Our Team

Tamara Johnston

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Owner/Manager/Instructor

As well as being Maplewood's Owner and Manager, Tamara teaches and coaches the Maplewood show, IEA and IHSA Teams. She utilizes her considerable knowledge from her many years of showing and training with some of the countries top professionals to help educate her students.

 

Tamara is a Board Member of the Massachusetts Horsemen's Council (MHC) for years. Established the successful Maplewood IEA Team in 2005. Where she is also a certified IEA Zone 1 Steward.  

Kasey McDermott

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Instructor

Kasey might as well have been born on the back of a horse, considering her first official pony ride came at only a few months old! From a young age, she showed promise as a talented rider, but more than that exhibited a strong work ethic and genuine love for the sport. Her determination and skill have brought her success at local and AA-rated shows over the years and allowed her to ride with clinicians such as Greg Best and Bernie Traurig. Beyond her riding abilities, Kasey has been a licensed instructor since 2017 and has brought up her own group of students. Her patience allows students to feel comfortable enough to make mistakes and learn from them, while her knowledge helps guide them with the proper tools to improve. She believes in the fundamentals of riding and the role horsemanship plays in a rider's success. Kasey has bestowed upon her students how not only to ride horses but how to be a true equestrian.

Jess Dowling

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Instructor

Jess Dowling grew up riding and showing up and down the east coast. After a successful junior career, she pursued equestrian sports professionally, attending The University of Findlay. 

 

After graduation, she moved back to Massachusetts, where she rode and trained for many notable barns in the area.  After years of perfecting an in-depth and relatable teaching style, Jess has brought her energy and knowledge to Maplewood Farm! 

Holly Parker

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Instructor

Holly uses her many years of experience as a riding instructor to help teach riders new to horses how to work safely and progress with their personal goals. She uses her vast background to focus on great basics for the Hunter/Jumper ring, teaching students of all levels.

New riders start off with our beginner lessons, where Holly closely manages and demonstrates how to safely work around a horse or pony. Riders learn the basic skills of leading, grooming, and tacking their horse prior to getting in the saddle. In working on the ground first, the rider feels less nervous about actually getting on as they have already started to form a bond with their horse.

Sophie Johnston

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Digital Marketing Manager

Sophie is a recent college graduate from Johnson & Wales University where she was on the IHSA team and majored in marketing. She is in charge of all of our social media and marketing efforts. 

Natella Johnston

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Finance Manager & Office Manager

Natella graduated from Brown University in 2013 and has been with Maplewood since. She manages all financial aspects of the business and can often be found in the office, or reached via email for billing and scheduling inquiries. 

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MAPLEWOOD FARM 

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(617) 680 2329