NMCTR Staff

Ashley Armijo Fischer

Ashley Armijo Fischer

Executive Director

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.

Angelika Hellmer

Angelika Hellmer

Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

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.  

Calle Poindexter-Hayes

Calle Poindexter-Hayes

Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Calle is the founder and owner of High Point Nonprofit Services. She has been a PATH Intl. Registered Riding Instructor since 2010, is a certified PATH Intl. Mentor and serves on the PATH Intl. Standards Task Force. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M, her Master of Public Administration from Sam Houston State University and was a member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie National Champion Equestrian Team. She is the Board President for Lone Star Therapeutic Equestrian Network, on the Therapeutic Living Services Board of Directors, on Friendship Walk Committee for Best Buddies NM. She enjoys being active in the beautiful outdoors, going to punk rock concerts, reading, and chilling with her six animals.

Kaylee Britton

Kaylee Britton

Volunteer Coordinator

Kaylee grew up in Los Alamos and has ridden horses off and on for the last 14 years. She has worked taking 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 becoming a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, which she is currently working towards. She has always had a desire to work with kids and individuals with special needs, and loves it.

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.

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.