Meet the Owners: 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".

Rivendell Farm is a lifelong dream for Lisa. Riding, working and loving 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 ale bodied alike that serves as the guiding hand for our mission. An open heart and a willing spirit is all that she asks of the riders. The rest will happen on its own.

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Our Team

Jenn Thompson
Kindra Samuelson Faucher
Riding Instructor

Kindra has been involved at Rivendell Farm for over twelve years and has shared her love and knowledge of horses with everyone she meets. Kindra has shown successfully in CHSA, CHJA, M&S, NEHC and also rode for the Rivendell Farm IEA team.

Kindra is passionate about horses and her riders. She has such a kind nature, that is evident when you meet her. Kindra focuses on building confidence with children and adults starting at the ground level. She is patient and always focuses on the positive results her students achieve. Kindra is just as happy teaching and working with horses even when it doesn’t involve riding. “There so much we can learn from a horses behavior, once we have a greater understanding of what the horse is thinking, we can help our students with horsemanship, not just horseback riding.

Nikki Ventresca Bogaert
Nikki Ventresca Bogaert
Riding Instructor

Nikki’s love for horses started when she began riding at the age of seven. Since then it has been her mission to make her passion for horses and the equestrian sport an essential part of her lifestyle. She enjoys spending her time caring for the horses and teaching her students the importance of practicing good horsemanship skills. Nikki has had a very successful and accomplished career showing in Hunters, Jumpers, and Equitation.

Nikki graduated from Centenary University of New Jersey in May of 2016 where she rode competitively on both the IHSA and Hunter/Jumper Team. Upon her graduation she worked at Fairfield County Hunt Club where she played an integral role in developing their lesson program. She has experience teaching and working with a range of students from beginners to adults. Working with horses of all abilities, Nikki has the unique talent of being able to get the best performance from her clients horses.

Her charismatic energy encourages riders to learn and perform at their best in a constructive atmosphere.

Nikki has had success in helping riders qualify and compete at state and regional level horse shows that are recognized by CHJA, M&S, NEHC, USEF/USHJA.

On a personal level, Nikki rode and boarded her pony at Rivendell Farm when the doors first opened 17 years ago! Nikki was a volunteer for many years with our therapeutic riding program. Welcome Home Nikki!

Staff Bri
Brianna Muscio
Riding Instructor

Bri started working at Rivendell Farm when she was ten years old. She was a determined young girl with a mission; to make horses a big part of her life. She briefly rode Western before deciding to pursue her career in the Hunters, Jumpers, and Equitation. She has competed in all three happily and successfully. Bri is currently training her horse Elmo for the Hunter/Jumpers but still enjoys going back to her roots and riding Western.

Bri enjoys teaching all ages and disciplines and is happy teaching new riders as well as experienced riders, and everyone in between. Her teaching method revolves around having a strong base in the core concepts of riding so that the rider always feels secure and safe. She strives to get her riders to focus on the quality of their riding, rather than how long they are riding, or how many times they repeat an exercise. Combining all of that, she always wants her students to enjoy riding while still being successful both in the show ring and out. Bri is also a current member of USEF and USHJA.

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