Our entire team is committed to meeting each client’s needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.
Andrea oversees the operations of JohnMel Stables on a daily basis. She has worked for Melanie for over 12 years experience and is a well-rounded and committed equestrian. She provides top professional care for our JohnMel horses and our boarders’ horses, keeping them healthy and happy. She has worked on a foaling farm and has foaled horses on her own. Andrea leads trail rides, provides horsemanship and lessons. If there is information you need on any of the horses or about equine principles, best practices and care, she is the person to go to! Andrea is currently starting her own horse Alastar, pictured in her photo.
Liana has been an avid equestrian since a very young age, riding on her family farm. Liana strongly believes in developing her students skills in horsemanship not only before they get in the saddle but also during their entire equine career. Her focus has always been on the progression of horse and rider, with emphasis placed on enjoyment, safety and the belief that there is not always one approach that fits all. Liana teaches horsemanship, riding lessons, leads family time sessions and is one of our guides on the trails with her lead horse Magic. Liana also has a career as a child and youth worker. She is able to positively merge her background with equine therapy to provide a supportive, professional and beneficial experience for clients.
Leah offers horsemanship, family time and sessions with the horses focusing on healing and connection. Leah is also a 500 hour Power Yoga teacher and has started connecting yoga, breath, meditation and horsemanship together. She enjoys creating and nurturing an intuitive connection with each individual, with the goal of giving people a new perspective and presence. Leah’s hope is that her students step off their mat or off their horse feeling inspired, stronger and are able to bring some of that into all areas of their life and to others. Stay tuned for yoga and meditation sessions coming this year.
Becky is one of our pillars at JohnMel Stables. Becky provides support, whether in assisting with horses or other tasks within the barn environment. Becky’s love and enthusiasm at JohnMel Stables is evident while she works with a wide range of horses from our yearlings, lesson horses to the care she provides to our boarders horses as well.
Agnes Bellegris has connected her professional expertise with her love of horses to bring learning opportunities that will help others broaden their scope and get back to basics. Having witnessed the positive change horses can instigate in people, she wants to share her knowledge through her offerings with anyone who wants to be a part of the learning process. Agnes has an MBA with a specialist in PR & Communications. She offers individual and group communications training and workshops focused on both personal growth and strategic planning. She has also been a literacy advocate throughout her 30-year career in editorial and public relations capacities and has written several picture books. Bringing the Horse Powered Reading Program to Ontario, was a natural progression of her passion for helping children. Lastly, Agnes is a self-taught artist. Painting and riding have been her great escape from life’s challenges. Organizing paint-ins at the farm to share her love of colour and art just seemed like a fun thing to do for anyone wanting to pick up a brush. For more information, visit her website, www.leapsandstrides.ca