NMCTR Staff

Ashley Armijo Fischer

Ashley Armijo Fischer

Executive Director and PATH Intl CTRI

Ashley attended the University of New Mexico, pursuing a career in Speech Language Pathology. She has worked in the developmentally disabled community for 8 years and was a home supervisor for ARCA in Albuquerque. She was a former member of the United States Pony Club and has ridden horses for over 25 years. She serves as the WMPC Treasurer and on the WMPC Horse Trials Committee. When she is not working, she spends her time 3-day eventing competing with her show horses. Her desire to help others and her love for horses led her to seek her PATH Intl Registered Instructor Certification. She joined the NMCTR team in 2013.

Kaylee Britton

Kaylee Britton

Volunteer Coordinator and PATH Intl CTRI

Kaylee grew up in Los Alamos and has been riding horses on and off for the last 14 years. She has taken care of horses and various animals for most of her life, including as a ranch hand caring for 90+ head of horses, cows, and buffalo. She attended West Texas A&M University and graduated in 2017 with a B.S. in Equine Industry and Business, and a minor in Animal Science. Soon after graduation, she moved back to NM to pursue a career as a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, which she is currently working towards at NMCTR. She has always had a desire to work with kids and individuals with special needs, and loves it.

Lindsay Lechner

Lindsay Lechner

Barn Manager

Lindsay Graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a Degree in Equine Business Management and Riding. She has been a professional in the Equestrian world for over 10 years. She is a graduate B of the United States Pony Club and currently is the DC of Santa Fe Pony Club (also an Alumni). She has competed in 3-day Eventing and is currently pursuing a goal to achieve her Bronze Medal in Dressage. She looks forward to creating an even more enjoyable life for the amazing therapy horses at NMCTR.

Indie Desiderio-Sloane

Indie Desiderio-Sloane

Barn Manager Intern

Indie is a 10th grader at Santa Fe Prep. She has been volunteering at NMCTR for 5 years. In that time, she has done a little bit of everything from horse care to helping with lessons to participating in the High School Internship Program. Indie is also a member of the United States Pony Club (USPC). At the USPC Festival 2017 (national competition), Indie placed first individually in Quiz, the horse knowledge competition. She also received the Outstanding Youth Citizenship Award in 2019 from the Santa Fe Civitan Club. In her free time, Indie rides her two horses and competes in 3 day-eventing.

Karen Miller

Karen Miller

Rider Coordinator

Karen notes, “Volunteering with the Center lets me combine my love of horses and my desire to work with individuals with special needs. I also enjoy working with parents and families to arrange schedules and resolve issues which come up.” Karen has a B.A. in Psychology, and an M.A. in Education. She provided career and vocational counseling to persons with multiple barriers to employment. She and her spouse, Connie, retired to Eldorado in 2008, where they live with their rescue dog Teddy. Karen has volunteered with NMCTR since 2012.