Our dream is to create an equine therapeutic environment that is aesthetically alluring, sensory arousing and sustainable. Your generous donation will be used to create sensory trails, therapy arenas, wells, pastures, and composting.
Lena was born and raised in San Diego, Ca. Lena's family resided in one of the cottages afoot the ocean beach pier, #13. Lena grew up a competitive ice skater, a ballet student, and her recreational activity was horseback riding.
In her adult life, these skills manifested in playing both professional and unprofessional roller derby where she was called, "LOVELY LENA, DAMEZ BLONDE OR BRAWLERINA." She pursued physical fitness training earning accreditation through UCSD's program which entailed classes with the man who authored the ACE fitness test.
Lena loves to help others and believes implementing empathy and kindness in our daily lives is the way we honor our existence here on earth. That is how she found her role as a therapeutic horsemanship instructor. Lena is certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International, Path Intl.
Lena believes that through teaching others you gain understanding and compassion while reinforcing what you already have learned. Teaching is something we all do in our lives out of love and respect for ourselves and others.
Eileen Leblanc brings 50 years of equine experience to Park Horse Project, as well as a background in physical fitness and kinesiology. She is a horse teacher, who is always learning from her subject, growing and evolving, rather than a trainer, who imposes their own technique. She is renowned for bringing troubled, abused and otherwise disenfranchised horses back to a state of homeostasis. She is our equine-centric guru, specializing in rehabilitating traumatized horses. She has seen and done it all, from starting foals, working with top of the line thoroughbreds, being the head trainer at some of the most respected horse rescue facilities in California to restarting horses and their owners.
Eileen has drawn upon her experiences to revolutionize the horse/rider dynamic, redefining the art of equine partnership, and defying traditional training methods. She has authored her own system of equestrianism titled, "Know Thy Horse,” which has been influenced by her Cherokee ancestry, using the language of the herd, working with instincts, instead of trying to change them.
SABRINA brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Park Horse Project. Graduating from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a minor in Sociology, Sabrina has a strong academic background in understanding the complexities of the criminal justice system and its societal implications. Sabrina possesses a deep understanding of the challenges faced by individuals and communities from a human rights perspective. Her genius is in finding an ethical, fair and humane resolution to conflict.
She is a proud mom, and a supportive military wife. As an animal lover and rescue volunteer, she has fostered over 40 cats.. . That's not a typo…forty cats!
Sabrina has always loved horses. She has ridden trails in Wyoming and wrangled horses for 'Saddles in Service,' here in San Diego, Ca.
Like so many young girls, she wanted a horse of her very own and while that dream did not materialize in her youth, she now manages over 20 horses and other magical creatures on our ranch.
Her problem-solving skills, high standards, love of animals and ethical approach to conflict resolution helps make our team cohesive in heart and in practice.
Laurel Manning is the President and Founding Executive Director of Park Horse Project. Born and raised in Southern California, Laurel has a deep love of horses, the San Diego County trails and community collaboration. Laurel has a Speech Communications degree from SDSU with Masters coursework in the same. She has studied with PATH, International where she completed Instructor Training and the Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning certification program. Through the love of God and horses, Laurel is now bringing her two biggest passions together. Serving God by helping people with Parkinson's Disease and other movement disorders and providing a home and new life for rescue horses.
The two together form Park Horse Project.
Madison King is currently enrolled in the University of Nebraska - Lincoln School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Madison received a One Health Fellowship and has completed extensive research on the effects of pesticides on bees, small animals and plants. She is currently a teaching assistant for a pre-veterinary class at Nebraska., while working as a small animal veterinary technician and office manager. Madison has been a dog trainer for a Fortune 500 company and has been around horses all her life, growing her profound love of animals, making her a perfect partner and contributor to Park Horse Project.
Born and raised in central California, Katrina, has always had a love for horses. Katrina studied Accounting at University of California - Fresno that led her to Atlanta Georgia where she currently is employed at AT&T Intellectual Property as a Director of Strategy & Operations. Katrina's dream has always been to be a part of something bigger, giving back and serving those in need of equine therapy. Park Horse Project, bringing people together with horses, is a dream come true. Favorite Quote: "Instead of each person watching out for their own good watch out for what is better for others." Philippians 2:4