Founder Lisa Tomlin
Ever since horses coaxed her out of her shell as a little girl, Lisa knew it was her life's work to share with others the gifts she received from horses. But it was navigating brain cancer with a horse by her side that solidified her mission to make riding and the healing powers of horses accessible to whoever needs them.
Founder Lisa Tomlin holds a bachelor's degree in Equestrian Science from William Woods University and is certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.
After working with some of the top horse trainers in the nation, Lisa opened Premier Riding School and Show Horse Training stable in Franktown, Colorado in 2000. There she coached young and adult riders at all levels of competition, including the U.S. Arabian Horse Youth National Horse Show.
In 2008, Lisa moved to Santa Barbara with one retired lesson horse and a dream to enjoy life in the most beautiful place on Earth. Through a program called Lessons With Lisa, she continued to teach students on their own horses.
That dream was cut short when she was diagnosed with a large, inoperable brain tumor in 2009. The teaching stopped, but the healing and learning never did. Lisa spent as much time as possible with her retired lesson horse, and he became part of the team of healers and doctors that led to her successful recovery.
It was through the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara that Lisa discovered Wellness through art, yoga, meditation and therapeutic horseback riding. After she officially beat cancer, she began volunteering at Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center. In addition to teaching more than 30 riders a week at Hearts, Lisa taught summer camp, served on the horse committee, assisted with the horse schooling program, co-planned events including the annual student horse show, and spoke at their annual fundraising luncheon.
Most importantly, her experiences at Hearts solidified her life's purpose of helping people heal and find their inner power through horses.
Lisa moved to Ojai in November 2014, and has volunteered at equine therapy centers in the Ojai Valley while realizing her dream of creating a center to make riding and horses accessible to people who need them. Once a painfully shy little girl, Lisa is the fulfilled woman she is today because of the horses in her life. Now she aims to help others find wellness through horses and all the therapies that helped her through cancer.
William Woods University
Bachelor of Science, Equestrian Science
Summa Cum Laude, 1998
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International
Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
American Riding Instructors Association
Certified Level II, Saddle Seat, 1998
First Aid & CPR Certified, Adult and Child