Our Team

Tamara Johnston



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.  

Emma Milford



Starting with a strong background in hunt seat equitation, Emma has helped many riders reach their personal goals both in and out of the show ring. She has extensive experience in everything from show management, coaching teams, and summer riding camps. She's most passionate about bringing along new riders and ensuring that they have the tools to be thoughtful and knowledgeable horse people.

Emma believes confidence is key and is excited to help every Maplewood rider build a strong relationship with their horse!

Jess Dowling



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



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


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

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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