There are some talented people who passionately run our little organization. Get to know the folks who make HorseSense possible.


Samantha Hall

Executive Director

Sammi joined the HorseSense team January 2018. She comes to HorseSense with a vast knowledge of fundraising and public relations, having worked as the Community Outreach Coordinator at the Coulee Region Humane Society and a News Reporter for both the La Crosse Tribune and Winona Daily News. Sammi earned her Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from Winona State University where she studied Journalism as her major and Spanish as her minor. The wife of an Army combat Veteran, Sammi cares deeply about our country’s military and giving back our servicemen and women. She is passionate about animal welfare and ethics, and believes wholeheartedly in the benefits of animal-assisted therapy for all walks of life.


Ashley Adams

Program manager

Ashley has been involved with HorseSense since Fall 2012. She started off with an internship which then lead to her volunteering with the program as much as possible. After graduating from Viterbo with a degree in Biopsychology in 2014, she accepted the available Volunteer Coordinator position and has worked her way up to now our Program Manager. Ashley has had a passion for horses since she was little, and has been taking lessons again to improve her riding skills and knowledge. She has to thank the HorseSense staff for teaching her everything and anything over the past couple of years! She also loves working and interacting with the volunteers, parents and especially the riders. Ashley became a PATH certified instructor in the spring of 2017.


Christy Lowell

Operations Manager

Christy has been a part of HorseSense since March of 2016. She has always loved horses and began taking lessons and showing when she was in her teens. While attending college, Christy was a part of the UW-L Equestrian Team and competed in IHSA competitions. She qualified for Regional and Zone finals as an undergraduate and as an alumni rider. Christy also teaches riding lessons at a local stable in La Crosse and has been the coach of the UW-L Equestrian team since 2014. She enjoys all aspects of horses including the daily care, training, riding, teaching and showing. Christy has her Bachelor's degree in Social Work with a minor in Gerontology from Viterbo University.


Gabriel Hall

VeteranS Program COORDINATOR

The most recent addition to the team, Gabriel came to HorseSense in 2018 after serving eight years in the US Army & four years in financial education. In addition to his military service, Gabriel has worked as a security contractor in the Middle East. He’s established several successful veteran-centric programs that have helped Veterans transfer and translate their skillsets and experiences into civilian settings. Being intimately familiar with the physical and psychological wounds that combat leaves on those it touches, he is pursuing a Bachelor’s in Psychology at UW-L to help veterans heal from the trauma of war.

Our Instructors

Rachel Vik

Rachel started riding horses when she was only eight years old.  She has been teaching riding lessons for over four years.  In May 2012 she graduated from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse with a degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Rachel is happy to be able to combine her love of horses and share the joy of riding with people of all abilities!

Brooklynn Scholze

Brooklynn has been involved with horses throughout her life and enjoys her time in the arena with Horse Sense as both an PATH Intl. Registered Level Instructor and mentor.  Brooklynn has a diverse equestrian background ranging from barrel racing and hunter jumper, to saddle seat and dressage as well as showing in the Natl. Arabian horse circuit.


Elizabeth Micheel

Liz has been involved with horses since she was very young.  Her childhood horse, “Barry” was one of the horses used in first session back in 1989!  Returning to the organization some 20 years later, she now enjoys teaching lessons as a certified PATH instructor. Liz has a Master’s degree in Biology with a Physiology emphasis and she is very passionate about riding with a mind toward the anatomy and biomechanics of both horse and rider. 

Sloan Komissarov

Sloan has been working with HorseSense since spring of 2011 and became a PATH Riding Instructor in 2013.  Sloan has been riding horses throughout her life and taught summer riding lessons for 5 years before joining HorseSense. She enjoys sharing her love of horses through her teaching at HorseSense. In addition to horsemanship, Sloan also has a professional background in art history and librarianship.

Our Barn Cats

Named after where they were found, these adorable feline friends help around the farm and love meeting our riders and their families!

Basement   The Social Butterfly.

The Social Butterfly.

Attic   Spunky and fun!

Spunky and fun!

Cellar   Our expert mouser.

Our expert mouser.

Our Board of Directors

Marlis O'Brien

Vice President

Heather Millis

Board President

Glen Danielson

Board Treasurer

Mickell Wilcenski

Board Secretary

Shawn Sackman

Board Member

Dan Howes

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