Our Team – the humans

Jamilyn Anthony – Founder/Instructor

PATH intl Certified Riding instructor (2011), CHA Certified Instructor

Jamilyn has been a horse lover ever since she was young. As a teen she saved and bought her own horse, enjoyed drill team, gymkhanas and rode at different barns.  As an adult volunteering at a therapeutic riding center, she saw the power of horses to heal and was hooked. In 2010 she obtained her certification to be a Therapeutic Horseback Riding Instructor through Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. She also obtained her CHA certification as an English and Western Riding instructor in 2021 As an adaptive riding instructor, She utilizes the many lessons that working with horses teach us to help her students both inside and outside of “the barn”.

Emily Stibbards – Head Instructor

PATH intl Certified Riding instructor (2012), Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (2021)

Emily is a lifelong horseback rider, and she began volunteering for a therapeutic riding program during her high school years.  While completing her BA in psychology and education, she gained her therapeutic riding instructor certification through PATH intl.  Since then Emily had gone on to teach at eight distinct programs across three different states, and has taken on various roles including volunteer trainer, equine care team lead, program director, curriculum author, and lead instructor.  Creativity, simplicity, and empathy between horse and rider and the hallmarks of her teaching style.  Emily’s favorite part about the Connections Through Horses program is the emphasis on complete horsemanship from the ground up, which she has seen helps her students grow into compassionate, safety-minded horse people. 

Myleah Coleman – Instructor

Myleah is from Baltimore, Maryland. After 10 years introducing horses to at-risk urban youth through the nonprofit City Ranch, she pursued a master’s in social work from university of Denver’s animal assisted social work program. As a CTRI she is passionate about increasing diversity and having fun in lessons. 

Kaylee Doeding- Instructor

Kaylee Doeding is BHS and PATH.int Certified Riding Instructor. She started her horse loving journey at the age of two on trail rides through the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. Her mom bought her an English lesson at the age of six, not realizing this would be an all encompassing passion. Kaylee mucked out stalls to earn lessons once a week starting at the age of six. Working for lessons was a great way to learn true horsemanship.

      After working for lessons for ten years, Kaylee was offered the opportunity to ride horses for their owners ~ along with teaching lessons and running horse camps ~ at the Los Angeles Equestrian center. At the age of 17 she was working for Voltaire Design and traveled to A circuit shows to help with saddle fittings. She then began exercise riding and playing polo in Virginia and Florida along with showing jumpers and fox hunting. During this time Kaylee got certified in the first level of the British Horse Society. When she moved back to California, she worked to become PATH certified, teaching therapeutic riding. Kaylee then found a new horse home at Far West Farms in Calabasas, California. Here, she ran the riding school, schooling horses, managing camp, along with directing schooling shows. 

      Kaylee loves sharing her passion for horses with those she gets to teach. Safety, education and fun are her priorities when she is teaching lessons. “Horses are our divine mirrors and if we listen we can learn more than we ever imagined about ourselves and how we communicate with these animals.” 

Shannon Barrows – Instructor

Hi I’m Shannon. I’ve enjoyed working with groups and individuals as a PATH instructor since 2015. I’ve worked with all different breeds of horses in different regions from Fort Worth to Glenwood Springs and it’s the volunteers and clients that keep me passionate. I believe in the PATH and CHA curriculum and keeping lessons safe and enjoyable for all. I look forward to bringing fun memories to all clients of different paths and walks of life at Connections Through Horses.