DJ JesserDJ pic
DJ began developing MoonRise Farm in 2002 through the inspiration of her two horses. While working as a clinical therapist at an alternative school, she had noticed how the horses give students motivation and courage to see themselves in a new way. This in turn gave rise to a lot of positive change in their lives. Through collaboration with Vermont Adaptive, DJ has grown the program to serve hundreds of participants with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges. As a licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) she also has her own private practice both at MoonRise Farm and at  the Yellow Farmhouse, ArtisTree, South Pomfret.  One of her focuses is supporting children and families around the impact of trauma. A modality she finds very helpful with this is Equine-Assisted EMDR.  In addition she is certified as a PATH Intl (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International) Instructor and Equine Specialist In Education and Mental Health. She has 40 years of experience in the counseling field, and a lifetime of experience with horses. Although, she will admit proudly that she is continually learning in all areas of her life and just wants to share her passion for horses, adventure, and positive change.

Robert MaynardRobert Pic
Robert’s passion for horses began on a Florida range back in 1973. His experience spans from breeding and training of cow horses and even intercollegiate rodeo! He demonstrates a deep understanding and feel for partnering with almost any horse. His capacity to communicate with horses using their language has taught us a lot here at MoonRise Farm. Through working with us, Robert has discovered his large capacity and heart for helping people. He is a certified instructor through CHA. Robert’s goal is to share with students his love of horses through hands-on experience and understanding the mind of the horse.