Maggie Jackson | Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Maggie has been in the equestrian field for over 16 years. She’s had an active career in all aspects of the horse industry. She is an HB in Pony Club and is currently studying to graduate as an HA.

Maggie was first introduced to Therapeutic Riding in 2012 at Madison Fields (formerly Field of Dreams), and after 3 years of volunteering in lessons she decided to pursue her own career in the industry, attending High Hopes’ Instructor Training Course in Old Lyme, CT.

Maggie finished at High Hopes in 2015 as a PATH International Registered Instructor and went on to become an instructor at Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center in Aldie, VA. After 3 years of instructing at Sprout, Maggie decided to come back to the place where it all started and joined the Madison Fields Team as Head Instructor.

Jeanne Helke, MA | Special Educator

Jeanne is a state certified special education teacher. She earned her Master's degree in Special Education and a Master's Certificate in Autism from Johns Hopkins University.


Jeanne specializes in Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and has over 20 years experience in the field of special education including 6 years teaching the AAC class at Carl Sandburg Learning Center. She is currently a member of the interACT team for MCPS. Jeanne has been certified or received training in the following programs: structured teaching, Picture Exchange Communication Systems (PECS), and Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI).

Erin Bettinger, MS, CCC-SLP | Speech-Language Pathologist

Erin is a nationally certified speech-language pathologist. She earned her  Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University and has since become the only speech pathologist who is an AHA (American Hippotherapy Association) registered Level II Hippotherapy provider in the state of Maryland. She is currently working toward becoming a Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist (HPCS).


Erin has experience treating speech, language, cognitive, and voice disorders in children and adults with a wide variety of disorders from learning disabilities to rare genetic disorders. Erin has also worked with several Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) special education programs including Learning for Independence (LFI), Extensions, home school model, and the Preschool Education Program (PEP).

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