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Lydia Keller

Barn Manager 

Lydia is Tenderfoot's owner and barn manager. She has been riding since she was six months old and has studied many different disciplines under several talented trainers! She started out barrel racing and has now made the switch to hunter jumper. She competed on the Millersville Equestrian Team for a few years and still does a few local shows here and there. She is a lifelong learner and knows that there is always something new to learn from other trainers and horses. Her passion is sharing her thirst for learning with other horse enthusiasts. When she is not around the horses you can either find her teaching at Central York Middle School or spending time with her husband and daughter. 

Cindy Merrick

Accountant

Cindy is Tenderfoot's bookkeeper. She has been riding for a few years and her first horse was Prettybabe. She calls herself an occasional rider but enjoys riding a lot. She is a valuable asset to Tenderfoot. She's very passionate about Tenderfoot and works hard to keep up with the book work so we can run smoothly!

Chelsea Wilkey

English Riding Instructor

Chelsea has been riding and competing since the age of 4 when she became hooked after her mom put her on her 16.2h thoroughbred mare, Mouse. She has since competed in many disciplines over the years but her main focus has been in the hunter and sport horse ring. She has trained under three incredible trainers (Judi and Christi Scott and Clyde Beam) that have mentored and formed her into the rider she is today. She competed on and was President of the Millersville Equestrian Team where she met Lydia. Chelsea currently owns five horses; Lucky, KG, Bentley, Daphre and Neville. Lucky, Bentley and Neville are Chelsea's hunter mounts, while KG is now retired from the sport horse ring. Daphre is more into jumpers! When she is not with her horses, Chelsea can be found at home with her husband Matt, her daughter Millie, and her three fur babies, Dixie, Roxy, and Koda.

Odessa McCreesh

Western Riding Instructor

Odessa started taking lessons at Tenderfoot back in 2002 on her favorite horse, Patches. She even attended some fun shows on a lesson horse named, Patches where she competed in events like barrel racing and pole bending. Odessa went on to become a program director for the Junior Horsemanship Camp at River Valley Ranch where she became CHA certified for beginner lessons in November of 2011. She taught riding lessons there until she started her family with her husband, Brendon. She is the mother of three beautiful children, Rosella, Alenna and Hudson.

Scott Merrick

Property/Equipment Manager

Scott makes sure that everything is running smoothly and helps to keep our stable looking beautiful. Scott used to participate in the rodeos on a horse named Nevada, but now he mainly keeps to riding motorcycles and working on projects in his garage. You will also see other animals around Tenderfoot because he is currently raising chickens, steers, and lambs.

Lori Hall

Barn Assistant

Lori helps out with the daily barn chores on the weekend. She is a HUGE help to giving our staff a break from the workload. She has been a friend/boarder to Tenderfoot for many years and owns two horses, Chance and Vegas. Lori enjoys trail riding and has even dabbled in fun shows. You will also know Lori around the barn as the person that brings the best homemade soup and ice cream to boarder events!

Angie Best

Barn Assistant

Angie has had horses for most of her life and currently has five horses of her own that she cares for at home. Angie is a busy lady as she not only works at Tenderfoot in the evenings, but she also works at another stable in the mornings. In her free time she enjoys competing in rodeos, particularly with her daughter!

Abbot Brandt

Barn Assistant

Abby has been a familiar face around Tenderfoot for many years now. When not riding with her Lake Erie College Equestrian team, Abby can be found helping us to exercise horses. Not only is she great with the horses under saddle, but she is an excellent member of our barn work team! We are always thrilled to have her as a part of our staff when she is home from school.

Hannah Harris

Barn Assistant

Hannah is an agricultural teacher that teaches classes such as Animal Care and Science, Equine Sciences, and Vet Sciences. She also is an FFA advisor, so she is not new to the farm life! She has been around horses for years, riding at a barn just down the road from Tenderfoot. She also is the owner of the pretty red roan mare, Ricochet and a bay gelding, Douglas. We are happy to have Hannah join our team!

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