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Dawn Conley-Morelli, RN, BSN, CCM, ESMHL

Founder

Certified as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health Learning. Graduate of Syracuse University's College of Nursing, BSN program. Attended SUNY Upstate's College of Nursing's, Master's for Family Nurse Practioner. Prior to becoming a Registered Nurse, she attended Wilson College for Equestrian Studies. She brings 22 plus years of Nursing Experience, which she held multiple Leadership positions. She attended Wilson College for Equine Science, and then went into the Harness Racing World. She has cared for Grand Circuit Equines, and also assisted with training the "Babies". Has been involved with and worked with Equines for over 35 years.   

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Ryan Conley

Co-Founder

Ryan is very driven young man, who is combining 4 different disciplines regarding the Equine Partner, under one roof! He attended Cazenovia College with a Business Major/ Equine Science Minor. He has spent long hours riding and training. His original idea was to create a program for  Domestic Violence Survivors and their Children. The more research that was done, he felt that he did not want to limit services. He wanted to create a program for all people who are surviving Post Traumatic Stress Disorders. This led him to broaden his program for our local Veterans and their families. It is with open hearts, this program is evolving. Working and applying for grants, he wanted no Veteran to have to pay out of pocket costs, to enjoy the beneficial effects of Equine Therapies. 

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Dave Murphy

Director of Veteran Services

Dave is a retired ARMY Staff Sergeant. We are very lucky to add him to our Staff/Volunteers. He spent 10 years in the service and will be our go to resource for our Military connections. He also is a participant. Dave has brought his family onboard to our program, and has included them in his "Equine Therapies". 

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Andrew Piron, BS

Director of Marketing and Community Relations

Graduate of Syracuse University's Prestigious, Whitman School of Management, with a BS in Marketing. We are so lucky to have him and his wonderful experience. He has held positions in Leadership, Marketing and Sales. He is also a very active Athlete in the Community. He is a Former Board Member of Ability Fitness, which is also another local area 501(c) (3) charity. He has been instrumental in helping us to attain our own 501(c) (3) status.

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Stephen R. Hayes

FEI Dressage Consultant

British dressage rider Stephen Hayes has competed through to the FEI levels within the dressage sport in Europe and the US, and is also a global dressage clinician. Spanish Team rider Beatrice Ferrer-Salat is one of the many Olympic riders Stephen has intensely trained with. Vicki Thompson-Winfield for Team GB is another Olympic rider he thoroughly trained with and competed for at her competition barn in Surrey, UK. Additionally Stephen has spent 3 years at US based Piaffe Performance, competing in the FEI Wellington show grounds under the watchful eye of Olympian Cesar Parra. With the knowledge and experience Stephen has gained through riding and training around extremely high profile judges and riders, he thoroughly enjoys transferring that through to his riders who attend his dressage clinics in the UK, Australia, Malaysia and of course his riders at his training base in Warwick, NY, and through out the USA. 

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Courtney King-Dye

Dressage Olympian - Para-Dressage Consultant

Courtney King Dye is a USDF Certified Dressage Instructor and USDF Gold Medalist based out of Millbrook, New York in the summer and Wellington, Florida in the winter. As a competitor she represented the United States in the 2007 World Cup in Las Vegas, the 2008 World Cup in The Netherlands, and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Courtney is a graduate of Columbia University in New York and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature.

 

A native of Michigan, Courtney has been riding since she was 9 years old. At 17, she became a working student for 2 time Olympian, Lendon Gray. Courtney's dressage education includes 6 years as Assistant Trainer to Lendon Gray, several prolonged training trips with Conrad Schumacher and Klaus Balkenhol in Germany, and countless clinics with a multitude of trainers such as Henk van Bergen and Debbie McDonald. She has also spent extended periods training with Steffen Peters in California before major competitions. Courtney has a strong belief in continuing her dressage education.

 

Courtney's show record includes a long history of championships and honors, including many USDF Regional Championships from Training Level to Grand Prix, National Championships, Horse of the Year Awards, Year-End Championships, and the Chronicle of the Horse's Dressage Equestrian of the Year Award. Courtney is known for her ability to show horses of all different types at nearly every level at the same show and come away with the lion's share of blue ribbons.

 

On March 3, 2010, a horse Courtney was riding tripped and fell. Courtney was not wearing a helmet and suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury. She spent 4 weeks in a coma and 3 months in in-patient rehabilitation re-learning how to walk and talk. She was the catalyst and is an avid supporter of riders4helmets. 

 

Courtney is still very committed to adding to the growth of the sport of dressage. She writes many articles for magazines including doing a monthly column for Dressage Today. She has a mentorship program on Barnby Notes, which offers journaling. She regularly donates her services in Lendon Gray's Youth Dressage Festival, and recently joined with Robert Dover and Lendon to create The Emerging Dressage Athletes Program.

 

Courtney continues to fulfill her competitive drive in para dressage, enjoying becoming the best she can be in her current condition. Luckily her cognition was completely spared, so even though her body can't do it, her mind can share all of the knowledge she possesses. She is a demanding but compassionate teacher, and enjoys her new role as trainer to take the place of rider. The goal continues to train the horses to be the best they can be.