Our Program Staff
Our instructors are amazing! If you interested in becoming an instructor, please contact us today!
Trish grew up in California, KY and owned horses all her life. She was an active member of the Campbell County 4-H horse program where she attended meetings, rode in horse shows and was a member of the drill team. Her additional horse experience includes twenty years of commercial carriage driving, working as an instructor at a local stable and serving as an adult volunteer with the local 4-H and extension programs. She is on the Board of Directors for the Northern Kentucky Horse Network, as well as an organizer/clinician for many of their educational programs. Her riding disciplines include basic Stock seat, Hunt seat, Saddle seat, Dressage and Driving and is always eager to learn more.
Her interest in therapeutic riding developed because she had two cousins with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. She remembered the happiness riding brought them and hoped that she could help bring that same feeling to others. Milestones was the answer and she has been involved with the program from the very first informational meeting in February of 1999. After volunteering for several months she began working toward her PATH International certification, which she received in 2001. In order to maintain her certification she takes riding lessons and attend at least twenty hours of educational workshops a year. Her life revolves around horses and horse back riding and she loves to educate others on all horse related topics.
There is an indefinable bond that develops between horses and their human friends. Horses are non-judgmental; they do not laugh when told secrets. They provide a strong shoulder to lean on, and they do not shun people who are a little different.
We use a variety of horse types, both large and small, but primarily use Icelandic horses, which are intelligent, good tempered, versatile and beautiful. Their average height is between 12.3 and 13.1 hands.
We carefully choose and work with horses that have a special attitude. They often seem to know that they are there to help, and “take care” of their special riders. All of our horses are carefully screened for temperament, trained for the unique situations encountered in therapeutic lessons, and carefully monitored to ensure that they remain in good health and spirit.
Milestones accepts horse donations, and you can also sponsor a horse!
Sampson is a 1500+ pound Belgian cross gelding. He is 12 years old and is a very affectionate boy who loves people.
Sampson joined us in November of 2019 and is a wonderful lesson horse. He takes good care of his riders!
Board of Directors
Rachel Jones, President
Rachel is a Regional Benefits Manager for Group Management Services.
Her professional experience includes Small business coaching, small business owner, horseback riding instructor, care giver and child care provider.
Rachel has always been an active member of the community. Her volunteer efforts include being the founder and president of HCDC Toastmasters, Scarlett Oaks Early Childhood Education Advisory Board, Bad Girl Ventures Alumni Advisory Board and more.
Rachel was a member of the University of Cincinnati’s Equestrian Team in college and is the owner of JR, one of the program horses for Milestones. Her horse knowledge and riding expertise combined with small business background lends itself well to her role as President.
A life-long horse lover, Rachel looks forward to assisting Milestones in continuing to serve the community.