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

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Jennifer 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.

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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.

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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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Ari Printz
Farm Associate

Ari Prinz has been part of our team for over a decade. Jump starting her career with horses was a first pony who challenged her. She was willing and determined and learned a lot from that experience (as many of us have). She went on to a successful showing career with several other horses she owned over the years, first competing on Rivendell Farms IEA team and moving on to locally rated shows. Ari had great success showing IHSA in Zone 1.

Ari specializes in tailoring her teaching style to accommodate all levels of riders. She is just as happy to teach those who are learning to post to riders wanting to execute an effortless course. She focuses on teaching a correct foundation, heavily focusing on flat work.

In addition to teaching lessons, Ari is also involved in training. Many of our clients rely on her to help bring their horses along and keep them tuned up for the less experienced riders. Her riding style is patience and persistence. She is committed to both horse and riders and enjoys helping others get the most out of their horses.

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