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Instructors and Staff

Harry Swimmer

Founder / PATH Certified Instructor

Pictured here with his wife and Mitey Riders co-founder Marilyn Swimmer, Harry started Misty Meadows Mitey Riders over 20 years ago.  His family’’s love of horses, a philanthropic spirit, and a curiosity about life’s next ventures, turned out to be the fate-filled formula that triggered Harry to investigate therapeutic riding programs. But it was witnessing the transformation when placing a friend’s seven year old disabled daughter onto a horse that propelled the Swimmers to convert their family farm into Mitey Riders. After a successful insurance career, Harry returned to his alma mater, Penn State, to undergo training in therapeutic riding. He also served on PATH Intl’s (previously named NARHA) national board as VP for 6 years.

Joy Simon

Program Director / PATH Certified Instructor

Joy Simon, the program director of Mitey Riders for all sixteen years, was born and raised in Charlotte where she developed her background in education as well as veterinary and horsemanship. Her special bond with the riders and unending enthusiasm is apparent to all those around her. Joy continues to be the driving force in the operations, creativity and therapeutic results of the Misty Meadows Mitey Riders program.
Pam Perez

Pam Perez

Volunteer Coordinator, Program Admin. Assistant

Sam Antonio

Sam Antonio

Tack Coordinator, Barn Assistant

Lisa O'Connell

Lisa O'Connell

Program Administrator / PATH Certified Instructor

Marth Branden

Marth Branden

Tack Coordinator

Morgan Helms

Morgan Helms

PATH Certified Instructor

Jeff Calabrese

Jeff Calabrese

Tack Coordinator

Gabby Duncan

Gabby Duncan

Program Assistant, Instructor-In-Training