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Lisa Anderson is certified by PATH International as an Advanced level certified instructor and an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, coming to the industry with over 40 years of equine experience that includes coaching, training, and equine facility management. Lisa’s love of horses was fostered by her multi-generational equestrian family, starting with the purchase of her first horse at age 6 as a gift from her great-grandmother. As a youth, Lisa participated in Pony Club and competed in Combined Training and qualified for the FFA National Horse Judging Competition in Kentucky. As a teen, Lisa competed in western gaming and speed events, serving as the 1989 Sumas, WA Rodeo Princess, and placing second in barrel racing in the Washington State Youth Finals Event in 1990.
As a young adult, Lisa continued to follow her passion for the English disciplines and trained under a variety of world-class professional coaches across the US and Canada. She specialized in Hunters, Show Jumping, and Dressage, earning advanced certifications from the American Riding Instructors Association and developing her talent for educating horses and riders. Lisa was selected by the American Riding Instructors Association as one of five instructors nation-wide to be interviewed in a Q&A article in Horse & Rider magazine.
Lisa continued her love of helping riders through completing the PATH International Certified Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Mentor programs and continued her career in coaching riders at various riding programs across the East Coast. Before relocating back to Whatcom County to open Meridian Equestrian Center, Lisa served as Office/Admissions manager at Thorncroft Equestrian Center, one of the oldest and largest PATH International therapeutic riding facilities in the US.
Lisa is thrilled to share her talents for instilling strong horsemanship and riding skills with therapeutic, recreational, and competitive equestrians at Meridian Equestrian Center. Lisa shares her love of riding with her own family and husband, also an avid horseman who she first met in Pony Club as a youth. You will often find Lisa in the barn, sharing arena time with her husband Jamison, and spending quality time with her son, three daughters, and two grandsons.
"The bonds I've shared with horses has been a cornerstone in my own life. My life’s work is to help foster that connection between my students and their horses” – Lisa Anderson
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Barn Staff/Maintenance Assistant
"KC" is a registered Quarter Horse gelding and is the oldest of the lesson horses at soon to be 23 yrs young. He has plenty of tricks up his sleeve and has taught all levels of both regular and therapeutic riders over the last 15 years. His favorite thing to do is walk around the arena on a loose rein. KC's repertoire includes being featured on live TV twice, being a professional model and sticking out his tongue out trick.
Melian, our 18 year old chestnut Percheron is the largest lesson mount at the barn at 18 hands high and is a favorite of many. She is named after the fictional Goddess, "Melian" and with her extra long mane and forlock, her name suits her! She is sweet, gentle and easy to ride and handle for all levels and sizes of riders.
Rocky is a sociable guy who loves hanging out with humans! After a rough start as a miss cared for and neglected youngster, he was rescued and given a happy home before he turned 2. He is best serving students in unmounted lessons and therapy. He is currently in training under saddle and expects to make his debut in mounted lessons in the summer of 2023!
Kindness of Tom Lutton.
Rosie is a 7 year old, Shetland/Miniature Horse cross with a is the smallest member of our equine staff at just 10 hands tall. With a strawberry roan spotted coat and two blue eyes she is as cute as they come. Rosie enjoys pulling a cart and is awaiting her lesson debut in Spring of 2023.
Woody the purebred American Shetland pony is the 2nd youngest in the lesson herd at only 4 yrs old. He's a spunky and friendly little guy and is in training awaiting his lesson debut in the Summer of 2023!
Tru is a 14 year old Quarter Horse bay mare and is a half-sister to Diamond! This spirited and beautiful lady impresses everyone with her year-round summer sheen and graceful ring presence! Tru is fantastic for intermediate and advanced level riders in both English and Western.
Kindness of Ana Swan.
Jojo is a 4-year-old registered Quarter Horse, chestnut gelding. This guy was a favorite in the barn long before he started teaching riders how to ride! Jojo has a quiet temperament for beginners and loves attention. He is tied with Woody for the youngest school horse at the barn.
Kindness of Cristina Swan.
"Dashin in Diamonds" is a 22-year-old registered Quarter Horse Bay mare. She is hands down, a favorite of students to ride at the barn and is a half-sister to Tru! She's known for being pretty much perfect for teaching riders trot and canter on the lunge line. Her former career was as a successful gaming horse.
Kindness of Dany Gregory.
Mya is a 16-year-old seal brown Quarter Horse mare. This lovely girl is wonderful with both regular and therapeutic students. Her specialty is lead-line and lunge-line lessons for young kids, and she is as "bomb proof" as they come. Mya loves spending time with "her girl", Addison.
Kindness of the Kaplan family.
"Thanksforthedetails" is a double registered, 12-year-old bay, Appendix Quarter Horse/Paint (APHA) gelding. He is fantastic with all levels of riders and at 16.3 hands tall, this gentle giant is the epitome of "tall, dark and handsome". Tango once placed 11th at the largest breed show in the world, the Quarter Horse Congress, in Hunter Conformation and has a Wisconsin State Championship in Showmanship under his belt! This multi-talented guy loves spending time with "his girl", Lucy.
Kindness of the Jentz family.
Marshall Dillion is a 12-year-old buckskin Quarter Horse gelding with dapples, the unique "zebra stripe" coloring on his legs and a frosted mane. His name's sake was the character of the 1960's television show, "Gunsmoke", played by James Arness who rode a similarly colored horse. Marshal has the spunk and athleticism to jump the moon! His favorite thing is dressing up like a unicorn and spending time with "his girl", Claire.
Kindness of the Jentz Family.
Zara is a 16-year-old overo paint mare with a blaze and one blue eye! This girl is as beautiful and classy as they come. With her elegant ring presence, she excels in English or Western and loves to jump.
Kindness of Diana Rosenbaum.
This adorable and affectionate guy loves to hang around the barns and arena.
This big and friendly guy loves sleeping in the hay and the office.
This people lover loves to visit everyone at the barn and in the arena.
You may catch a glimpse of this lovely little "tortie" exploring the wooded sensory rail.
You will see this friendly gal walking around the outdoor arena during the daytime.