some friends I moved my dream forward into reality and OTRA opened in the fall of 2018. I continue to look forward to our future of successful horsemanship classes for riders of ALL abilities.
PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Equine Specialist in Mental Health/Learning
Karen has loved horses all her life and was blessed to own her own horse as a teen. After graduating from SMU with a BFA (Studio Art) degree and working for attorneys for 20 years, she was raising her son and searching for a new direction in life. In 2008, she volunteered at another Houston area therapeutic riding center and immediately fell in love with the therapeutic horsemanship industry. Karen earned her PATH Registered Level Instructor certification in 2011 quickly followed by Equine Specialist in Mental Health/Learning and Mentor credentials. She serves at On Track Riding Academy as an instructor assisting her riders to gain strength, increase communication skills, develop confidence, and have fun through
interaction with those magical creatures known as horses.
PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor.
Joetta has loved horses all her life. She took advantage of every opportunity she could as a child riding on vacations at state parks and anytime someone she knew had a horse. Joetta began her Therapeutic career as a volunteer in 2007 and became PATH Certified in 2013. Joetta was a Special Education Teacher for 26 years and in 2021 retired from teaching to become our full time riding instructor. Joetta has 4 horses of her own that live at her home in Magnolia.
Dedicated Volunteer Staff member and Volunteer Coordinator.
Neil is an essential part of the team, and has been with On Track Riding Academy since 2019. Neil coordinates the scheduling of volunteers for all classes that are held weekly and maintains all the equipment we use. He is our dedicated horse person (DHP) who makes sure all of our horses are in tip top shape and ready for their classes.
Dedicated Staff Member
Skyler joined the OTRA crew in 2021 as a dedicated staff member who assists with all Saturday lessons and provides necessary horse care. We are blessed to have him with us.