Our Staff

The Carriage Barn services are delivered by a team of compassionate,
experienced professionals and volunteers. We are proud of their skills and


Web-1-AnnMiles700x300Executive Director and Founder Ann Miles

Ann completed her doctoral studies in Counseling while working in the Boston Public Schools during desegregation. Consulting with various groups enabled Ann to prepare teachers and staff for the tumultuous years of integration. After completing her studies, Ann worked for many years in the computer and construction industries, but she never lost her keen interest in helping students learn. In 2000, Ann returned to horses and children and began offering therapeutic services through her company The Carriage Barn, LLC. Ann’s focus for all programs is “learning to learn”. There is no syllabus, only a compelling need to know how clients learn best. The inclusion of all school age children in her programs is still very important to Ann.

Ann is nationally recognized for her work with the challenged community as well as for her dedication to carriage driving. She has presented and lectured on the subject of therapeutic riding and driving at numerous Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) regional and international conferences as well as various other organizations and boards.

She continues to “creatively include” those clients, adult and child, abled bodied and challenged. She firmly believes diversity is grounded in commonalities. Assessments are based on fun activities. Introduction to our specially trained horses includes respect for their talents and different capabilities. Defining goals for each client is client driven. Great expectations for self are the force which drives the acquisition of competencies.

Ann’s community involvement includes membership on many boards and organizations including education, construction, restoration, and conservation. She currently serves as the President of the Amesbury Carriage Museum (MA).

In addition to numerous awards for her work in the building and restoration industry, Ann has been recognized by several organizations for her work in the equine therapy industry. She is also a published author in many magazines and professional journals. She is not compensated for her position as Executive Director of the Program.


Emily Chase, BA, Program Director & PATH Certified Instructor

Emily received her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Forensic Psychology from Southern New Hampshire University.

She has worked in many areas of the equine industry including summer camps, instructing, training, care, and equine health throughout her life. Before her work with The Carriage Barn she managed an equine veterinary practice in Central New Hampshire and she brings that knowledge to the care of our program horses.

Emily came to the program as an intern two years ago and has since become Program Director. During her time here she has also furthered her understanding of the nonprofit industry, including volunteerism, sustainability, and fundraising. Last Spring she completed the Hoffman-Haas Fellowship Program with the New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits in board governance.

Since coming to The Carriage Barn, Emily has expanded her horse knowledge to include the sport of driving, especially adaptive carriage driving. She has completed her CAA Level 1 and Road Driving certifications. More recently she became a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Driving Instructor and is working towards more professional certifications.

Beyond her day-to-day responsibilities with the program, Emily is a 4-H leader and currently consults with the Belknap County 4-H Foundation, as well as UNH Cooperative Extension. Her degree and experience with all age groups and abilities, allows her the skill set to develop inclusive programs.


HippotherapyMichelle Bragdon-Place, MS,OTR/L, Occupational Therapist and PATH Certified Instructor

Michelle received a Bachelor of Science Degree from The University of Connecticut and a Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Springfield College (MA).  Michelle has ten years of experience treating children and adults in hospitals, schools, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care, and outpatient centers.

Over the past several years Michelle has been providing school based services to students, from preschool through 5th grade, with sensory and motor needs as well as outpatient children and adults with various orthopedic and neurological deficits. In addition to extensive sensory integration and Autism continuing education courses, she also has a certification in the use of physical agent modalities and a Level 1 Certification in the award winning Handwriting Without Tears program, Pre-K through 5th grade curriculum.

Michelle is a licensed Occupational Therapist (NH, MA & CT), a Registered Instructor with PATH International, and an American Hippotherapy Association (AHA, www.americanhippotherapyassociation.org) Registered Therapist.  She currently works as an Occupational Therapist in a school district.

Michelle has been with the Program since 2003 and beside her role as Instructor, Therapist and Consultant, has been instrumental in the areas of program & curriculum planning and community outreach.  Michelle also serves the Program as a member of the Board of Directors.



8-2-10 054-1Michele Pendleton Shepherd, BS, Business Manager

Michele received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from Marist College (NY).

She worked in finance and credit & collections before becoming Business Manager for the Program.  Michele assisted in founding of the Program with state & federal agencies, including seeking federal Not-For-Profit status.  Over the last fifteen years Michael has expanded her understanding of the Not-For-Profit and equine related industries through various seminars and training opportunities. 

Michele also serves the Program as its Treasurer and a founding member of the Board of Directors.  In addition to her work with the Program, Michele is owner of Freedom Business Services, which provides bookkeeping and administrative services to small businesses and individuals.  Michele is a member of the QuickBooks ProAdvisors Program as well as the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers and the New Hampshire Tax and Accounting Professionals.



Meet Our Horses

Our support staff are some of the most extraordinary horses you will ever meet. They support instructors, volunteers, and clients in all our programs. They are multi-talented and have an ability to learn from their clients. (Click on each horse’s name to find out more about them)


IMG_4217-1The Carriage Barn has the very best volunteers anywhere! Our volunteers are there every day, in all sorts of weather, and do whatever needs doing with a smile. Our programs would not exist without the efforts of these wonderful people!












• In 2012, Volunteer NKathi Tew Hampshire recognized Carriage Barn volunteer Kathi Turner with a Volunteer Service Award (individual) for her “commitment to service and New Hampshire’s tradition of volunteerism”. Kathi gives when she knows we need help. In June she spent an entire day judging the Special Olympics of New Hampshire Equine Show Trail Classes. Her comments to each rider were wonderful and brought smiles to every participant.

Kathi is selfless, giving, and a true humanitarian, she gives herself to every adult & child in our program. Kathi is a joy to have around. Always willing to go the “extra mile” and do what needs doing with a smile on her face and a cheery word for everyone she meets.

Kathi, and other volunteers like her, are a fulcrum upon which fragile clients balance their relationship with the world. The delicate balance between acknowledging a handicap or disability or challenge and including a person of worth into our real world is balanced on the backs and minds of human beings such as Kathi and all of our wonderful volunteers. To find out how you can become a Carriage Barn volunteer, click here.