Staff

RideAble believes that the animals, especially the horses, are the true staff.  We make every effort to insure that our horses are physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy to provide the most positive experience for both horse and rider.  The participants come to see the animals and bond quickly to “their” horse.  The horses get to know their individual students and treat them as an individual according to their needs and abilities.  The instructional staff guides the students through basic skills and games to enhance their personal growth and development.  Below are introductions to each of our staff.

Our Animal Staff

LADY BUG

LADY BUG

Mustang

Color: Tri-Colored Pinto
Sex: Female-Mare
Height: 13.2 hands
D.O.B.: 2000 (Rideable: 2012-leased)
BLEU

BLEU

Percheron/Appaloosa

Color: Black with white star
Sex:  Female-Mare
Height: 14 Hands 3 inches
D.O.B.: June 1996  (RideAble: 2007-owned)
LENA

LENA

Paint

Color: Red Roan with white blaze & 3 socks (right front, rear)
Sex: Female-Mare
Height: 14 Hands 2 inches
D.O.B.: 2010 (RideAble: 2014-owned)
MOLLEY MaGUIRE

MOLLEY MaGUIRE

¾ Oxford, 1/8 Cheviot, 1/8 Dorset

Color: White with black legs
Sex: Female-Ewe
D.O.B.: March 13, 2011 (RideAble: owned)
WHINNEY

WHINNEY

Miniature Horse/Shetland Pony

Color: Chestnut
Sex: Female-Mare
Height: 10 Hands 1 inch
D.O.B.: 1992 (RideAble: 1996-owned)

MAY

MAY

Quarter Horse/Tennessee Walker

Color: Sorrel with white star & right white ankle
Sex: Female-Mare
Height: 15 Hands
D.O.B.: 1992 (RideAble: 2007-owned)
STAR FIRE

STAR FIRE

Quarter Horse Cross

Color: Red with light red mane & tail, white star
Sex: Female-Mare
Height: 14 Hands
D.O.B.: 2004 (RideAble: 2014-owned)
DASH

DASH

Miniature Donkey

Color: Gray
Sex: Male-Gelding
Height: 10 hands
D.O.B.: 1997 (RideAble: 2008-owned)
DARBY O’GILL

DARBY O’GILL

½ Oxford, ¼ Cheviot, ¼ Dorset

Color: white
Sex: Female-Ewe
D.O.B.: March 5, 2011 (RideAble: owned)
CHICA

CHICA

Kiger Mustang/Appaloosa

Color: Dun Buckskin, tri-colored mane & tail, dorsal stripe, left rear white ankle & star
Sex: Female-Mare
Height: 14 Hands 1 inch
D.O.B.: 1998 (RideAble: 2004-leased)
REDDI

REDDI

Icelandic Horse

Color: Red with white star
Sex: Male-Gelding
Height: 13 Hands
D.O.B.: 1992 (RideAble: 2002-leased)
SHASTA

SHASTA

Percheron/Morgan

Color: Bay
Sex: Mare
Height: 14 Hands 2 inches
BOB

BOB

Pygmy Goat

Color: Chestnut
Sex: Male-Wether
D.O.B.: 2008 (RideAble: owned-2010)

Our Human Staff

Sandi Treadaway

Program Director and Head Instructor

Sandi is a PATH, International certified instructor with over 25 years of experience as a riding instructor. She has two Bachelor degrees from the University of Oregon and a Master of Arts from the University of Montana. Her current business runs programs in Montana as well as RideAble.

Samantha Ross

Invaluable Volunteer

Samantha started with RideAble in 2008 as a volunteer. She was certified as a CHA instructor in June of 2012, the same year she graduated from the University of Oregon with a dual degree in Psychology and Human Physiology. She has a strong interest in how movement, physical exercise and horse-interactions impact the emotional and mental health of an individual. As a trainer and equestrian, she is currently studying equine bio-mechanics and the utilization of this knowledge to promote healthy horses. Samantha is attending Oregon State University. She graduated in June 2015 with a Masters of Science in Exercise and Sports Science, with emphasis in Movement Studies in Disability and is continuing at OSU working toward a Ph.D.

Monica Liles

Substitute Instructor and Volunteer

Monica has been helping horses change lives at RideAble since 2002. She has worked with kids living with special needs since 1982 and enjoys seeing them grow and accomplish skills that many thought unattainable. Monica has an Associate degree in Animal Health and certifications with CHA (Certified Horsemanship Assoc.) for standard instructor and Equine Facility Management. Monica is stepping back from her past duties with RideAble to spend more time with family. She will continue to help us out as needed.

Kathy Somnitz

Office Administrator

Anna Myrand

Herd Manager/Volunteer Coordinator

Anna was born and raised Eugene, Oregon. She started volunteering at RideAble as a high school sophomore in June 2012. In April 2014 she was hired to help with herd management and volunteer training. Anna works closely with Dr. Shaver to provide quality care for the RideAble herd gaining training and knowledge. She is also studying equine bio-mechanics and taking classes to further her education in equine nutrition and health.

Kathy Paulsen

Facility Care

Enga Myrand

Instructor/Trainer

Past Friends

RUBY

RUBY

Quarter Horse

Color: Sorrel with white blaze & white right rear coronet Sex: Female-Mare Height: 15 Hands 2 Inches D.O.B.: 1998 (RideAble: 2012-leased)
BUD - Retired (12/2014)

BUD - Retired (12/2014)

Haflinger/Belgian

Color: Palomino with white blaze & 4 white socks
Sex: Male-Gelding
Height: 14 Hands 2 inches
D.O.B.: 1995 (RideAble: 2011-leased)
BJ - In Memorium

BJ - In Memorium

Tennessee Walker/Quarter Horse

Color: Sorrel with white star & left white ankle
Sex: Female-Mare
Height: 15 Hands
D.O.B.: 1992 (RideAble: 2004)

BJ was a Quarter Horse/Tennessee Walker mare that was with RideAble for 10 years. Prior to working with the special needs students at RideAble, BJ competed as a Hunter-Jumper. BJ had a very sweet and gentle personality and was extremely patient with her students. She was willing to do whatever was asked of her with the slightest cue if that is all the student was able to accomplish. However, if a student was capable of more and better cueing, she would require it of them.