Meet the Board
The Faces behind CHS
My name is Amy Luyster and after retiring from the Army in 2019, I stayed on in Virginia with my heart horse, an off-the track thoroughbred (OTTB), Holy Moses. When COVID hit, I started looking for my own horse property for my boy, and I found a great place to live in Clifton. Of course, Moses needed a buddy, so I turned to a local horse rescue in Ohio (where I hail from) and brought an off-the-track standardbred (OTSB), Night Trouble (a.k.a., George), to the farmette to be a friend and trail companion for Moses. I’ve loved horses all of my life (thoroughbreds especially), and I rode in 4-H (on quarter horses) growing up. In college, I participated in the intercollegiate horse show association (IHSA), but it was over 20 years before I really started riding again when I adopted Moses from the Secretariat Center in Lexington,
Kentucky in 2015. We enjoy trail riding, jumping, and dressage, and I’m looking forward to starting lessons in eventing. We like to try a little bit of everything (or at least I do!). I still work for the Army as
a Civilian and have three teenage children, three cats (at last count) one old foxhound, and a guinea pig. I look forward to advocating for horses and their people in Fairfax County!
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!
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.
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.
This is my absolute favorite picture of my horse, husband, and me. It was taken in 1995 when the three of us participated in a CHS Ride and Tie at Bull Run Regional Park. The horse, Epinikion (Niki for short) was so special to me. I got the Anglo-Arab when he was 5 and had him 27 years. Miss him everyday.
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