Director of Adaptive Riding & Barn Manager
Amanda Johnson is one of our awesome therapeutic riding instructors as well as the Leaps Ranch Barn Manager! Amanda is a PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, with a passion for sharing her knowledge with children and helping all riders pursue their equestrian goals. She is a graduate of Colorado State University with a BS in Equine Science and has ridden both Western and Dressage since a young age. Leaps is proud to have Amanda on our TR team that is growing by Leaps & Bounds! Amanda loves teaching all of our riders horsemanship skills and helping them work on their balance, postural control, strength, motor planning, sequencing, and social skills. We are lucky to have Amanda as a part of our Leaps Family!
Adaptive Riding Instructor
Jo Flores is an Adaptive Riding instructor certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International. Crazy about animals from childhood, she completed her Bachelors of Science in Zoology at Cal Poly Pomona. She taught science for over 20 years, and then returned to school at Loma Linda University, earning a certification as a Child Life Specialist. She has experience working with children and adults in a variety of contexts: hospitals, classrooms, camps, equine facilitated mental health programs, and therapeutic riding centers. She is an advocate for animal assisted therapies and supports utilizing the human-animal bond to facilitate health and well-being. Her goal is to continue studies in equine and canine communication in order to enhance therapeutic relationships with our animal partners. She is excited to be part of the Leaps & Bounds team.
Jo is a wife, mother, and “Nana”. She loves being out on the trails with her horse, Coda, and three Australian Shepherds, Sheela, Sydney, and Jake (therapy dog in training). When she isn’t riding her horse, she is riding her bicycle!
Cody is our awesome Ranch Hand. He started working at Leaps end of February. He takes care off all the horses and animals at the Leaps ranch and assists in keeping the ranch tidy and in good working order for all to enjoy. Cody grew up in Norco and has always had a passion for animals and horses. He became an Eagle Scout in 2007 and was very involved in FFA. He has an associates degree in Farrier science from Northwest college in Wyoming and WWCC in Washington. His favorite thing about his job at Leaps is the positive atmosphere he gets to be surrounded by everyday. His favorite horse is Mocha. In his free time he is a black smith, enjoys hiking, riding horses, and the art of horse shoeing and curling. We are very lucky to have Cody apart of our ranch team. Our herd of therapy horses are very thankful for all of his hard work.
Megan Baker became a volunteer with Leaps & Bounds a short month after we opened. After volunteering for a few months she became a horse handler at Leaps & Bounds and has been with the program for well over three years. Now she is our lead horse handler that assists with duties of the barn manager and guides the other horse handlers to be the best that they can be in handling the horses. She graduated from Norco High School in 2008 and is currently attending Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut California. She is enrolled in the animal science program and studying to become a large animal veterinarian. She will graduate and transfer with in the year with two Associates in science degrees, one in horse ranch management and the other in animal science. Among these degrees she will also have certificates in horse ranch management and animal science. She will be transferring to California State University of Fresno to obtain her Bachelor’s in Animal science . Megan has grown up with horses since she was four and enjoys riding with her best friends, coworkers, and parents all over the trails of Norco and beyond. Megan is active in the Norco Horseman’s Association and volunteers regularly at community events to support the equestrian lifestyle in our community. She also works with many other horses, some include the broodmares of Spear Head Cattle Company and Quarter horse racing babies that come in and out of Spartan 300. Megan enjoys teaching young children of all ability levels how to ride and has done so at many different summer camps over the years. She has a natural ability to adapt the setting to promote independence, for our children with disabilities. She looks forward to meeting your children and watching them grow with leaps and bounds.
Horse Handler/Billing Assistant
Clara started with horses at the age of 7 and never looked back, riding and competing on the Arabian horse circuit. Clara graduated from UC Riverside in 2013 with a BA in English, with a passion to teach children and help kids through animal therapies after watching all the joy that it brought her little brother. When Leaps & Bounds moved to the new campus it was a match made in heaven; kids and horses. After several months of volunteering she joined the ranch team in August 2016. Clara has goals of being a certified PATH teacher. Clara can be found out at the ranch or in the office!
Katelyn started volunteering at Leaps after being a rider at Leaps, she quickly fell in love with horses and grew in her skills to become a horse handler. Her favorite thing about working at Leaps is being able to see growth in kids and to be able to work with the horses and get to know each of their personalities. Her favorite horse to handle is Rusty. In her free time she spends time with family and friends. She plans on going to go to school later this year to get a degree in Dental Hygiene.