Meet The Staff

Partnering with Horses to Empower Humans

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Sarah is a lifelong horse lover and Western Pleasure rider, with more than 40 years of experience in the saddle. She also has a Ph.D. in Psychology and has studied, taught, and published on a wide variety of topics including the neurochemistry of human and animal stress, adolescent development, childbirth practices, and recovery from mental illnesses. Sarah knows from personal experience the power of human-animal connections and the incredible utility of equine-assisted therapies. She is beyond thrilled to join the Topfield team as the new Executive Director in 2022 & can’t wait to meet you!


Executive Director


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 Manager


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 sheepadoodle. 


Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator

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Denise is so happy to be back at Topfield to continue teaching her former and new riders! Denise is a lifelong horse person, riding for years in hunter/jumper shows. She, her husband, and two kids have lived on their farm in the Hudson Valley for 22 years with her horse, Dutch, and donkey, Bailey. Denise is a PATH Certified Instructor, has a MS in Exercise Physiology, worked in physical therapy, and has studied nutrition, and personal training. Denise has lived in Putnam Valley her whole life and grew up working as a florist in her family's local business.


Head Instructor


If you've ever wondered how Topfield is kept so beautiful, the answer is Jackie! Jackie started at Topfield in 2022 and oversees the maintenance of the grounds and keeps our top-of-the-line facility in tip-top shape. She grew up locally in Garrison and most recently worked for the Hartsdale Public Parking District. Jackie has also served as a volunteer fire fighter at the Continental Village Fire House in Cortlandt Manor. She lives here on the Topfield property and is a 'new convert' to the love of horses. 


Grounds and Facilities Manager

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Annie joined Topfield in 2022 and serves as our certified PATH mentor and volunteer trainer. Annie also assists us with program curriculum development. Annie has been a volunteer and longtime CTRI at HorseAbility on Long Island and also works as a riding instructor at New York Equestrian Center. Annie earned her B.S. in Equine Studies from Centenary College in NJ in 2014. During the pandemic Annie started her own business called Hearty Horse Cookie Co., and she bakes and decorates adorable treats for our equine partners across New York. In addition to being certified by PATH, Annie is also CPR/AED certified, and is a Qualified Mental Health Associate. 


PATH Intl Mentor

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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.