Meet The Team

Muriel Forrest

USEF Silver Para Dressage Coach

PATH Certified Instructor

Executive Director

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 USDF L Program and a USEF Silver Para Dressage Coach. Muriel coaches Para Dressage and dressage riders at Wheatland Farm, speaks nationally on disability awareness issues, and advocates locally and nationally for families raising children with special needs.

Melissa McNamee

Program Administrator

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.

Anthony Forrest

Equine Trainer & Instructor

FEI 2* Event Rider,

USEF Bronze Para Coach

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 2* Event rider and a USEF Bronze Para Dressage Coach, Anthony is also a Pony Club B graduate and Pony Club instructor. 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.

Lauren Buckhout

US Pony Club Instructor

Lauren Buckhout recently graduated from Bridgewater College with a degree in Environmental Science. An equestrian and US Pony Clubber all her life, Lauren brings to Wheatland her unique skills at early childhood instruction, as well as her technical skills as a US Pony Club instructor and event rider. Lauren is also helping to develop Wheatland Farm's Farm to School Program© which will allow students at city schools to enjoy educational visits from Wheatland Farm's Peanut the Goat and Monty the Travelling Pony, and learn about animals , their habitats, and ways we can preserve their environment.

Lexie Clymore

US Pony Club, USEA Eventer

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.

Stephanie McMullen

Lesson Manager

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

Michael Alway

Horse Development Specialist

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.

Eric Tolentino

Program Management Consultant

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

To reach any of our staff please call: (703) 574-0511