Riding With HEART Staff

Carla Harbourt


Executive Director

Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor &

Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning


Carla came to Riding with HEART in 2011 as a volunteer with her daughter. Growing up on a horse farm, Carla enjoyed riding, as a Pony Club Member, showing and just being in the company of horses. After a career in the fashion industry, then a shift to IT, Carla dedicated herself entirely to being a stay-at-home mom. She became a RWH staff member in 2017 and earned certifications as a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. In 2017, Carla assisted in the creation of an additional program, BraveHEARTs, serving the unique needs of our veterans, law enforcement and first responder community and their families.  Carla lives in Hunterdon County with her husband and two children.

Anna Roza Toth

Anna lives in Annandale with her husband and four children. She has owned and trained her own horses, and has instructed using her horses. Anna has had the opportunity to participate in many equestrian and cultural events in the US as well as her home country of Hungary. She dutifully cares for the horses of Riding with HEART. 

Equine Specialist 

Stephanie Wood 

Coming soon!

Riding Instructor
Stephanie Bacon

Stephanie has been working at Riding with HEART for five years. She graduated from Delaware Valley University with a degree in Equine Science and Management and is also a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor who is much loved by students and parents alike.  Steph is also a Certified Massage Therapist working in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, licensed to work on both human and equine clients. She has always believed Riding with HEART is her home-away-from-home and that dedication shows in her teaching and care of “her” horses. Stephanie lives in Warminster, PA.

Certified Therapeutic
Riding Instructor


Christina Baxter

therapeutic horseback riding, therapeutic horse back riding, Adaptive Therapeutic Horseback Riding, Hippotherapy, Equine Assisted Learning, social skills group, summer horseback riding, summer horse back riding, horseback riding for special needs


Riding with HEART announces the recent retirement of Executive Director, Christina Baxter. The Riding with HEART Program would never have grown to be so extraordinary without Chris’s years of devotion and hard work. Chris’s dedication to Riding with HEART was evident in the countless hours of time she put in to assure an exceptional program.

Chris’s extensive experience as a special education teacher and her horseback riding experience made her a perfect fit for all her roles at RWH. Her outstanding teaching methods were enhanced by her natural intuition of what her riders needed, as well as her sense of humor that made learning fun for her riders.

Riding with HEART offers Chris a heartfelt thank-you for her many years with the organization, first as the mother of a volunteer, then as a volunteer, with many official titles to follow: Volunteer Coordinator, PATH-Certified Instructor, Program Director, and finally Executive Director. The Board, staff, volunteers, and participants join in wishing Chris a retirement filled with happy memories of her time as an irreplaceable part of Riding with HEART.

Esther Twombly
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Esther Twombly lives in Asbury, NJ with her husband. She began riding at the age of twelve and strives to always learn more about riding and horsemanship. Esther is a graduate of Wilson College, with a Bachelor of Science in Equine Facilitated Therapeutics. She began working at Riding with HEART in June of 2018 and in July, 2018, she became a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. In addition to teaching at Riding with HEART, Esther has worked at Lord Stirling Stable. She enjoys working with her students, sharing her love of horses, and seeing them progress and gain confidence. She has been teaching at Riding with HEART for four years and added the roles of Volunteer Coordinator and office administrator in 2021.

Certified Therapeutic
Riding Instructor
Volunteer Coordinator

Cheyenne Blaine

Cheyenne Blaine began volunteering at Riding with HEART in 2018. In 2020, Cheyenne joined the RWH staff as a riding instructor and member of our horse care team. She has been around horses her whole life, riding in various disciplines, primarily, however, her riding career has been competing in hunter/jumper events. Cheyenne is currently a student at the University of Delaware studying pre-veterinary medicine.


Cheyenne lives with her family and her puppy Casper the Corgi.

Riding Instructor
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