NMCTR Staff

Ashley Armijo

Ashley Armijo

Program Director and Registered Instructor

Ashley attended the University of New Mexico in pursuing a career in Speech Language Pathology. She has worked in the developmentally disabled community for 6 years. She was a former member of the United States Pony Club and has ridden horses for over 25 years. When she is not working, she spends her time competing at 3-day eventing horse shows with her horse Eli. Helping others and her love for horses led her to seek her PATH Intl Instructor Certification. She joined the NMCTR team in 2013.

Angelika Hellmer

Angelika Hellmer

Registered Instructor

Angelika was born and grew up in Germany before moving to the East Coast in 1989. She always had a passion for horses, growing up riding in Germany, then raising 2 horse crazy girls who participated active in the United States Pony Club. Managing her own barn and horses in New England, she also started volunteering for a local PATH Intl. therapeutic riding center in Goffstown, NH and grew more and more found of this work.  After moving to horse country Ocala, Florida  3 years ago she connected with Marion County Therapeutic Riding Center , a PATH Intl. Premium Center, acquired her PATH instructor license. She also is working on getting her Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning certification.  

Paige Longanecker

Paige Longanecker

Barn Manager

Paige graduated from Apollo College in 2014 as a medical assistant, but horses are her life. She grew up on the back of a horse, as her mom is a long-time professional horse trainer. She has experience in giving horse lessons, caring for horses, and barn management. Her family also manages the Santa Fe Horse Shelter. She has shown quarter horses and was Rodeo de Santa Fe alternate queen in 2010. She is currently pursuing Instructor Certification with PATH International.

Karen Miller

Karen Miller

Rider Coordinator

Karen notes, “Volunteering with the Center lets me combine my love of horses and my desire to work with individuals with special needs. I also enjoy working with parents and families to arrange schedules and resolve issues which come up.” Karen has a B.A. in Psychology, and an M.A. in Education. She provided career and vocational counseling to persons with multiple barriers to employment. She and her spouse, Connie, retired to Eldorado in 2008, where they live with their rescue dog Teddy. Karen has volunteered with NMCTR since 2012.

Carolyn Tourney Florek

Carolyn Tourney Florek

Volunteer Coordinator

Carolyn is a poet, publisher, retired garden designer, and visual artist who recently moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico after living in Houston, Texas for more than thirty years. She has a B.S. in Geology (1977) from Wayne State University, and a B.F.A. in Painting from the University of Tulsa (1982). She is co-founder with her husband Bob of Mutabilis Press, a non-profit literary press based in Houston.  Carolyn was Artist-in-Residence at Bandelier National Monument in fall of 2015, and volunteers with the Santa Fe National Forest Site Steward program. She has been a volunteer at New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding since spring, 2014. She and Bob have three dogs and a large garden which keeps them busy when not volunteering!