Dana Spett, MSW
Founder & Executive Director
Dana founded Pony Power in 2000 with four riders and one horse, Matinee, a.k.a. Mat. An accomplished equestrian from a young age, Dana started New York University’s equestrian team and competed internationally on the intercollegiate show circuit. After she earned a master’s degree from Wurzweiler School of Social Work, she gained experience working with special needs populations as a coordinator of child-study teams for school-based programming. When one of her three daughters was diagnosed with mild sensory integration issues, Dana tapped into her horse experience and became a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International-certified instructor. She’s worked with thousands of individuals in the years since and has been the guiding force behind Pony Power’s expansion and growth.
Our instructors are certified or working toward their certification with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International. PATH International is the leading accrediting body for the horse-assisted activities industry. All Pony Power instructors are experienced riders who have spent years working with horses. Most began as volunteers here at Pony Power.
- Equine management and horsemanship
- Adaptive equipment and tack modifications
- Disabilities education and teaching strategies
- Instruction and riding skill progression
Program Development Director & Instructor
Volunteer Coordinator and Instructor
Equine Manager & Instructor
Facilities Manager and Instructor
Jenn Ripston, MS, OTR/L
Clinical Director and Instructor
Program Coordinator and Instructor
Farm/Nature-based Educator & Instructor
andy Liso, M.A.Ed.
After-school Program Coordinator/ Structured Learning Instructor