After a long career in senior management positions and consulting in the health care industry, Sara joined NCMT as Executive Director. She combines her years of experience in operations and finance, her extensive knowledge and work in the public health care sector, non-profit world and her love of horses to bring a unique dynamic to New Canaan Mounted Troop. Sara graduated with a BSN from Georgetown University where she has been on the Board of Advisor’s for the School of Nursing and Health Studies since 2006. She received a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, Mailman School, where she remains an active alumnus. As Administrator of Maternal Child Health at Columbia University College of Physician & Surgeons, Sara set up physician practices in New York City, Westchester and New Jersey. She worked in the Caribbean to develop educational materials with the support of a Pew Charitable Trust Grant. She is a past board member of the Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk and lives in Norwalk and New York City.
Born in San Diego, CA., Amanda Boyer grew up at the barn where her mother owned a riding school. She spent her junior years showing up and down the West Coast and Spruce Meadows in Calgary Alberta, Canada. Amanda competed in the Big Eq, Junior Hunter and Junior Jumper divisions and spent that time “catch riding” for Susan Hutchison and other well known local trainers.
Amanda graduated high school at age 16 so she could spend more time showing her last 2 junior years before turning professional. She earned credits by taking classes at a local junior college as well as ‘0’ period classes (class before school started in the morning) to complete high school early.
Amanda has been a professional, both teaching and riding, for the past 20 years. She moved to Connecticut in 2012. Before coming to New Canaan Mounted Troop, she worked at a couple of local show barns as well as for US gold medalist Leslie Howard. Amanda began teaching at NCMT in 2015 temporarily covering vacations and became a permanent instructor in 2017.
Since joining NCMT in 2005, Anne brings over twenty years of riding and equine management experience. She works to ensure that the horses and ponies of Troop are happy, healthy and ready to teach the Troopers on a daily basis. Anne takes pride in developing individualized feeding and care programs for our diverse herd of horses. In addition, she works with the cadets to teach them barn management and equine care skills, involving the cadets at all levels for an enriched experience. Anne holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut.
Therapeutic Program Director
Caroleigh Evarts has been involved with Super Troopers since the Spring of 2013 when she started volunteering. Soon after, Caroleigh worked as a volunteer coordinator and in 2015, she became the program director. Caroleigh is a PATH CTRI instructor and PATH Certified Mentor. Caroleigh brings a lifetime of experience working with horses and people with special needs.
For more information about Super Trooper programs, evaluations, schedules, and fees, contact Caroleigh either by email or phone.
Administrative Assistant and Fundraising Coordinator
Introduced to horses at a young age, Claudia King has been riding horses since she was four years old. Her mother rode and showed horses, while her uncle raised them. She spent most of her time around the horses at Gladewinds farm in Miami, Florida, which is a barn with a very similar environment to New Canaan Mounted Troop. She rode and showed several horses which took her to win several Florida Hunter Jumper Association (FHJA) and American Saddlebred Horse Association (AHSA) state championships in equitation and the hunter division, including the United States Equestrian Team (USET) finals. Outside of her work at NCMT, Claudia is also an artist, she loves to paint, work with clay, and take photographs.
Horse Care Professional
Fredi came to NCMT in 2010, bringing many years of experience in horse care and maintenance. He has worked extensively at top competitive show barns in Fairfield and Westchester Counties, where he was in charge of the health and appearance of “A” circuit horses and ponies. Fredi works with Anne, Francisco and the rest of the staff to ensure that all of the horses and ponies at NCMT are well cared for and receive appropriate turnout time. Fredi also helps train horses to have excellent ground manners which ensures the safest possible environment at NCMT.
Therapeutic Program Coordinator
Emma Merrill began riding horses when she was four years old, and began riding at New Canaan Mounted Troop at seven. She also began barrel racing at this time. She stopped her riding at NCMT when she was fifteen to go to boarding school, but returned at twenty years old to begin working part-time. During this time, she worked as a mentor for the Equine Care Program, while going to school at Fordham in New York. In summer 2022, she assumed a position as a Super Troopers Program Coordinator and Instructor. Her horse, Stash, lives at NCMT, and is one of the horses in our horsemanship program.
Director of Volunteers, Community Outreach and Special Projects
Equine Care Mentor
Horsemanship and Therapeutic Instructor, IEA Coach
Horsemanship Instructor, Equine Care Mentor, IEA Coach
Facilities and Horse Care
Board of Directors: Executive Committee
Board of Directors: Members
Taylor Anne Crane
Sara Tucker, Executive Director Ex Officio
Board of Directors: Advisors
Dr. Margaret Reed