Abby Claybrook – Associate Director & Instructor
Abby Houchin graduated from Virginia Tech in May of 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and a minor in Equine Science. To supplement her education, Abby interned at a large therapeutic riding program, Healing Strides of Virginia, under the guidance of Carol Young. Abby then obtained her PATH Intl. instructor certification after graduation. She rode for Virginia Tech’s IHSA Hunt Seat team as well as being an NCAA collegiate swimmer.
In 2014, Abby was crowned the Virginia Quarter Horse Congress Queen, and went to Congress to compete against young ladies from other state associations for the All-American Quarter Horse Congress Queen title in October of 2014, placing in the Top Ten. Her platform in this endeavor has allowed her to share her passion for working with people and horses with her community as well as to increase awareness of the benefits of therapeutic riding. Abby has competed all over the Eastern US in western all-around, hunt seat, dressage, 3-day eventing, and ranch riding with her Quarter Horse mares.
Abby joined MANE’s team in February of 2015 as the Volunteer Coordinator, bringing this passion with her. As MANE’s current Associate Director, she is in the perfect place to continue her love of working with people and horses. Abby resides in South Montgomery County with her husband, Colin, dogs and horses.