About Our Staff
Our staff here at Banbury Cross is part of what makes us unique. Every individual on our team is so passionate about what they do and continually create the best atmosphere for our riders.
Our team of instructors (Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors through PATH) are trained to recognize and work with the challenges that our riders may struggle with. The training includes a rigorous training process and certification, and 25 hours of continuing education credits each year which allows them to learn and perfect the proven therapeutic riding techniques to guide and teach our riders through weekly progression towards their goals. Each of our instructors maintains a current CPR/First Aid Certification as well.
Jessica Moore-Executive Director and Instructor
Hi, I'm Jessica and I am the Director and Head Instructor at Banbury Cross TEC. I have been an animal lover for my entire life, with a special spot in my heart for horses. I have always found animals to be very rewarding and understanding, as well as some of my best friends. I knew growing up that I wanted to somehow combine my love for animals with my desire to help people. After earning my BS in Behavioral Psychology from Western Michigan University, I went on to pursue my certification as a therapeutic riding instructor through PATH International.
In 2007, I joined the staff here, and could not be happier about my decision. I am fortunate to work with truly inspiring participants who are kind enough to involve me in part of their journey. I have the pleasure of watching our 12 phenomenal program horses change lives on a daily basis. In addition to being a certified therapeutic riding instructor with PATH, I am also certified as an Equine Specialist through EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association) and serve as the Michigan State Chair for PATH International's Region 4 Leadership Team.
Outside of my professional life, I have a small hobby farm which includes our dog & 2 cats, 2 horses, 3 goats, and 17 chickens, plus a large garden. My husband and I enjoy spending our free time with our three daughters (8 years and twin 3 year olds), hiking, horseback riding, dirt biking and playing on the farm.
Hi everyone, I’m Brittany and I am one of the PATH certified instructors here at Banbury. My love for horses started at a young age as my parents owned several growing up. After owning my first pony at the age of seven, I knew that these beautiful, gentle, and understanding animals held a special place in my heart. Fast forward a few years and I combined my love for horses and helping others by volunteering at Banbury Cross at the age of twelve. Volunteering with Banbury for nearly ten years, I was able to observe the amazing benefits that therapeutic riding offers. Wanting to play a more integral role in the riders’ emotional and physical well-being, I began the certification process to become a PATH instructor in 2017. I was officially certified in June of 2018 and have been teaching at two facilities, Banbury Cross and Therapeutic Riding Inc. It brings me so much joy to give back to facility that has given me so much over the past ten years. No matter what is going on in my personal life, my riders never fail to put a smile on my face!
Outside of teaching therapeutic riding, I also work full-time in Ann Arbor, where I moved after earning my bachelors degree in exercise science from Albion College. When I am not working, I enjoy working out, cuddling with my dogs, and spending time with my family!
I started out as a volunteer at Banbury Cross and quickly decided to become an instructor. It seemed like a really good way to combine my physical therapy background and my love of horses. I became a certified therapeutic riding instructor at Cheff Center in 2008 and have been working at Banbury since then. I love seeing how horses can make a physical, cognitive, social or recreational difference in a person’s life!
I have an undergrad degree in psychology from Michigan State University (Go Green!) and went on to get a physical therapy degree from Ohio University in 1990. As a physical therapist, I have primarily treated adult inpatient rehab clients.
My husband and I are proud parents of a son and a daughter. My daughter and I own a bay Paint gelding, Indy, who is boarded at Banbury. I have ridden and owned horses for most of my life. Through my daughter, I have been involved in Pony Club locally and regionally since 2010.
Briahna Reis-Barn Manager and Instructor
I have been riding horses since I was 6 years old and I have been fortunate enough to share this journey with many different wonderful horses along the way. I have competed in Eventing, Dressage, and Barrel Racing shows and participated on my high school equestrian team. I have always loved the amazing bond shared between horse and ride and wanted to share that with others, which is what led me to become a therapeutic riding instructor. I started volunteering at Banbury Cross in September 2009 and instantly fell in love with the program, as I was seeing that bond between horse and rider happening first hand. I received my therapeutic riding instructor certification in September 2018 and I am so excited to help more riders, who share the love for horses like I do, progress in their riding abilities.
When I am not teaching classes at Banbury Cross, I enjoy riding my 3 personal horses, Chrome, Ollie, and Cash. Chrome and I are currently training to begin showing at barrel shows, in the Spring, and look forward to what the future holds! Outside of classes, you may see me around because I live onsite (with my dog, Josie) and complete many of the tasks associated with being the barn manager.
Nathan Jerome-Facility Manager
My love of horses and beautiful horse farms blossomed at the age of 13 when my family moved north of Metamora into the Lapeer area. Spending time with so many new friends who were horse owners fed my passion for horses and I was eventually able to own my own horse, Joe. My involvement with Banbury Cross began in July of 2012 when I started volunteering for classes and I soon realized that Banbury was a place I wanted to be for years to come. My eagerness to do whatever I could around the farm eventually led me to my current position as Facility Manager and a member of an amazing staff of individuals.
It makes me so happy to share the love of horses with our riders and see firsthand what amazing therapists our program horses truly are in helping our riders. I’m always amazed at the positive affect horses have on our lives.
When I’m not working around the farm I love to grab my camera and head to the fields or drive around the Metamora countryside photographing horses and the farms they live on.