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Ann Miles, Ph.D

Executive Director and Founder

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, furthering 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. 


Michelle 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, 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.


Michele Pendleton

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.

Nicole Rieder

Therapeutic Riding Instructor & Program Developer

Nicole Rieder began her career in stable management for Trundlebed Farm in Kensington NH where she gained a range of skills in both horsemanship and leadership management.  Nicole graduated from Unity College in 2014 with a B.S. in Captive Wildlife Care and Education and interned at the Unity College livestock barn specializing in the preservation of heritage breeds. She began her career at The Carriage Barn Adaptive Therapies in 2014 as a Hippotherapy Assistant, later becoming a Riding Instructor, the Social Outreach Coordinator and Director of Horticulture, before focusing on Program Development. Outside of The Carriage Barn, she is an educator for The Museum of Science in Boston. 


Nicole enjoys the ability to empower individuals of all abilities to take control of their life and gain new skills and experiences. She is certified through The Suicide Prevention Recourse Center and specializes in mental health.

Elizabeth Attisano


Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Therapeutic Recreation at The University of New Hampshire with a minor in Psychology. In 2018, Elizabeth became a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and then received her license through the state of New Hampshire in May of 2019. After completing her Bachelor's degree in 2018, she went on to complete an accelerated Master's Degree in Therapeutic Recreation Administration at The University of New Hampshire. Elizabeth graduated from The University of New Hampshire in May of 2019 and is starting her first job at The Carriage Barn!

Our Team

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