Our Staff

Program Director

Melissa Miller

Ride With Pride is more than just a workplace to me, it is my second home. I grew up within this program and it has taught me valuable morals and life skills. When I was 10 years old, I participated in the summer camps at RWP where many of my close friends were children of the foster care system. At 13 years old I became a volunteer, 18 I began teaching riding lessons, at 21 I became Supervisor, and now being 23 I am the Director. I recently graduated in 2015 from Bridgewater College with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a minor in Social Work. I am a PATH Intl. registered level riding instructor and plan on continuing my education. I have many years of horse experience, currently own 5 horses that reside on my parents’ farm, and compete at Dressage and Eventing shows. I am looking forward to the many years to come and the continued growth of the program.

Our Instructors

Melissa Miller

Ride With Pride is more than just a workplace to me, it is my second home. I grew up within this program and it has taught me valuable morals and life skills. When I was 10 years old, I participated in the summer camps at RWP where many of my close friends were children of the foster care system. At 13 years old I became a volunteer, 18 I began teaching riding lessons, at 21 I became Supervisor, and now being 23 I am the Director. I recently graduated in 2015 from Bridgewater College with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a minor in Social Work. I am a PATH Intl. registered level riding instructor and plan on continuing my education. I have many years of horse experience, currently own 5 horses that reside on my parents’ farm, and compete at Dressage and Eventing shows. I am looking forward to the many years to come and the continued growth of the program.

Kelsey Lasher

Hi! My name is Kelsey and I have been working with horses for over 13 years. I started riding when I was 7 and fell in love! I have been working for Ride With Pride for a little over 2 years and now wear many hats, including barn worker, instructor, and volunteer coordinator so I am almost always around the barn.  While I also work for many barns in the area training and teaching horses and riders, I am most proud of my resent accomplishment of becoming PATH certified! I am currently enrolled at Blue Ridge Community College with the intent to transfer to Bridgewater College and graduate with a major in psychology and a double minor in business and equine management.

Marsha Pillet

I’ve ridden since I was a child and learned a lot when my family owned and ran a riding guest farm in eastern PA where we focused on English riding. I’ve owned and cared for horses at my home all my adult years. Given my choice of riding I most enjoy schooling and training, establishing communication and fitness for both horse and rider.
I’m an experienced registered yoga teacher with over 30 years teaching experience including multiple certifications. I have years of experience teaching chair based yoga and adapted mat based yoga for people practicing with physical challenges of all sorts.
I began as a NAHRA volunteer around 1997 and began teaching NAHRA students around five or six years later working one on one with students with autism under Debbie Winters guidance and with Sue Woundy with more physically challenged riders.

Marian Updike

Hi I’m Marian Updike, I have been involved with Ride With Pride since Summer of 2010 where I was completing an occupational therapy clinical course. I have been riding horses all of my life with primary style of riding and showing locally western and hunter pleasure. I obtained my PATH Therapeutic Horseback Riding Certification November 2013 and have been teaching at Ride With Pride when able-aside from my full time job as an occupational therapist. I obtained my Master of Science degree from Shenandoah University in Occupational Therapy December 2011 and prior to that held an Associate of Science degree as an Occupational Therapist Assistant from Jefferson College of Health Sciences in 2005. I have been working in the occupational therapy field since 2005. My two passions of horses and therapy have led me to absolutely love working with and helping out at Ride with Pride!!