Meet Our Instructors

A team of talented, experienced professionals and dedicated instructors leads The City Ranch's equestrian program, which includes nationally recognized individuals dedicated to sharing the joy of riding with students of all ages.

In addition to teaching the skills required to ride, each member of the team is deeply committed to the teaching of exceptional horsemanship. Working with individual students, they foster a high level of confidence, competence and character in the ring, paddock or field—qualities which have long-lasting benefits in the barn and on the street.

Ahesahmahk Dahn, Director

The founders of City Ranch, Ahesahmahk and Jean Dahn, have spent over thirty years working with children in the greater Baltimore area. Their experience, combined with city living conditions, led them to want to do more to help refocus and inspire youth and reduce crime. Mr. Dahn founded The City Ranch in 2007 to engage youth in the Baltimore area in horsemanship experiences.

 

Mr. Dahn oversees all aspects of The City Ranch's administration and operations, including School Programs, Western Riding Lessons, Special Events, the Work-to-Ride Program, and strategic partnerships.

He also serves on the Maryland Horse Industry Board and as a former service member in the U.S. Army, also volunteers in Buffalo Soldier 10th Calvary Regiment historical reenactments. 

ahesahmahk@thecityranch.org

Cindy Halle, Polo Coach

Renowned nationally for her high standards of play, knowledge of polo, horsemanship and commitment to excellence in sportsmanship coaching, Cindy Halle brings exceptional skills to the polo arena as a player, coach, instructor and umpire. Her polo career while a student at University of California-Davis led her to win four women's intercollegiate titles, acquiring a three-handicap in the arena and a two-handicap outdoors. Ms. Halle was head polo coach at Garrison Forest School from 1986-1997, during which she led the Varsity Team to five Women's National Interscholastic Championship titles and two more in 2009 and 2011. In 1998, Ms. Halle was awarded Polo Magazine’s Coach of the Year Award.

Ms. Halle instructs youth and adult polo students from the Baltimore and surrounding community utilizing the Garrison Forest School polo ponies and facilities. In addition to her coaching and teaching, Ms. Halle also cares for and manages the string of 16-20 polo ponies.

 

One of only five U.S. Polo Association (USPA) certifiers for the new USPA certified polo instructor program and certified as an USPA umpire, Ms. Halle frequently officiates across the country at the collegiate and club levels and offers national training workshops for umpires and players. She is an active playing member of the Maryland Polo Club.

Suzanne Grissom, Riding Instructor

Horses and kids are Suzanne Grissom's passion. Working with students during weekly lessons at The City Ranch, Suzanne weaves all aspects of safety, horse care, and responsibility into her fun and engaging riding lessons.

Suzanne teaches and participates in the disciplines of dressage, show jumping, eventing, games, polocrosse, fox hunting and Quiz-- a knowledge-based rally. She is also a horse master at the Burntwoods Pony Club, which she cofounded in 2001 to bring a love and understanding of horsemanship to children in the Howard, Baltimore, and Carroll County areas.

Katie Roe, MS, OTR/L

Katie Roe is a state licensed and nationally certified occupational
therapist with over 17 years of horse experience. Katie is co-founder
of Unbridled Rehabilitation Services, a community based therapy
practice that offers hippotherapy (using movement of the horse) as a
treatment strategy. She enjoys blending her career as an occupational
therapist with her love for horses through equine assisted therapy.

For more information on hippotherapy, visit www.unbridledrehab.com

Email: Katie@unbridledrehab.com

Occupational Therapist, PATH Certified Riding Instructor

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7613 Dogwood Road, Windsor Mill