Meet The Staff

Partnering with Horses to Empower Humans

Claudia comes to Topfield with a diverse educational background including Advertising & Communications as well as Marketing and Veterinary Technology. Claudia was previously a research professional with 25 years in consumer product goods research and takes this attention to detail and commitment to quality into her work at Topfield as the Executive Director. Claudia maintains an orderly and smoothly functioning work environment as well as ensures top quality care for our equines. Having owned horses for 35 years and lived on a horse farm for 20 years, Claudia brings a wealth of knowledge to Topfield.


Executive Director

Alex comes to Topfield Center from a varied background with a primary emphasis in Project Management and Process Improvement, having worked at a major bank for 10 years. Alex has always loved animals, particularly horses since her early years.  She rekindled her love for horses as a barn volunteer at Topfield Center four years ago.  Since then, she has become enamored with the horses at Topfield and inspired by Topfield’s mission.  She is thrilled to be part of the team that is making a difference for their clients every day.  She lives in Cold Spring with her husband, two kids, 1 huge Goldendoodle, 2 hermit crabs and numerous fish.


Executive Director

Lori Powers comes to Topfield with a varied background mainly in production management and finance from her 10 years working at MTV Networks and also serving on various fundraising committees for her children's schools. Lori is excited to be part of the Topfield Team and the inspiring work they are doing. She lives in Cold Spring, NY with her husband Mike, 3 energetic boys, and 1 sweet goldendoodle. 


Office Administrator

Joan comes to Topfield after nearly 15 years as an art instructor for Our Montessori school in Yorktown, NY. Joan holds a BFA from Parsons School of Design and a Master’s degree in education from NYU. Joan spent her youth competing in Hunter/Jumper and Equitation competitions all over the tri-state area. Returning to her first love, Joan is passionate about the care and training of Topfield’s horses to ensure a pleasant experience for our clients.


Barn Assistant

Amber started riding at age 8 and has never stopped. She had groomed and competed in the tri-state area for years until moving to Europe in 1999. She has always been interested in volunteering and helping others and was lucky enough to have had a wonderful experience in Spain working with people of all ages in therapeutic riding for 15 years, eventually having her own little barn of 6 horses and 60+ riders with a fantastic group of instructors and physical and occupational therapists. She has a passion for horses and for the people they help. She is excited to be a part of Topfield and finally feels at home again in the US! 


Therapeutic Horsemanship Instructor

Astrid is a consultant to Topfield, helping us to maintain the highest of PATH Standards at Topfield,  She has a strong background in teaching therapeutic riding lessons and uses that knowledge to assist in developing Topfield Programming.
Born and raised in Austria amidst “Halflinger Country”,  Astrid grew up with horses, learning Dressage and Hunter Jumping.  Astrid came to the United States at the age of 21 and made it her forever home.  She started volunteering at Topfield in 2011 and fell in love with the mission, the horses and the clients. Astrid obtained her certification as a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor and EAGALA Certified Equine Specialist in 2014. 


Program Consultant, Retired Topfield PATH Intl Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Bert comes to Topfield after spending his youth in Upstate New York honing his cuteness skills. Bert brings his unbridled enthusiasm and affection for all creatures to Topfield.  He only works part time, but aspires to be full time as he can't get enough of our clients. If you are at Topfield and he is there, be sure to stop in the office and say hi! or woof!


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