Riding With HEART Staff

Christina Baxter

Executive Director

PATH Certified Instructor & Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning


Chris became involved with our riding program in 1998 when her daughter became one of the very first volunteers. Chris herself became a volunteer in 1999 and soon realized that her degree in Special Education and more than 15 years of experience in public schools in a Special Education classroom were a perfect fit for a career at Riding with HEART. In addition to her professional degree and teaching history, her horseback riding experience was the perfect mix to become an instructor herself. She began teaching therapeutic riding lessons in 2001. Chris obtained her certification in therapeutic riding from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH)  in March of 2004. Chris uses fun games and songs creatively along with the skills and knowledge of working in Special Education to reach each rider's goals. She knows sign language and is familiar with using various augmentative communication devices and programs and can incorporate these into lessons if needed. Chris lives in Flemington with her husband.

Carla Harbourt

Operations Manager

Certified 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 and 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. In 2011, Carla joined Riding with HEART as a volunteer with her daughter. She became a member of the staff 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.

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
Kathryn Brown

Kathryn started riding horses at the age of seven. Kathryn graduated from Delaware Valley University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Equine Studies and Management, a minor in Criminal Justice and an Associate's Degree in Equine Science. She also graduated with her British Horse Society (BHS) Stage One and British Horse Society (BHS) Stage Two. She is also a PATH Certified Instructor and PATH Certified Mentor. She lives in Pennington, NJ with her fiance.

Barn Manager
Certified Therapeutic Riding
Instructor and Mentor


Riding with HEART offers a wide range of Equine-Assisted Activities to individuals and their families. We provide a comprehensive, inclusive and therapeutic environment to participants with a wide range of disabilities including, but not limited to ADD/ADHD, Autism, PDD NOS, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Visual Impairments or Traumatic Brain Injury.  All of the Therapeutic Riding Instructors at RWH are PATH certified and our professional therapists hold proper credentials and /or licenses.

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