Meet the Staff

Brooke Waldron, Founder, Executive Director, PATH International Instructor

Brooke Waldron is the founder and Executive Director of Sprout. Brooke holds a Bachelors degree in Pre-Veterinary medicine and a Master’s Degree in Education. Brooke is a VA-state licensed teacher and an Advanced Level therapeutic riding instructor through PATH Intl. Brooke believes in the power of horse-human bond and the life-changing aspects of equine therapies. Brooke is a dedicated professional and self-proclaimed “POSSABILITARIAN,” that works to develop the ABILITIES of her students in therapeutic riding and beyond. Brooke is a PATH Intl. Certified Mentor and works to train new industry-leading professionals at Sprout.

Brooke was honored as a “30 Under 30” Top Entrepreneur in Loudoun County and “Woman of Promise” by the University of Delaware for her leadership skills and innovation.

Nancy Davidson, Volunteer Coordinator

Nancy is a life-long rider and has been a certified riding instructor for over 14 years teaching hunt-seat equitation to emerging riders. She graduated from Sweet Briar College in 1982 majoring in religion. In 2009 Nancy received a Master in Theological Studies from Virginia Theological Seminary. Nancy completed an independent study that examined our right relationship with animals. She is thrilled to be a part of an organization that helps riders develop a trust relationship with horses through kindness and gentleness. Nancy and her husband Mike have been married for nearly 30 years and have three daughters.

Sarah Coble, Barn Manager

Sarah is a lifelong horse lover with a background in Hunter Jumper, Eventing and training off the track “race horses. She has been working in the horse industry for over 15 years managing barns in Virginia and Kentucky, and loves her job at Sprout keeping her horse pals happy and healthy. When she is not at the barn, Sarah is usually riding her own horse, an OTTB eventer who likes to remind Sarah he is much smarter than she is. Riding is her first love, but Sarah also enjoys running and triathlons and has worked as a Sports Massage therapist for a number of years. She plans to pursue certification as an Equine Massage therapist in 2015 as part of her mission to care for the therapy horses who care for so many Sprout riders.

Anna Koopman – PATH International Instructor

An avid equestrian her entire life, Anna Koopman brings a well-rounded competition-oriented background to the Therapeutic Driving Program at Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center. As a child she participated in 4-H and Pony Club; competed in eventing and hunters; and was on the Equitation Team at Mount Holyoke College. After college her competition focus has been on Combined Driving and is part of Team Koopman. Since 2003 they have traveled extensively competing in events from Florida to Canada.

In 2010, Anna’s father, Bob Koopman was named as an alternate to the USEF Combined Driving Singles Team. They competed at the World Championships in Patroni del Vivaro, Italy with their Morgan, Whippoorwill’s Keep Dancing (Dancer). In 2011 they traded spots on the carriage and Anna took the reins competing successfully at the Intermediate level. As a way of giving back to the community Anna has recently become certified to teach Therapeutic Driving after being involved with Sprout for a number of years.

Susan Schmieg, PATH International Instructor, American Hippotherapy Association Instructor

Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center offers equine movement therapy under the direction of Susan Schmieg, PT, DPT.  Sue has been involved with equine related therapies since 1977 at a number of facilities in Virginia and California.  Sue received her BSPT from the Medical College of Virginia and her DPT from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She is currently licensed in Virginia and has treated patients from neonates through geriatrics in all hospital settings as well as in-home and outpatient settings and was the director of a sub acute neuro rehabilitation unit while in California.  Sue recently completed the required training under the American Hippotherapy Association and Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship, International for therapists using equine movement as a treatment protocol.

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