Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Rachel Allen graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters in Spanish Language from the College of Charleston. Rachel has ridden and instructed under trainers of a variety of disciplines since first competing at the age of eight. Having had a European foundation in classical riding, she has excelled at many disciplines throughout her riding career including hunters, jumpers and western pleasure. As an undergraduate, she was a member of the NCAA Women’s Varsity Equestrian team having two National Championships during her tenure as a rider. She has instructed beginner and intermediate riding for top trainers and has worked with horses of all types in both training and conditioning.
Originally from Ligonier, Pennsylvania Claire Sistek traded cold northern winters for the island life in February 2018. A lifelong love of animals and passion for working outdoors inspired her to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where she was part of the university’s IHSA equestrian team. Growing up, Claire took every opportunity to ride horses, which included taking lessons, trail riding with friends and eventually owning a horse of her own. Her professional equine experience began when the camp she attended as a child started a horse program. She jumped on the opportunity to work as a trail guide and was able to see the program grow over the six summers she spent there.
Immediately after graduating college Claire accepted a position at a guest ranch in Virginia where she continued guiding trail rides for riders of all experience levels from all over the world. Prior to moving to Daufuskie, she worked as the barn manager at a large private estate in Pennsylvania. In addition to exercising, grooming and caring for the horses she also taught beginner lessons and continued organizing and leading trail rides. After spending the past ten years working in the equestrian world, Claire has had the opportunity to guide trail rides with multiple types of horses and riders of all ages and experience levels.
Alexa Clark, originally from Saint Clairsville, Ohio, followed her love of horses to the island. She recently graduated from Lake Erie College in May of 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Equine Facility Management with a concentration in Therapeutic Horsemanship as well as a minor in Business Administration. She is also a Certified Equine Massage Therapist and is working towards her PATH Intl. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsmanship Intl.) certification. Alexa has a wide variety of riding experience, including dressage, western pleasure, and hunt seat.