Sandy is an internationally-recognized leader in the field of Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT). For more than 20 years, Sandy has helped many achieve their goals, and has worked tirelessly to expand opportunities for people with disabilities.
Sandy has a diverse background in many disciplines related to training horses, including racing, 3-day eventing, dressage, carriage driving and therapeutic riding. For 19 years, Sandy was the program director and executive director of The Community Association for Riders with Disabilities (CARD), Toronto. Spearheading the provincial, national and international competitions for riders with disabilities, she took the first Canadian team to the World Championships and Paralympics, where they finished with silver and bronze medals. She was also Canada’s first female jockey.
Sandy Webster was the 2012 Winner of the PATH James Brady Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a PATH International Master Instructor, CanTRA Coach, and a Canadian Equestrian Federation Level 2 Eventing and Dressage Coach. As Lead Course Conductor for PATH International, she certifies riding instructors at the Registered, Advanced and Master levels. She is a PATH Accreditation Site visitor, Mentor Trainer, and member of the Interactive Vaulting faculty.
Sandy has spent the past 9 years as a program consultant while developing and fostering EAAT programs and staff, coast-to-coast in the United States, Canada, Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Trinidad and most recently Hawaii.
Growing up in Alabama, horses were the focal point of Carolyn's life, including pony club and eventing. She migrated to Arizona for college and later worked as a sign language interpreter, paralegal, and fitness coach before finally finding her dream job at TROT where her passion truly lies.
Licensed Physical Therapist, Lead Therapist for TROT Therapy Services
Kristen has been a pediatric-based therapist for nearly 15 years. She has extensive experience with evaluating and treating children and adolescents with a variety of diagnoses and needs. She has been working with TROT for 3 years and is now a Hippotherapy Certified Specialist. Both Kristen and TROT are certified by the American Hippotherapy Association. Kristen enjoys working with the clients in the natural environment at TROT and using the outdoor facility to challenge them. She focuses on providing comprehensive, patient and family-centered therapy that the patients enjoy participating in.
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Equine Specialist
Sierra has been in the presence of horses all of her life and has witnessed their healing powers. She holds an advanced therapeutic riding certification from PATH and views horses as barometers that provide feedback to allow humans to explore the mind, body, spirit and emotion. Sierra is also an iRest Yoga Nidra and LifeForce Yoga Practitioner and trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Her office is the beauty that is all around and the horses are her co-therapists. Horses live in the present moment and teach non-verbal communication, life skills, new behaviors, teamwork, empathy, and so much more. It is through their partnership that she is able to guide people on their journey.
Deanna brings to TROT more than 20 years’ experience at the executive level, working in education, marketing, and mental health. She recently relocated to Tucson from Raleigh, N.C., where she worked with nonprofit organizations in the areas of grant research, writing and reporting.
Deanna’s background in counseling and psychology serves as an excellent foundation for TROT’s grant program that is designed to serve others. Her areas of focus have included therapeutic riding, equine-assisted psychotherapy and equine-assisted learning. Having ridden from an early age, Deanna knows firsthand the benefits of riding and swiftly embraced her new role at TROT, "Even during the first week, the camaraderie and dedication of everyone was evident. I am thrilled to be here!"
She holds a B.S. in Secondary Education and an M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Northwest Missouri State University.
Denice became involved with TROT by volunteering as a horse handler and side walker in 1983. She is a NARHA certified therapeutic riding instructor and a special education teacher in the Sunnyside School District. She is thrilled that she has been able to provide her classroom students with the opportunity to ride at TROT for the past 15 years.
Kaitlin resides on the grounds and oversees TROT’s 18-acre property. She is responsible for the daily care and well-being of the TROT herd, and is an integral part of TROT’s organizational leadership team. Kaitlin continues to pursue her studies in Veterinary Science.
Becky brings to TROT more than 20 years' leadership experience, working with the Tucson Police Department and other organizations to advance community safety. She relocated to Tucson from El Paso, Texas, in 1996. In 2000, the Tucson Police Department named her Civilian of the Year. She has been an active member of the board of TMM Family Services since 2008, where she has also served as executive board chair. She holds a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas.