Meet The Team

Executive Director

Muriel Forrest

Muriel is married to husband Mark for over 25 years, and is the proud mom of eight boys, two of whom have passed away from severe disabilities, two still living with severe disabilities, and four healthy boys who help out at the farm every day. Muriel is a PATH certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, a USDF L Program participant and a USEF Para Dressage Apprentice Coach. Muriel coaches at Wheatland Farm, speaks nationally on disability awareness issues, and advocates locally and nationally for families raising children with special needs.

Program Administrator

Melissa McNamee

Melissa spent more than 25 years in the corporate hospitality industry. Joining Wheatland Farm, first as a volunteer, then as a parent and a rider, Melissa brings with her experience in the hospitality industry a great way with customers, and a genuine understanding as a rider, a parent and a volunteer. Melissa is available to assist our customers during regular office hours here at the Wheatland office.

Equine Trainer & Instructor

FEI Event Rider, USEF Para Coach

Anthony Forrest

Anthony Forrest got his start in horse riding at the age of two at a therapeutic riding center he attended with his older brother, Johnny. Now an FEI 1* Eventing rider as well as a Pony Club B graduate, Anthony teaches up and coming able bodied riders, often the siblings of Wheatland special needs students. As the sibling of four brothers affected by disability, and a budding international level rider, Anthony knows one too well the challenges and joys of the students he teaches.

Licensed PTA & PATH Instructor

Emily Carey

Emily Carey has been riding horses for 17 years with a background in the Eventing discipline.  Emily is also a Physical Therapist Assistant and works at an orthopedic physical therapy clinic in Purcellville, Virginia. Emily is enjoying the bridge between her two careers as she helps riders to accomplish their goals in riding, physical fitness and maximizing their skills for equestrian sport.

PATH Instructor

Tiffany Neel

Tiffany Neel graduated with a degree in Equine Science and Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies, and brings to her teaching at Wheatland Farm a wealth of experience as a life long horse rider, a certified PATH instructor and the mom of a very active almost two year old daughter! Especially effective with younger and more challenged riders, Tiffany's sense of fun and love of teaching brings out the smiles in even the shyest of students. Tiffany enjoys time with her family and her beloved mare when not at the farm teaching.

PATH Instructor

Heather Payne

Heather has been teaching children to ride with love, humor and enthusiasm since she graduated from college. Now married to her husband Joe, Wheatland Farm is the beneficiary of her  teaching skills -- AND her wonderful husband -- who volunteers with her when she teaches each week! Wheatland Farm is grateful to Heather and Joe for the hours of loving service they provide to their beloved students and their families.

US Pony Club, USEA Eventer

Lexie Clymore

Lexie Clymore is a Pony Club instructor and event rider, who specializes in beginner riders, pony club riders and those beginning jumping. Lexie has a great way with youngsters and adults alike and brings her genuine love of horses and upbeat personality to every lesson she conducts. Lexie is also pursuing her para coaching license.

Sport Horse Assitant

Anushka Bailey

Anushka Bailey brings years of experience managing and grooming for top show jumpers and racehorse trainers around the world. A native of South Africa, Anushka helps manage the care of Wheatland's sport horses in their daily training and show preparation. 

Lesson Manager

Stephanie McMullen

Stephanie McMullen manages the lesson horses and ponies and oversees their preparation for and turn back after lessons each day at Wheatland Farm.

Horse Development Specialist

Michael Alway

A former manager at Pat & Linda Parelli's Florida campus, and working directly under the Parelli's tutelage for several years, Michael Alway and his wife Marion (a dressage rider and Linda Parelli protege) have a gift for supporting the emotional and psychological development of horses. Michael provides weekly instruction and training to Wheatland Farm's horses and staff.

Program Management Consultant

Eric Tolentino

Eric has spent many years at the top of the USHJA circuit, managing A circuit barns and sport horses. Eric provides consultation services including facility and horse management oversight to ensure that Wheatland Farm's programs are as excellent as possible, and meet the highest levels of quality in the sport.

Contributing Professionals