Our Staff

Instructors

Cynthia Amodei

Program Director, PATH INTL. Instructor

Cynthia was born and raised in Wichita Falls, Texas and attended her certification training at Equest to become a registered PATH, Intl. instructor in early 1997. She also holds her CHA certifications in English and Western disciplines. She is the co-founder of All Star Equestrian, Program Director since 2001, co-founder of Chisholm Challenge Horse Show, Special Olympic Equestrian Coach and Equestrian Sports Specific Trainer.  Her special interests include her family – husband - John, two children and six grandchildren, her two dogs, several horses and small herd of cattle. Cynthia adores her job - working with our special staff, Board of Directors, volunteers and cherished string of therapy horses – and having the opportunity to work with our special riders and helping to improve their daily lives through therapeutic horseback riding.

Prairie Endres-Parnell

PATH INTL. Instructor

Prairie Endres-Parnell started riding and working with horses at age 6. Once bitten, the horse bug never left and she trains and competes in English and Western riding. She currently owns two wonderful horses, an APHA mare Cheyenne and a branded mustang Ló Nenár, and is schooling both in extreme trail. Prairie became a PATH certified instructor at Texas Tech University in 2007 and never looked back. She has taught riding lessons for over twenty years, and loves teaching riders of all ages and skills. Working at AllStar brings so much joy!

Megan Ray

PATH INTL. Instructor

 

Megan began as a junior volunteer in 1999, and has been here since!  She graduated from Alvarado High and Texas Woman's University.  Megan then interned at All Star and became a registered PATH, INTL instructor in 2008.  She especially enjoys going to horse shows and coaching drill teams with elaborate costumes and music.  She thoroughly enjoys her job and plans on going for her Advanced Instructor certification, and wants to continue improving her riders' health and independence through therapeutic horseback riding.

Emilie Thomason

PATH INTL. Instructor, Schooling Manager, Webmaster

Originally from Victoria, Tx., Emilie moved to Mansfield in 2003 and started volunteering in 2004 as a Junior Volunteer. Emilie worked as a ranch hand throughout high school and when she would come home from college for the holidays. Graduating from West Texas A&M University in 2014 with an Animal Science degree, she returned to All Star as a ranch hand in May of 2015. Emilie became a PATH International Certified Instructor in 2016. She sees All Star as part of her family and they have taught many things about horses and helping others. In her future, Emilie wants to help further grow the Therapeutic Riding Industry and the public understanding of it. She loves being All Star's Webmaster and on the Schooling Committee.  Teaching and working with the riders and volunteers is beyond her dream job and she is very proud to be a part of it!

Veronica Wolfe

Assistant Program Director, PATH INTL. Instructor, Schooling Manager

 

Raised in Arlington, Tx. Veronica is a Martin HS graduate.  She enlisted in the US Army and served as a medic on the Blackhawk helicopter.  As she finished her enlistment she settled back in Arlington and worked as a teacher and coach at Boulevard Baptist Christian School.  In October 2010 her love for horses brought her to All Star as a temporary ranch hand; then in March 2012 she became the Ranch Manager.  She is on the Schooling Committee, and is the Assistant Program Director as well. Veronica enjoys spending time in the great outdoors with her two sons Ryan and Dylan.

Healthcare Profesionals

Heidi Alexander

Occupational Therapist, PATH INTL. Certified Therapist

Heidi is a native Texan and began volunteering at All Star in 2012 with her daughter and son. She is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University with a degree in Occupational Therapy. Heidi has practiced in a variety of settings including schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and now at the All Star Barn! She completed Level 1 and 2 Hippotherapy Courses through the American Hippotherapy Association and is now a PATH registered therapist providing Occupational Therapy at All Star. Heidi is thrilled with the blessing of combining her therapy career with her love of horses!

Jane Neal

Physical Therapist, PATH INTL. Certified Therapist, PATH INTL. Registered Therapeutic Horseback Riding Instructor

Jane was raised in Austin, Texas. She was born a horse lover and rode Western and English in the early years. She met her husband while showing Hunters and Jumpers and has enjoyed owning horses with him. She is a graduate of Southwestern Medical School, UTHSC Dallas with a degree in Physical Therapy. In 2013 she earned certification as a PATH Intl. Instructor and in 2016 completed Level 1 and 2 Hippotherapy Courses through the American Hippotherapy Association and is now a PATH Registered Therapist providing Physical Therapy at All Star Equestrian. She is also certified in English and Western instructing through CHA. She is very grateful God is allowing her to pursue her dream of combining therapy and horses. 

Michele Viere

Occupational Therapist, PATH INTL. Certified Registered Therapist

Originally from Minnesota, Michele became interested in horses going to a week long horse camp every summer.  Michele is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy.  Michele moved to Texas in 2010 and and began volunteering in therapeutic riding classes with All Star Equestrian in 2012.  Currently living in Arlington Texas, Michele works in a wide variety of occupational settings with children and adults.  Michele has completed Hippotherapy I and II classes through the American Hippotherapy Association and is a PATH registered therapist providing Occupational Therapy at All Star Equestrian.

Barn Staff

Catherine Arnold

Administrative Assistant

Cathy started as a volunteer and has been on staff at All Star for over 8 years. She and her husband Ken live in the Burleson area and have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Cathy loves travel, beaches, exploring ruins and spas! Her secret behavior is fossil hunting! Working at All Star is her favorite job ever and she loves being at work! Pandora is her favorite horse but there are many that come in a close second. Cathy loves the staff at All Star and the gracious, loving team atmosphere. Her favorite thing to watch is the transformation equine therapy provides to our riders and volunteers!

Lindsey Benke

Volunteer Coordinator

 Lindsey is a Texas native. Her love for horses started at a a very young age, but took off when she rescued her thoroughbred, Venture.  She has always volunteered and worked with animals, from boarding facilities, veterinary technician, animal rescue and foster programs, inmates and shelter dog programs to Professional Dog Trainer. She personally owns four dogs, two of which are therapy dogs. Over the years she has had the opportunity to train therapy ESA and service dogs. Lindsey enjoys being apart of the healing animals bring us. Aside from animals she is married and bonus mom to a five year old boy. She enjoys the outdoors, Alabama football, Disney and traveling. Lindsey became a part of the All Star family as Volunteer Coordinator March of 2018. 

Cindy Burch

Accounts Manager

 Cindy Burch is a native Texan who has always loved horses.  When All Star Equestrian opened in 1999, the Burch Family was excited to volunteer and loved working with the riders.  In 2001, Cindy joined the staff as the Accounts Manager.  She loves her job and the friends she has made, but also still loves volunteering in classes.

Deb Stafford

Office Assistant

 Initially from California, Deb has lived in Texas since 1989. She was active duty Air Force for 9 years and has since retired from the Air Force Reserve. She also practiced as a Registered Nurse for 16 years. Deb discovered All Star Equestrian around 6 years ago while searching for volunteer opportunities to do in her free time. In March 2016, she became an office administrative assistant and works in the All Star office 1 to 2 days a week! Deb loves everything about All Star, especially the horses, people, and riders! She is always inspired and amazed by the riders and the ways they benefit from therapy! She is extremely thankful that what started off as a volunteering opportunity has turned into so much more!

Call us today!

817-477-1437

All Star Equestrian Foundation

Physical Address: 6601 FM 2738

Burleson Texas, 76028 

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 892

Mansfield, Texas 76063

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