Susan Wolfe is a native of Arizona and has owned and operated NARS since January 2006. Susan has 30+ years of experience with horses and has a background in both the medical field and business. She has been in the horse industry since early 2000. With her unique background she has developed useful skills and knowledge to manage the barn as well as the horses and their owners needs. She has personally owned teams of draft horses, quarter horses, mules and many more. Susan is the mother of 2 grown children who are working hard to keep her well stocked with grand children...Her passion today is trail riding and spending time with her grand babies!
Bess Sisneros Started at NARS in 2012 but got her start riding in a 4-H Club in Hawaii when she was eight years old then guided trail rides on the Big Island of Hawaii for almost seven years. She had a mentor who taught her how to start young horses using natural horsemanship principals. For the next few years she worked at several different ranches primarily starting colts. She then worked as an assistant riding instructor teaching basic horsemanship, dressage and jumping at a riding academy in Kailua Kona. Bess bases her instruction and training on natural horsemanship methods and follows the safety requirements of CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) having attended the CHA riding instructor’s certification course and graduating with a level 3 in English, Jumping and Western Instruction Bess teaches all ages and all disciplines. For fun, Bess enjoys her time on the trail, competing and instructing Dressage and Western Dressage and spending time with her grown son Tyler.
Joel Vargas has been here at NARS from the very beginning. After nearly 12 years he knows all the ins and outs of this barn. He has a quiet demeanor with the horses and a keen eye when a horse is in need. From the basics of cleaning the barn and feeding horses to major fencing projects Joel has been our "go to "guy. When he is not at the barn he is working on old cars and truck and spending time with his family.
Jordan Hollmann is our youngest employee at the barn, at just 18, Jordan got her start right here and Northern Arizona Riding Stables as a student camper at age 8. Fast forward 10+ years and she is now part of Team NARS! Jordan is an accomplished rider and owns horses of her own which gives her a real life perspective to the care a horse needs. Her hard work and dedication to her job shows every day!
Michelle "Lee" Travis is the newest addition to the NARS team. Although she is new to us here at the barn AND new to Flagstaff she is not new to the horse world.
From Texas, Lee supervised and managed a 40 horse riding stable. She also taught western pleasure and Horsemanship in camps for kids. Lee knows her way around a barn and isn't afraid to roll up her sleeves and work hard to maintain clean stalls and well fed horses...the health and well-being of the horses are her priority.