Our Staff


Meet the Owners

Rivendell Farm - Lisa Passavant

Lisa & Roger Passavant
Roger's commitment to Rivendell Farm is evident in everything he does. Responsible for the entire property as well as individualized horse care, his meticulous attention to every detail and knowledge of property maintenance create the magical beauty that is "Rivendell Farm".

Tending to the rolling lawns, grass pastures, and riding arena's are secondary only to the care he gives each horse and attention he gives to each person. Loved by the "kids" and respected for all who know him, whether he is working on the property, working with the horses, or coaching the local soccer teams, Roger gives 100% to everything he does. His favorite saying; "30 days at Rivendell fixes everything".

Meet the Staff

Jennifer Sisk Thompson- Barn Manager, Head Trainer and Instructor
Jennifer is a pivotal part of Rivendell Farm. She has been riding since she was three years old and won four national titles by age twelve. Jennifer is full of drive and passion for horses as well as the riders she teaches. She previously owned her own horse facility for ten years before coming to Rivendell Farm.

While she excels in many aspects of the horse business, her strong points are in training horses and training her students how to get the most out of their horse. She has the patience and knowledge to teach all ages and all abilities. Jennifer teaches, Hunter/Jumper, English Equitation and Western Pleasure. Jennifer is also a therapeutic riding instructor.

Under her expertise many of her riders have qualified, competed and won in CHSA and CHJA finals. Jennifer is also a current member of CHSA, CHJA and USEF.
Click Here to Watch Jennifer's Video

Lisa Kelly - Instructor
A PATH certified instructor, Lisa’s high energy is contagious and her enthusiasm reaches all the kids under her instruction.  She is patient and confidant teaching young riders the building blocks they need to be become an accomplished rider. She has been riding and working around horses since the age of 10, riding/showing both English and Western. 

Lisa teaches Therapeutic lessons and beginner Western and English, her impressive credentials include:

  • Southern Connecticut University with a BS degree in Human Service/Therapeutic Recreation. 
  • She has worked in the human service field for over 18 years as a  Program Director, a Vocational Coordinator, and a Case Manager, working with both, adults and children with disabilities.
  • A therapeutic instructor for approximately 13 years. 
  • I am a PATH certified instructor and first aide and CPR certified.
Click Here to Watch Lisa Kelly's Video

Be sure to stop by and say, "Hi!" We would all love to meet with you in person!

Rivendell Farm - Jenn riding a horse

Rivendell Farm - Lisa with youth and horse