Our Instructors

Stephanie Keene | Melissa Sevigny | Marley Larrivee | Ashley Sanborn | Weston Pease | Ethan Owens | Karen Rice

Stephanie Keene - Executive Director and Head Riding Instructor (Eagala Level 1 & 2)

Stephanie has worked with horses all of her life.She learned about the field of Therapeutic Riding while working as a riding instructor. Rusty, Magic & Steph at the Special Olympics in August 2003A physical therapist approached her and asked if she would be interested in introducing children with Cerebral Palsy to the healing world of horseback riding. Stephanie, never saying no to an opportunity to learn something new, began to work with the children (with the help of some amazing horse partners) and after a short time saw such dramatic achievements in them that she was hooked! She trained with PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) and received her instructor certification.

Stephanie has remained an advocate for the therapeutic riding field acting as a Rusty on Magic being led by Steph at the Special Olympics in August 2003Vice President of NESAR (New England Special Activities and Resources). She was an active participant in getting the Maine State Equestrian Special Olympics program running, and remains a current committee member, facilitator and trainer of certifying other coaches.

Stephanie has also been on the ground floor of EFMHA (Equine Facility Mental Health Association), a PATH sub-section, and has been studying to get her Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Health. She is EAGALA [equine assisted Growth and Learning assc] Level 2 Certified, Bal-a-Vis-X Level 1-2 & Adaptive Certified. She is a MHRT 2 (Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician), and has worked hard to incorporate Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning while integrating the joy of a natural farm experience for all! Stephanie also recently has been Certified with the Tall Grass Institute for Equine acupressure. She is: Certified Brain Gym, Certified Reiki Master, Certified Violet Flame Reiki, Certified Quan Yin's Violet Flame Reiki, Certified Quan Yin's Lavender Flame Reiki, and Masgutova Method MNRI Core Specialist.

Not to be overlooked, Stephanie has trained and worked as a veterinary technician, is a certified blacksmith and iron forger, a Certified Animal Chiropractor and Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor and recently attained her Eagala Level 2 Instructor certification.

As you can see, Stephanie is passionate about learning everything she can to serve the community, the riders at Hearts & Horses and her animal partners to the best of her ability.

Melissa Sevigny

My love for riding began early. At 8 years old, I successfully talked my parents into letting me take a lesson and Iíve been riding ever since. After high school I became a Certified Nursing Assistant and turned my focus to rehabilitation. For the last 17 years I have been blessed to work rehabilitating post-operative patients and caring for adults with mental and physical disabilities. Several years ago when my daughter was just a toddler, I opened my home as a shared living residence to handicapped adults and have enjoyed sharing my family life with them and watching them blossom in a loving, accepting environment.

In my late twenties, my love of riding became essential to my health when I needed to recover from an athletic back injury. When so many activities caused me pain, therapeutic riding provided relief and Iím incredibly grateful a passion I discovered as a child turned into a way to heal my body. I have volunteered at local barns to share my love of riding with those who need to ride for improved health and could not be more excited to have settled at Hearts and Horses Farms.

I currently live in Saco with my 10 year old daughter Madison, husband Tim and several furry family members.

Marley Larrivee

Marley is a student & Summer Camp Instructor. She is a Life long horse rider. She has taken lessons for 11 years. She competes Regionally in shows. Marley has trained & sold horses earning enough money to buy her DREAM horse, Isabeau, a Friesian mare. Marley will graduate in June from BEHS and heads to UNH in fall to pursue a Degree in therapy!


Ashley Sanborn

Ashley is currently a senior at BEHS, summer camp counselor, and riding instructor. She will be graduating early and is starting classes towards her degree in liberal arts. She is headed to West Palm Florida as an Intern in Dressage this Spring! She will also be pursuing her goal of being a certified instructor in June. Ashley has competed at multiple shows locally and was a member of the Hearts and Horses Maine Connection team at Dressage for kids in Saugerties, New York in 2012. She placed 8th overall in her division with her horse scout who at the time was 4 years old.

Karen Rice

Karen is a working student and summer camp instructor. She has been riding and continuing her education with horses for 11 years. She also volunteered at Flying Changes Therapeutic Riding Center where she acquired her knowledge of children and adults with challenge. She is currently a junior at Johnson and Wales University majoring in Equine Business Management and Riding AND Sports Entertainment and Events Management.

Weston Pease

Weston is a Level 1, 2 and Adaptive Eagala Instructor and Bal-a-Vis-X Level 1-2 & Adaptive.

Ethan Owens

Ethan is a Level 1 Eagala Instructor

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