Amy Gardner Anderson, Executive Director/Founder
Amy Gardner Anderson has been teaching riding to people of all ages and abilities since 1997. In 2007 she became a PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International – formerly NARHA) Advanced Instructor. For four years she managed the selection, training and development of 25 therapy horses at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme, CT. During the winter of 2008/2009 she served as Consulting Barn Manager at Horse Power and Pony Farm in Temple, New Hampshire. There she developed schooling, feeding, record keeping and organizational systems to care for the farm’s 35 horses which serve both able-bodied and riders with disabilities.
Prior she worked at several lesson barns as an instructor and barn manager and has served individual clients assisting with training and schooling of their show and pleasure horses. On a trip to Israel in 2007 Amy took lessons with Israel’s top Reining rider, for some western experience. In April 2008, Amy joined Manes & Motions Therapeutic Riding, continuing to teach riders with disabilities. For her own training and riding education, Amy has ridden with Jill Walter-Robinson, Ann Bowie, Lucinda Greene, Vicki Hammers-O’Neil, Denny Emerson, Ann Guptil and Anita Kokoszka.
In 2009 Bear Paw Barn LLC was formed. For nearly a decade Bear Paw has been offering boarding and training services, specializing in challenging behavior and health issues. Amy has privately rescued several horses, including her Percheron Boo Boo who was a PMU (Premarin) rescue foal.
In 2012, Amy began volunteering her training services to Connecticut Draft Horse Rescue. After they have been evaluated and rehabilitated, she accepted horses from the rescue to retrain in preparation for adoption. During her time with CDHR she helped many horses find new homes.
In 2018 It was time to move on to the next phase, creating a lasting legacy to rehabilitate and re-home horses who have suffered neglect, educate the local horse community and provide resources for horse owners in need. Sumner Brook Farm became a registered 501c3 non-profit October 30, 2018.