Connect With Our Staff
Amy has been involved with horses for many years. She has been a 4H Horse Club leader and instructor,
served on many 4H committees as well as being the 4H Horse Fair superintendent for 2 years
in Washington County, before moving to Lincoln County in 1996.
She started with Bright Horizons as a volunteer in 2009 and then after retiring from her job,
she accepted the Executive Director position in 2011. She enjoys working with the riders
and horses at Bright Horizons and in her spare time enjoys horse camping and trail riding.
Program Director / Head Instructor
Marla Bowman is our Program Director/Head Instructor.
Marla became involved in the Equine assisted activities and therapies industry over 20 years ago as a volunteer at a local therapeutic riding center in the Sacramento, California area. She has expanded her knowledge and skills over the years, completing her PATH, Intl. Certifications in the follow areas: Advanced Level Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Interactive Vaulting Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, and Registered Level Instructor Mentor.
Marla enjoys helping people with special needs improve their lives physically, cognitively, and emotionally through therapeutic riding and horsemanship activities.
Erin is a Therapeutic Riding Instructor.
Erin has always loved horses, and grew up in the Willamette Valley learning more about equines through Pony Club and competing in Eventing. Erin began volunteering at Bright Horizons in 2010 when she moved to Newport, and completed her PATH, Intl. certification as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor in 2017.
She enjoys the opportunity to help people through equine assisted activities and therapies, and is so grateful to be able to combine her personal equine knowledge with the teaching techniques she has learned through PATH Intl.
Denise Austin, one of our long time volunteers, is Bright Horizon's Volunteer Coordinator!
Denise is your point of contact for volunteer opportunities,
and if you need to change or cancel your scheduled volunteer times.