Wendy Gast
Program and Equine Coordinator / PATH International Certified Instructor


I was a founding Board Member (2012) of Talisman Therapeutic Riding and donated the first horse of their herd “Zachary”. On April 1st 2016, I joined the TTR team and am currently the Program & Equine Coordinator and a PATH International Certified Instructor.  I previously worked for a publically traded company in the accounting and finance department and resigned to become more operationally involved with Talisman Therapeutic Riding. After witnessing the results of their incredible mission, as a Board of Directors member, I knew what I wanted to do for the rest of my working career! I bring with me over 40 years of equine experience. I have been a current member of Wicomico Hunt Club, since 1996, and have earned my honorary designation of “colors” from WHC. I enjoy the ability to work across the organization, utilizing my Equine and Corporate experience and my deep understanding of the “Vision of Talisman Therapeutic Riding” as a former Board member.

Anne L. Joyner
Founder / CEO


“The opening of Talisman Therapeutic Riding is the highlight of my career. It is the culmination of my love for horses, interest in health and healing, and passion for charitable work. I cherish the years of working with phenomenal professionals in the private sector, non-profit and public sectors for influencing my direction. My goal is sustainability and continued growth for Talisman's equine assisted activities and learning programs.
Join us as volunteers, donors or riders and, "Let the Journey begin...

Rachel Sallerson
Barn Assistant


Bio to come

Rick Strittmater
Design / Marketing


“There are experiences in our lives that are quite irreplaceable. Places and events that are priceless in what they achieve towards the common good of everyone. This unique place, Talisman Therapeutic Riding, is one of
those places.

I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to share in Talisman’s growth and success; to interact with an amazing staff; to be a part of the TTR horse and rider experience.”

Jacob Auman
Barn Helper


Bio to come

Kelsey Hyneman
PATH International Certified Instructor


Hello, my name is Kelsey Hyneman. I was in the Pony Club and have been riding horses my entire life. I am a certified PATH International Instructor. I absolutely love to teach our special riders. I love to learn more about horses . The barn atmosphere and the TTR Team I work with are awesome, including the horses. I own two horses of my own and the pony in the picture. I am a life long equestrian. My speciality is Heroes on Horses. Go Military!

TTR Staff

Vali Galasso
Barn Manager / PATH International Certified Instructor


My name is Valentine Galasso, but most call me Vali. I have always been a rider, as a child in Tunisia on a donkey, a teenager in Thailand at the Royal Polo Club, Three Day Eventing in Northern Virginia,  galloping down the manor lane with a friend while attending college,  to having a foal born in my barn. That foal is now 21 years old his name is “Kapitan”, the big guy looking over my shoulder. I knew Talisman was my destination when I started as a volunteer here several years ago.  I get my therapy just being on this lovely farm and caring for our wonderful horses and the beautiful old barn, not to mention the smiling faces of our riders. The free spirit of the horses and their understanding and connecting to our feelings make them the best friends to have. I think we have a great team of professionals, staff, and volunteers here at Talisman and I’m proud to have the privilege of working with them. Each day offers a new beginning.

Katelyn E. Zecchin
Office Manager & Event Planner


As a native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore, I appreciate the peaceful surroundings of the Chesapeake Bay and the native wildlife. I deeply appreciate the rural attributes  and small town qualities of the region.
I am privileged to have grown up in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland and value experiences like learning how to catch a blue crab, fishing, boating and spending days exploring and learning our historic towns. At 10 years old, my parents signed me up to learn horseback riding. It was such a therapeutic joy! Throughout my childhood years, I was an athlete in lacrosse and field hockey leading up to the collegiate level. After receiving my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Communications at Salisbury University, I expressed interest in a career that would allow me to utilize my communication skills along with a heart & soul to help others. Talisman Therapeutic Riding, Inc. has provided me with that exact opportunity.


Chelsea Raithby

Volunteer Coordinator

I have always enjoyed being outside and working with animals.  At Talisman I have been able to combine that by working with people in need.  It is wonderful to see the magic this farm offers for its riders, as well as its workers.  Come check it out for yourself! Consider becoming a TTR Volunteer today and "Let the Journey Begin ..." Please contact me with any questions or interests:  Chelsea@talismantherapeuticriding.org