Program Director and Registered Instructor
Ashley attended the University of New Mexico, pursuing a career in Speech Language Pathology. She has worked in the developmentally disabled community for 6 years. She was a former member of the United States Pony Club and has ridden horses for over 25 years. When she is not working, she spends her time competing at 3-day eventing horse shows with her horse Eli. Her desire to help others and her love for horses led her to seek her PATH International Instructor Certification. She joined the NMCTR team in 2013.
Angelika was born and grew up in Germany before moving to the East Coast in 1989. She always had a passion for horses, growing up riding in Germany, then raising 2 horse-crazy girls who participated in the United States Pony Club. While managing her own barn and horses in New England, she also started volunteering for a local PATH International therapeutic riding center in Goffstown, NH, and grew increasingly fond of this work. After moving to horse country Ocala, Florida 3 years ago she connected with Marion County Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premium Center, and acquired her PATH instructor license. She is currently working on getting her certification as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.
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.
Carolyn Tourney Florek
Carolyn is a poet, publisher, retired garden designer, and visual artist who recently moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico after living in Houston, Texas for more than thirty years. She has a B.S. in Geology (1977) from Wayne State University, and a B.F.A. in Painting from the University of Tulsa (1982). She is co-founder with her husband Bob of Mutabilis Press, a non-profit literary press based in Houston. Carolyn was Artist-in-Residence at Bandelier National Monument in fall of 2015, and volunteers with the Santa Fe National Forest Site Steward program. She has been a volunteer at New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding since spring, 2014. She and Bob have three dogs and a large garden which keeps them busy when not volunteering!