Meet the Board
The Faces behind CHS
My name is Kate and I am the lucky Mom to a 9 year old Percheron/Thoroughbred cross named Sage and a 6 year old Swedish Warmblood named Dr. Watson. I primarily practice dressage but also love trail riding, judged pleasure rides, working on my natural horsemanship skills, and this year, I’d love to dive a little deeper into working equitation. I’ve been a horse owner for 25 years and spent much of my youth show jumping with my heart horse, Orion.
While I would love to hang out with my furry kids all day, I do have to work to pay their bills. I have owned and operated a pet care business for the last 15 years in Kingstowne and also own and operate Aster Equine Photography! I’m excited to be part of the team and I’m looking forward to planning some fun events for us this year!
Marissa Bacino is the chief compliance officer at Navy Federal Financial Group. She has two horses, both OTTBs. Cosmo, is her semi-retired 22 year old former eventer and Stretch is her new young horse she is also bringing along to event. Marissa lives in Fairfax with her husband Dan and their 3 dogs, and a cat.
Membership & County Liason
I’m Katie McDaniel, the chs membership director. I have a 17 year old Arabian gelding, Prince, that I’ve owned since he was 2 years old, and after a recent move to an equestrian community in Oak Hill, I now also have a 20-something retired Irish Sporthorse named Rio and we adopted Happy from NVTRP after she retired. I spend most of my saddle time with Prince. We’ve done a little bit of everything together, including eventing and hitting the trails, but our primary focus now is dressage. My goal is to get my bronze medal on him before he retires and becomes my daughter’s horse! Looking forward to 2021 and getting back to doing some horsey activities with like minded people!
Social Media Director
Hi! I'm Jeanne Hechmer, I started riding when I was 9 and started as a hunter jumper. I had to take a break from riding when I went college. After college, I started getting into dressage. I rode my friends horses and went to my first dressage show a few years ago. The handsome pony in the picture is my boy Citation, he is a 7 year old Irish Sport Horse. I bought him in November 2019, as a 6 year old. He was an eventer but now we mainly do dressage but we also love hitting the trails. We are working on 1st level dressage and hopefully make our way up the levels. We would love to try our hand/hoof at working equitation and some JPRs. Hope to see you out there!
I have been a member of CHS for probably more than 20 years. At one point, I served as the Membership Director and Special Events person. More recently, I have been appointed as the Trail Ride Director. I have ridden since my childhood in England. The horse in the photo is Haze who is my second horse, second Arabian, and a great trail horse. I live in Catharpin with my husband, four horses, (Haze plus my daughter’s two retirees, and her FEI dressage horse) two cats and one clown fish.
It was 50 years ago when I had my sweet mare, Prissy, who kept me grounded during my teenage years. Although I am not riding as much now, the pic I have chosen here is of Corisse on the left with her horse, Shadow, Caroline on Dream in the middle, her daughter's horse, and me on Caroline's horse Haze, the grey. I met these wonderful ladies about (5) years ago when I joined CHS.
I have been on the Board for the last (2) yrs. with the Hospitality Committee, but had previously volunteered. Even though I don't have a horse now, being involved with the Club keeps my passion and love alive for horses in a different capacity and never want to lose that. So many things have changed from the days of pleasure riding with my 4H Club over the miles of trails we had back then.
My name is Katy and my horse’s name is Tara. She’s a 12 year old arabian/paint cross and I’ve had her since she was a baby. We’ve lived in multiple different locations already over the last decade, which has enabled us to trail ride in locations such as the Shenandoah Valley, Sky Meadows, and the Appalachian Mountains. These days we love trail riding with friends and attending clinics and JPRs whenever possible. Looking forward to seeing you on the trails!
My name is Lisa Johnson and this is my 16 year old Morgan, Derby. Growing up in Illinois, I rode show Saddlebreds until going to College. I was fortunate to get back in to riding about 10 years ago when I bought Derby. We were both very green. I had only ridden well-trained horses and what a shock! I didn’t know how much I didn’t know until I bought Derby. So, I started from the ground up with natural horsemanship and realized for the first time that you don’t just ‘hop on and ride’. We have taught each other so many things over the past 10 years and there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do with him. We’ve done hunter paces, dressage shows, trail rides all over Virginia, cutting cows, fun shows and clinics. I’m glad to be a part of Clifton Horse Society, and look forward to meeting you all.
Trail Ride Director