Our Program Staff
Our instructors are amazing! If you interested in becoming an instructor, please contact us today!
I grew up in California, KY and owned horses all my life. I was an active member of the Campbell County 4-H horse program where I attended meetings, rode in horse shows and was a member of the drill team. My 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. I am on the Board of Directors for the Northern Kentucky Horse Network, as well as an organizer/clinician for many of their educational programs. My riding disciplines include basic Stock seat, Hunt seat, Saddle seat, Dressage and Driving and I’m eager to learn more.
My interest in therapeutic riding developed because I had two cousins with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I remember the happiness riding brought them and hoped that I could help bring that same feeling to others. Milestones was the answer and I have been involved with the program from the very first informational meeting in February of 1999. After volunteering for several months I began working toward my PATH International certification, which I received in 2001. In order to maintain my certification I am a PATH member, take riding lessons and attend at least twenty hours of educational workshops a year. My life revolves around horses and horse back riding… come to Milestones and swap horse stories with me.
Milestones approached me a few years ago to join the team which I feel has brought me full circle. I have been enjoying my position at Milestones and love being a contributor to such a fine organization with a wonderful staff, volunteers and students.
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.