Board of Directors
Lynn and her Husband Jon own and operate, Brookside Farm, a small dressage farm in Fuquay Varina, NC. Lynn has been on the NCDCTA board for many years. Lynn rides her 16 year old Dutch warmblood Wicarla. In her professional life she worked in HR for a Fortune 500 company.
Helen Ingersoll is an educator of both horses and humans based out of Cedar Grove, NC. She comes to the board with a 25 year career in entrepreneurship and well over a decade of non profit experience. She is excited to take this experience and help serve the NCDCTA organization and its membership.
Originally from Asheville, NC, Heather lives in Durham, NC with her husband, Will, and their two daughters. Heather is owner of her oldest daughter’s 6-year-old gelding and enthusiastic supporter of both girls’ passions for dressage and eventing. Heather works as Vice President of Human Resources for a global software company headquartered in Morrisville, NC, where she leads talent acquisition, performance management and global HR strategy. Prior to her current role with a software firm, she held leadership positions in both pharmaceutical and medical device companies. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. As Treasurer, Heather is excited to work with the NCDCTA Board to add value and serve all current and future members.
Tonya Bruno lives in Hillsborough, NC with her Husband Ralph and her 5 Homebred Foundation Morgans on their Felicity Farm. Tonya is an AA Dressage Competitor and lifelong learner. Before retiring to be a full time Farm Worker, Tonya worked in a variety of Sales and Marketing senior roles in the Building Materials Industry. She served on the Boards of the National Association of Remodeling Industry, Washington, DC (Past President), the Morgan Dressage Association and Cornerstone Foundation Morgan Horses.
Member at Large
Charlotte Meli currently resides in Raleigh, NC with her husband Taylor. She is an AA dressage rider currently training with Susie Wiedman of Encore Sporthorse with the goal of achieving her USDF Bronze Medal. Charlotte currently teaches in the Animal Science Department at North Carolina State University, where she earned her PhD in 2019. She is very excited to be given the opportunity to participate in the NCDCTA as a member at large.
Member at Large
Jessica, an AA aspiring eventer lives in Chatham county on a working farm with their collection of sporthorses and quarter horses. Living the adult amature life she balances teaching full time at a local community college, raising two active kids and helping manage a family farm.
Member at Large (Gala)
Sarah Bookner is originally from northern Ohio, but has lived in NC for years. She is an AA eventer with her Swedish Warmblood, based out of Heather Ridge Farm in Raeford, working with multiple trainers of different disciplines to feed her appetite for a broad riding education.
She works for Merck Animal Health as a national account manager, traveling across the country focusing on large fleet and ecommerce accounts in the livestock and equine industries.
She can be found volunteering at the Carolina Horse Park or setting up at shows with M&M Tack Shop.
Sarah is looking forward to a great partnership with the NCDCTA as a Member-at-Large!
Stephanie is an AA eventer and dressage rider who resides in Chapel Hill, NC. She began riding at a young age with her mother who is also an AA competitor and life-long equestrian. She is a USDF bronze medalist and has earned several NCDCTA Horse of the Year awards. After college at UNC she moved to Charleston, SC to earn her masters degree and work for the Medical University of South Carolina as a pediatric occupational therapist. She returned to the area in 2018 to begin her PhD at UNC Chapel Hill. She currently competes her OTTB in eventing and dressage and has a 3 year old Irish Sport Horse with her mother whom she hopes to bring up the levels. She is currently completing her PhD at UNC chapel Hill in the Occupational Science program with a focus on human-animal interaction and the partnership of assistance dogs and children with autism spectrum disorder. She is very excited to be serving as the NDCCTA eventing co-chair with Rebecca Mahaffey.
Alex is an Eventing professional based in Vass, NC. She began riding at a young age and after a short stent in the Western world was drawn to Eventing. Fortunately, her family moved to Southern Pines where there was an active horse scene year- round. There were clinics, shows, and schooling opportunities nearly every weekend. She came up through the Young Rider ranks and was fortunate enough to represent Area II a number of times. She returned to North Carolina after college due to the diverse equestrian community and central location on the East Coast. She and her husband purchased a farm two years ago and now have a permanent home base located just outside of Southern Pines and a short drive from the Carolina Horse Park.
Junior/Young Rider Chair
Jennifer Flowers is a USEF Para-Dressage Coach, USDF L Graduate, and USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist. She also owns and operates her Training and Riding Academy, out of her family farm in Statesville, NC. Mother of two children, Jennifer is looking forward to give back and encourage new and current NCDCTA 's JR/YR through it's wonderful opportunities in 2022!
Emme Johnston is a dressage trainer and instructor based in Chapel Hill, NC. She is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist and USDF Certified Instructor through Second Level. Emme graduated from Mount Holyoke College (South Hadley, MA) in 2010, and while she was there won National Championships in both Intercollegiate Hunt Seat Equitation and Dressage. She has earned several NCDCTA Horse of the Year awards and has been selected to ride in multiple NCDCTA symposiums. Emme enjoys working with horses and riders of all ages and levels and strives to improve harmony and strength of horse and rider through the fundamentals of classical dressage training.
Amy Brumbach is originally from Pennsylvania,but moved to the Triangle Area in 1992 with her mom and brother. Amy stuck around the Triangle Area since then and now resides in Mebane, NC. While an avid animal lover growing up, Amy did not have the opportunity to start riding until in college. While attending NC State (majoring in Animal Science), Amy rode at at a local hunter/jumper barn that also had dressage lessons. After a summer equine breeding internship at Horizon Farms in Barrington, IL, Amy decided she wanted to become a breeding manager and someday own her own breeding farm. Then, after college, in 2002, Amy took a job as Breeding Barn Manager at Rougemont Sport Horses (now Pura Vida Farm) with Ellen Ziemer. After a few years in the breeding business, Amy decided it was time to get some experience teaching, which she did at several Stables over the next 15 years. In 2018, Amy and her business partner, Suzan Hamilton, opened GaitWay Stables. Originally residing in Durham, GaitWay Stables is a medium sized teaching/training business that focuses on eventing and a fusion of classical dressage meets natural horsemanship. GaitWay has outgrown their Durham location, so they will be moving to Hillsborough in April 2022. From the beginning of Amy's teaching career, she has been passionate about continuing education and regularly attends and/or audits workshops and clinics. Amy is excited to serve as Dressage Education Co-Chair to help offer educational opportunities to NCDCTA members.
The North Carolina Dressage & Combined Training Association (NCDCTA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the equestrian sports of dressage and combined training (eventing). Run by volunteers, the association and its members regularly organize and sponsor various activities designed to heighten its members’ and the general public’s knowledge of and appreciation for dressage and combined training.
NCDCTA is a Region 1 Group Member Organization of the United States Dressage Federation (USDF). NCDCTA is one of the largest organizations of its kind in the United States, boasting over 700 members. NCDCTA members range from first-time riders to Olympians.