Watchung resident Barbara Roche is a chronic volunteer, giving time to various causes throughout Somerset County. (She was honored as Somerset County's 2014 Volunteer of the Year.) But when her daughter decided that horseback riding was her passion, hundreds and hundreds of hours were dedicated to Lord Stirling Stable, assisting beginner and therapeutic riding students, running pony rides and events and so much more. She now owns and boards Deuce and Senor Tex at the Basking Ridge park! As a communications professional, she brings strategic business sense and experience, working with Verizon's C-suite execs for decades, always ensuring a symbiotic relationship between audience, objectives and strategies.
Barbara Aspinall Smith always loved the idea of horseback riding but never had an opportunity until moving to Basking Ridge and discovering LSS. She began in her 50’s at Beginner 1 and progressed through the levels at LSS. She has volunteered as a teaching assistant, as a pony pen mucker, at the FLSS events and most recently as the editor of Hoofbeats, the FLSS newsletter. In 2016, a big moving Thoroughbred gelding was introduced to a class at LSS in which Barbara was a participant and though he would not work out as an LSS lesson horse, he has been a lovely challenge for Barbara as his owner and rider. Barbara is the pastor of two local churches; she is married and has three grown sons.
Carol started riding as an adult, and has been doing so for more than 30 years, exclusively at Lord Stirling Stable. Her professional career includes 30-plus years in Information Systems at Prudential Insurance Company, where her fields of expertise were project management, executive status reporting, requirements management/documentation, and process implementation.
Carol’s education includes an Associate’s degree from the State University of New York Agricultural and Technical College at Farmingdale (she was a techie, not an aggie), and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the College of Saint Elizabeth, where she also served as an adjunct professor for several years. She holds a Master’s Certificate in IT Project Management from George Washington University.
In addition to riding, Carol has been a regular volunteer for the Somerset County Therapeutic Riding Adapted Instruction at Lord Stirling Stable (T.R.A.I.L.S.) program for nearly 30 years.
Kris enrolled in her first riding lessons at Lord Stirling when she was 11 years old. After 35 years away raising her son and keeping busy with other hobbies, Kris returned to LSS to volunteer with the T.R.A.I.L.S. program. Kris is now in the midst of her Masterson Method certification journey, which is integrated equine performance bodywork. Kris works as a full-time administrative assistant
at Bernardsville Police Department. She enjoys everything horses, traveling, and attending live music shows with her son Brady, friends, and family.
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