Our Humans

Sam Thorpe

Founder & Director

Sam has always had a deep love for horses. She grew up riding and helping care for the horses on her aunt and uncle's farms. As a teen she struggled with her own mental health and found peace in the barn. Her empathy and compassion for those struggling to find their own place in this world are what drove her to start Equi Evolution. Sam lives in Southeastern MA with her husband, 3 children, and 2 fur babies. She has a BSBA from Bryant University, where she studied Business and Psychology and has taken coursework in Equine Studies at Johnson & Wales University. She is certified in Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) through The HERD Institute and has over 20 years of experience coaching and helping build the confidence and self-esteem of youth in her community. She also volunteers at Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center in Rehoboth, MA where she works with children facing developmental delays, and is working towards her PATH International certification as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning.

Emily Pammett

Facilitator

As a lifelong equestrian, Emily has incorporated her love of horses into every stage of her life. She grew up riding any discipline anyone would teach her, working as a 'barn rat' in exchange for lessons, board, and just extra time with the horses. Taking a special interest in horses that others had given up on, she aimed to earn horses' trust so that the barn she loved felt as safe for them as it did for her. During college, Emily rode for the varsity athletic Roger Williams University Equestrian Team, and volunteered as a therapeutic riding instructor. Carrying that with her into graduate school, she taught horseback riding lessons to all levels of riders, including students with developmental delays, while earning her MSc in Psychology. She is working on becoming certified in Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) through the HERD institute. 

Kathie Silvia

Facilitator

Kathie is a  LMHC with more than 20 years of personal horse experience. First drawn to horses by her love of the rodeo, her interests then led her to explore centered riding, natural horsemanship and more recently, the growth and learning that humans can experience when relating to horses mindfully. As a therapist in a community mental health facility, Kathie works with a variety of diagnoses and populations, predominantly from a person centered approach; though she also utilizes techniques from mindfulness based CBT, DBT, ACT and motivation interviewing. Kathie graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, with a Masters in Clinical Psychology, and is a graduate of UMASS Medical Schools’ Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as well as being a certified riding instructor.

John Frost

Owner & Manager of Remembrance Hill Farm

John, and his wife Sue, began Remembrance Hill Farm in 1998. As John discovered his love for horses and driving, he launched Remembrance Hill Carriages to offer horse-drawn carriage rides for weddings, parades, and other events. John manages the care of all the animals and facilities at the farm and has generously allowed Equi Evolution to make this magical place our home. John and Sue are the most gracious and kind people you will ever meet in your life and they love to share stories and knowledge about our beloved horses. When you see them around the farm be sure to say hello! 

Our Horses

Chase

Drifter

Mr. B

Snowy

Action

Graycie

Vinnie

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