Our Team

 

Sara Tucker

Sara Tucker

Executive Director

After a long career in senior management positions and consulting in the health care industry, Sara joined NCMT as Executive Director. She combines her years of experience in operations and finance, her extensive knowledge and work in the public health care sector, non-profit world and her love of horses to bring a unique dynamic to New Canaan Mounted Troop. Sara graduated with a BSN from Georgetown University where she has been on the Board of Advisor’s for the School of Nursing and Health Studies since 2006. She received a Master of Public Health from Columbia University, Mailman School, where she remains an active alumnus. As Administrator of Maternal Child Health at Columbia University College of Physician & Surgeons, Sara set up physician practices in New York City, Westchester and New Jersey. She worked in the Caribbean to develop educational materials with the support of a Pew Charitable Trust Grant. She is a past board member of the Junior League of Stamford-Norwalk and lives in Westport and New York City. 

sara.tucker@newcanaanmountedtroop.org 

Stephanie Cowser

Stephanie Cowser

Equestrian Program Coordinator

life-long equestrian, Stephanie and her family live in New Canaan, where she also grew up.  She joined the Board of NCMT in 2014. She has been an active volunteer, taking leadership positions for multiple non-profit organizations including various Private & Public School committees, The Junior League of Stamford/Norwalk and several Thoroughbred and Dog Rescue and Rehoming groups. Stephanie is the Managing Partner of The Cowser Group, a global Executive Search firm and Triad Consulting LLC, a Management Consulting firm.  Prior to thatshe served on the Board of Directors and held several executive positions, including CFO and COO of The MVL Group, the parent company of multiple high profile market research companies. Stephanie holds a degree in Finance and Political Science from the University of Northern Colorado.  In 2010, Stephanie adopted an Off-the-Track Thoroughbred, Joko Motion, who is currently showing in the hunter divisions.

stephanie.cowser@newcanaanmountedtroop.org

Caroleigh Evarts

Caroleigh Evarts

Therapeutic Program Coordinator

Caroleigh and her family have lived in New Canaan since 1989. She is a founding board member of Arts for Healing Inc., New Canaan, CT, and served as a board member of the United Way of New Canaan, started and managed for 10 years the New Canaan chapter of TOPSoccer which each fall served over 30 children with special needs from Fairfield County. Caroleigh has been a member of the Parents Advisory Council for NCPS Special Education, and served regularly on the Parent Advisory and Event Committees for PACE (Parents Against Childhood Epilepsy) which raised money annually for epilepsy research.

Her professional experience includes 8 years as a self-employed CT licensed home improvement contractor as Evarts Home Projects LLC. She formerly was employed in the financial services industry by Kidder Peabody & Co. and Alex Brown & Sons, Inc.

An avid equestrian, Caroleigh trains with Lisa Pierson Dressage in Brewster, NY.

supertroopers@newcanaanmountedtroop.org

Hannah Wirfel

Hannah Wirfel

Head Riding Instructor

Prior to turning professional, Hannah had an illustrious junior riding career, having trained with Walter “Tim” Kees in the equitation divisions and Leslie Burr Howard in the high junior and amateur owner jumper divisions.  She competed in the Maclay Finals in 2001, the last year that event was held at Madison Square Garden, and has numerous ribbons and accomplishments from shows along the East Coast, including Devon, WEF, and Southhampton.  

Hannah has taught riders of all ages, including beginners, summer camp, adults, and junior equitation riders seeking to get qualified for the Medal and Maclay Finals. In addition, Hannah was an IHSA coach for the Trinity College Equestrian Team. She also coached the Miss Porter’s School “IEA” Equestrian Team. Most recently, Hannah completed the rigorous process of becoming a Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. 

Hannah is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. 

hannah.wirfel@newcanaanmountedtroop.org

Anne Dylewski

Anne Dylewski

Barn Manager

Since joining NCMT in 2005, Anne brings over twenty years of riding and equine management experience. She works to ensure that the horses and ponies of Troop are happy, healthy and ready to teach the Troopers on a daily basis. Anne takes pride in developing individualized feeding and care programs for our diverse herd of horses. In addition, she works with the cadets to teach them barn management and equine care skills, involving the cadets at all levels for an enriched experience. Anne holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut.

anne.dylewski@newcanaanmountedtroop.org

Fredi Martinez

Fredi Martinez

Horse Care Professional

Fredi came to NCMT in 2010, bringing many years of experience in horse care and maintenance. He has worked extensively at  top competitive show barns in Fairfield and Westchester Counties, where he was in charge of the health, appearance of “A” circuit horses and ponies. Fredi works with Anne, Francisco and the rest of the staff to ensure that all of the horses and ponies at NCMT are well cared for and receive appropriate turnout time. Fredi also helps train horses to have excellent ground manners which ensures the safest possible environment at NCMT.