Staff Profiles


Equestrian Staff

Grace McKenney Lexington, MA
A veteran day camp counselor, Grace has been competing for ten years as a hunter/jumper. She has experience teaching in the ring and barn. Outside the stables, Grace has been a peer tutor in math, science and Spanish. We’re excited for her first summer in 04355.

DeeDee Turnquest Windermere, FL
DeeDee is a Liberty University junior studying psychology. She previously merged her two passions, psychology and riding, in a children’s equine therapy program. DeeDee showed all through high school in hunter/jumper and dressage.

Kiki Daffan Rumson, NJ
Kiki is a Penn State sophomore studying political science. She has been competing in hunter/jumper for Penn State’s equestrian team. Kiki has experience babysitting, coaching cheer, and teaching riding. We’re so excited to have her joining the Laurel equestrian team!

Celeste Nobrega Paxton, MA
Celeste instructed riding to children of all experience levels and found Laurel through Equestrian Director Kendall. Celeste has finished courses at UMass Amherst specifically related to equine management, and brings her wealth of experience to Laurel in 2018.

Lydia Drabik Hershey, PA
Lydia graduated from Penn State as a four-year member of the equestrian team. She has extensive experience grooming and preparing horses for professional rides. Lydia is also a talented dancer who loves to fish, boat and ski.

Sofie Prager Fejer, Hungary Barn Assistant
With a decade of riding experience under her belt, Sofie is elated to call Laurel equestrian her summer home. She taught children at the professional barn where she trained. Sofie will help care for our two 12-stall barns and 22 horses and ponies. We’re so happy she made the trip to Maine!

Aly DeLine Mexico, NY
Aly has been riding for 12 years with experience with hunters, jumpers and dressage. She’s taught lessons at her hometown barn in New York and worked in an equestrian program last summer. So excited to have Aly with us!

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