Steve, a native of Montgomery County, joined the Madison Fields team in 2016. His 25 years experience as an Executive Chef during which he planned, managed, and executed thousands of corporate retreats, weddings, and intimate social gatherings has provided him with a unique skillset that he now applies as Farm Manager.
In order to devote more time to his family, Steve decided it was time for a change and pursued one of his other passions: working with his hands outdoors. He quickly recognized the importance of the Foundation’s mission and is excited to bring his ample experience working with people of all abilities to the farm. Steve has a strong desire to learn and improve and firmly believes that everyone should be given the opportunity to be included in the workplace.
With his culinary roots, extensive catering background and event planning experience, Steve envisions Madison Fields becoming a destination for educational and entertaining farm-to-table style events, utilizing locally grown and sustainably harvested products from Madison Fields and surrounding farms.
“It’s very rare that you get an opportunity to work with such amazing, talented and dedicated individuals, but to be able to do it in such a beautiful setting like Madison Fields is truly a blessing.”
Jess has over 17 years of experience working with horses. Her family owns and operates a boarding facility located in Mt. Airy, MD where she grew up caring for horses, and learning the business. While in college, Jess participated in the Equestrian Team and volunteered with a local horse rescue. During the summers, she managed a facility in Frederick, MD, where she cared for 25 horses, managed their summer lesson and camp program, and taught beginner lessons.
After Jess graduated from Salisbury University in 2013, she began a career in sales, but ultimately decided to return to her original passion and join the Madison Fields Team in 2017. She is currently working on her Equine Specialist in Mental Health Learning Certification through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.
“This is one of the most rewarding industries, and jobs, I will ever have. I am truly blessed to be able to share my passion, and love of horses with this community.”
Maggie has been in the equestrian field for over 16 years. She’s had an active career in all aspects of the horse industry. She is an HB in Pony Club and is currently studying to graduate as an HA.
Maggie was first introduced to Therapeutic Riding in 2012 at Madison Fields (formerly Field of Dreams), and after 3 years of volunteering in lessons she decided to pursue her own career in the industry, attending High Hopes’ Instructor Training Course in Old Lyme, CT.
Maggie finished at High Hopes in 2015 as a PATH International Registered Instructor and went on to become an instructor at Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center in Aldie, VA. After 3 years of instructing at Sprout, Maggie decided to come back to the place where it all started and joined the Madison Fields Team as Head Instructor.
“Horses had a healing impact on me growing up. I love being able to share their power with more people everyday.”
With 11 years of horse experience, Alaina began working at Madison Fields in 2016. She rode and worked in the US and overseas bringing a wide variety of horse knowledge. Alaina spends most of her time in the barn insuring excellent care of our horses, assisting with the therapeutic riding program, and planning farm activities.
“My job is amazing. I feel accepted, understood, and I love the work.”
Adam has been working with horses for 14 years and has been a member of the Madison Fields team for over two years. He graduated with honors from Meredith Manor in 2009 with a Riding Master Degree and a Certification in Instruction. Adam continues to grow in his own riding career and aspires to show at the Washington International Horse Show.
“Horses have taught me so much about life and myself. They really inspire me to be a better person.”