“Wonderful experience! I was glad to bring my 9-year-old daughter to show her the importance of treating horses well, especially those that have been neglected or mistreated. It was a great lesson in compassion. The horses were gentle and beautiful. The staff was very informative. I love what they are doing for the magnificent animals.”
Lisa Longobardi Lourenco
June 25, 2018
“Visited today with our grandsons. Everyone was so very kind and friendly. The owner even took the time to give special attention to our little ones. We can’t thank them all enough for such a memorable morning.”
Lori Fiscaletti Gandiosi
April 14, 2018
MEET OUR TEAM
Founder and Executive Director
Marisa Striano graduated from Stonehill College with a degree in psychology, with a specialty in trauma. She interned for several developmentally disabled schools, veteran’s hospitals and nursing homes. An avid rider from the age of eight, she competed in riding dressage and worked as a riding instructor at several day camps.
After a few years working in the garment industry, Marisa was in project management for a construction company. Her love of animals led her back to founding the Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation Program in 2010, where she is the current President and Executive Director.
Volunteer Educator & Sunday Tour Guide
Cindy Schmidt, our Volunteer Educator and Sunday Tour Guide, came to us in January of 2016 longing to become involved with horses again.
While living in Colorado and during her career traveling as a corporate executive, Cindy managed to carve out time to enjoy western riding lessons. Her Chestnut Mare, “Sunny” would give her a run for the money on the Colorado foothills but she was a joy to ride and Cindy soon became “hooked on horses”.
Along with her business acumen, Cindy taught Junior Achievement for grades one through four and was on the board of the President’s “School to Career Program” at Castle Rock Colorado High School where she was a guest speaker and mentor to students beginning their search for a career.
Cindy recognizes the natural affinity between horses and children as both are curious, “present in the moment” and nonjudgmental. Her high regard for horses and children makes her a valuable member of our team. She is well suited for sharing her knowledge of our horses during her tours of our farm and by educating our young volunteers about the wonder of horses.