Meet the Owners
Lisa & Roger Passavant
Rivendell Farm is a lifelong dream for Lisa. Riding, working, and showing horses since she was nine years old, Lisa recognizes the bond that develops between children and horses. It is that, coupled with her desire to let the magic of horses reach into the hearts of all, challenged and able bodied alike which serves as the guiding hand for our mission.
An open heart and a willing spirit are all she asks of the riders. The rest will happen on its own.
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 - 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.
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.
Becca has been riding and working with horses since she was 5 years old. She started riding English, and was showing by the age of 7. She transferred to Western and has loved it ever since. She continues to improve both English and Western riding skills. Becca has been volunteering with the Therapeutic program here for almost 9 years and is in the process of becoming PATH certified. She teaches both English beginner lessons and Western lessons though her favorite is teaching the therapeutic lessons as she loves the special bond that happens between children and horses.
Becca is currently a fulltime college student at the University of New Haven in the field of psychology. She is hoping to combine her love of horses and interest in psychology to help more people in the future. Becca was involved in the Connecticut 4-H program, CQHA, and is a lifetime AQHA member. She is also first aid and CPR certified.
Whitnee began riding at the age of 6 and has been passionately involved ever since. She has her Bachelors degree in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut. While in college she was actively involved with the UConn Morgan Drill Team, the IHSA Western Team, and the equine reproduction program. She also worked as an Equine Veterinary Technician during her final two years of school.
Whitnee's main focus is western pleasure and hunter under saddle. She focuses on building her riders confidence and keeping lessons an enjoyable experience as they learn to get the most from their ride.