Our Team

As the Founder and Executive Director of Making Strides,  Kimberly is passionate about “everything equine”.  She has been riding and owned horses for over 30 years.  Training and showing under talented instructors in the Hunter/Jumper world, has provided her with the opportunity to pass down a wealth of knowledge to her students. 


As a former Barn Manager; a Certified Equine Kinesiology Tape Practitioner; Equine Massage Therapist and Level II Reiki Practitioner she holds a diverse equine background. 


In 2018, Kimberly was certified through PATH, Intl. as a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, and is also a PATH, Intl. Certified Mentor.  In 2019 her desire to open a Therapeutic Horsemanship Center came to fruition when Making Strides Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc. was opened as a 501 (c)(3) Non Profit Organization.  Through her commitment to the community, upholding the highest standards and her genuine love for her equine partners,Making Strides will continue to grow.

Kimberly Childs, Founder & Executive Director 


Laura's love story with all things equine began over 40 years ago, growing up with many horses over the years at her family's farm in Scotland.


After training in the Graphic Design industry in England, and working for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Condé Nast in London, she moved to New York City to be with her husband, starting her own design studio.


On leaving the city after nearly a decade, she took advantage of her more rural setting and got back into the equine world, leasing horses and riding again with her children. While volunteering with Making Strides therapeutic riding program, Laura is currently working towards her Path, Intl. Certification and hopes to be a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor by early 2021.


Laura lives in Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY with her husband, their five children, 2 dogs, 3 cats and numerous chickens and rabbits.

Laura Martinelli, PATH, Intl. CTRI
Board President
Jessica Lane, Board  Vice President