As we start our 7th year (our season runs March - November) we are looking forward to meeting new riders, sharing the growth of our existing riders and continuing to serve our neighbors in the Lake Oswego, West Linn and Wilsonville communities.
As a non-profit organization we rely on the kindness and donations from those of you in our community. Each year we have a variety of fund raising events that allow Happy Trails to continue to grow our riding program, our summer camps and maintain our facility and care for our horses. We hope you will be able to participate in these event. As Helen Keller said, "Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much." We look forward to your commitment to our program through riding, volunteering or donating.
Nicole Budden, Executive Director
Nicole Budden - Founder, Executive Director and Instructor. Nicole wears many hats around Happy Trails and wears them well. Sh
e has ridden horses most of her life and after working for several special needs riding programs on the West coast, Nicole founded Happy Trails Riding Center in 2006. Nicole is a certified riding instructor with PATH, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship and CHA, Certified Horsemanship Association. Nicole rides horses as often as she can and loves to team pen, trail ride and is a member of the Clackamas County Sheriff's posse.
Ellen van Nood, Instructor - is a wonderful addition to the Happy Trails team. Ellen is a certified riding instructor with PATH, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, and EAGALA which uses equine therapy to address emotional and human development needs. Ellen has worked as a riding instructor for many years and enjoys both the trails of backcountry riding as well as working in the arena.
Nate Asby, Assistant Instructor - is a great help in our lessons. He has completed a CHA Instructor Clinic. Nate is a horse owner, he shows dressage and enjoys trail riding. Nate is an inspiration and great role model for our riders.
John Burrow, Board Member - is a natural fit here at Happy Trails as a long time resident of Lake Oswego. John has spent his career as an investment advisor and brings a strong sense of "yes we can" to our board.
Kevin Chong, Board Member - Helps Happy Trails with his "Make a great day" attitude. He has taught us that many times the smallest things we do have the biggest impact. Replace “Have a great day” with “Make a great day”. Just this simple change can begin a mental shift to creating the day each of us want.
Liz Leahy, Board Treasurer - when it comes to numbers, this is the lady you want crunching them! With a degree in accounting and years experience book keeping for various businesses as well as preparing taxes, Liz is a perfect fit as Treasurer of the Board for Happy Trails. Liz is also our resident Master Gardener and tends to the chickens.
Mike Leahy, Board Chair - our "whatever you need done, I can do" guy. Mike is currently Visiting Associate Professor of Health Sciences at Linfield College and a Clinical Instructor in Family Medicine at OHSU. Mike grew up on the East coast and has both an MBA and PHSM from Harvard. Mike's previous positions have been CEO of OCHIN, Vice President and Health Plan Manager for Kaiser and CEO for Primera Health. These experiences make Mike well qualified for redistributing the horse manure at Happy Trails.
Sandi Siler, Board Member - is a fine art painter with a whimsical style. Her subjects range from fruit and vegetables to flowers to guitars, wine, friends, cats, and fish. She is also a sculptor. When Sandi isn't in her gallery in the pearl district of Portland, or traveling to sunny places, she can be found helping riders at Happy Trails with her creative style.