About Us

Get to know our talented instructors!

Melanie Dortschy

Melanie Dortschy, owner and manager of Horse Shadow Run, with family dog, Lilly.

Melanie Dortschy

Beginner/Intermediate Western & English Instructor

Melanie is the owner and manager of Horse Shadow Run. She grew up around horses and has 40 years of experience boarding horses and giving lessons. As a CHA certified instructor in both english and western riding, Melanie not only teaches lessons daily, she is also the main instructor for the summer camps and has lifeguard and CPR/First Aid certification. Known at the barn as “Ms. Melanie”, she’s a kind and patient instructor for her students, especially with the young riders. In her spare time, she loves to spend it with her family and, of course, riding!

Stacey Venditti - Horse Shadow Run

Stacey Venditti, Horse Shadow Run beginner and intermediate instructor, with her horse, Rose.

Stacey Venditti

Beginner/Intermediate Western, English, and Trial Ride Instructor

Stacey is a CHA certified instructor in both english and western disciplines. She teaches beginner and intermediate riders the fundamentals of a balanced and independent seat in walk, trot and canter. Stacey has been a beloved teacher at HSR for four years, partnering with Melanie in teaching little ones as well as adults in both lessons and summer camps. In addition to teaching lessons, she is also a certified trail ride instructor for the barn. When not teaching, Stacey loves working with and riding her mare, Rose.

Emily McDonald - Horse Shadow Run

Emily McDonald, Horse Shadow Run Dressage instructor, riding Za Za Zoo.

Emily McDonald

Dressage & Intermediate Instructor

Emily has over 20 years of experience with horses. She began riding and showing at age eight, and had trained her own horse to Level Three Dressage by age 18. In college, she worked for Dolorosa Arabians, one of the nation’s largest and most successful breeding, training and show barns. At Dolorosa, Emily was a professional groom who studied under and assisted Rob Bick and Caralyn Schroter, two of the nation’s top and most successful trainers. Emily has been a part of the Horse Shadow Run family since 2008. She enjoys teaching our intermediate and advanced adults and children in equitation, dressage and low level jumping. Emily continues to further her education today through dressage and has begun to ride with Danielle Akin Sintoni on her self-trained warmblood, Za Za Zoo.

Savannah Sheldon - Horse Shadow Run

Savannah Sheldon, Drill Team instructor, riding Jammin’.

Savannah Sheldon

Drill Team Instructor

Savannah has been a part of the Horse Shadow Run family since 2012 as an instructor, boarder, student and member of the HSR staff. She now serves as the annual HSR Drill Team coach and assists at most horse shows throughout the season. She has 19 years of experience as a rider/competitor with a background in dressage and eventing. She was a member of the Penn State IHSA Equestrian team, and is now gaining jumper experience with her leased schoolmaster “Jammin’.”

Katie - Horse Shadow Run

Katie, Drill Team instructor, Jumping.

Katie Lowe

Hunter/Jumper/IEA Instructor

Katie is trained in the classic George Morris style of riding and has taught hunter, jumper, and equitation lessons for nearly 20 years. She connects well with students of all ages and levels of expertise. She has rehabilitated racehorses to become successful show horses, partnered to import, train, and market horses from Europe, and participated in clinics by experts, including Olympic riders. As a junior rider, she regularly trained and rode over 15 horses daily, and she also qualified for the prestigious Medal Maclay Finals and received multiple year-end awards for GHJA (Georgia Hunter Jumper Association) in Children’s Hunter, 15-17 equitation, and both low and high jumpers.

Katie is very excited to be the hunter/jumper instructor at Horse Shadow Run and the IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association) coach for our middle school and high school equestrian teams. Whether riding for fun and exercise, advancing skills, or developing an interest to lease, buy, or show, clients can be assured that Katie has the patience, knowledge, and experience to assist in almost every aspect of equine enthusiasm.