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Josie's love for horses became clear at an early age and that drove her to join 4H where she expanded her knowledge and made many great friends. Her interest in horses brought her to Bear Spot Farm where she is passionate about her work caring for the horses and hopes to gain more knowledge and experience. 

  “Ive loved horses all my life and being at Bear Spot has really opened my eyes to how unique every horse is and how it takes a little listening to really understand these amazing animals”

   When not at Bear spot she enjoys spending her time hanging out with her cat Beckett, going on bike rides and working on projects for the Guatemala aid fund where she is the Vice President.

In 2022, we added a second "Josie" to the team!

Josie DeChaine is not only experienced in horse care, but is a rider herself, having earned her USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals. 

While not serving the assistant manager role, she enjoys riding and hopes to continue to learn at the top level of the sport.

Josie also has a passion for photography, web design, and social media management, helping us produce quality content!


Paul began in 2022 as Hope's head groom. We quickly learned how invaluable he is! He has experience in every aspect of the equine world and is always willing to teach others. Hope often says, "I could not do this without Paul!"


Allie joined the team as a working student in 2022. Originally from Maryland, Allie grew up riding and always knew she loved dressage. She is a fundamental part of the barn, bringing both equine knowledge and top organizational skills!












Amanda was the Bear Spot Farm manager for six years and helped us run many shows and events over the years.  She's joined us again to manager the three Bear Spot Foundation shows, and groom for us when we go to shows in the area. She has vast experience in every aspect of horse care and management and we are so excited to have her back with us!!!


Sal started his career with horses at Bear Spot, and we are thrilled he has stayed in the area to keep working with us. You can find Sal at Bear Spot once or twice a month working his way through the barn.


Observing the subtle nuances that horses provide as feedback, Sal correlates this to the actual feel of muscle tissue during the massage therapy session. Combined with traditional medicine, rider feedback, top-notch daily care, and training, this creates the best possible environment for horses with a high-performance focus. In addition to regular sessions at the stable, Sal excels in massage at competitions and tailors the therapy to the specific needs of the horse while at the show. Sal has a thorough knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology. One of the many important ways Sal has enhanced his knowledge and experience had been through participation in anatomy labs at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.


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