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The MVRU Team

We are lucky to have a team of dedicated staff members, board members, and volunteers.

“Working with horses and people at MVRU is rewarding, fulfilling, and a whole lot of fun!”

Erin EttengerVolunteer
Program Director, Head Instructor/Trainer, PATH Certified Instructor

Annie Budiselich

Annie B founded MVRU in 1994 when she saw a need for a therapeutic riding center in the community. She has been riding horses for 50 years and brings to MVRU over 30 years of experience teaching humans how to develop safe, fair, and pleasurable relationships with horses through their pursuit of pleasure, companionship and sport.

Annie has been a CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) Master Instructor and Assistant Clinic Instructor for over 10 years and has been a PATH International Registered Instructor for 20+. She is a member of the US Eventing Association and Equestrian’s Institute as well as being CPR, First Aid and AED certified and SafeSport trained.

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Interim Executive Director

Olga Surmacheva

Olga Bio

Assistant Instructor, Pony Trainer

Pippa Smith

Assistant Instructor, Pony Trainer

Macey Crum

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Assistant Instructor, Pony Trainer

Clover Thrasher

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