Annie Turri is a Registered Adaptive Riding Instructor with PATH International, as well as a certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL) which qualifies her as an instructor to use the horse in partnership with a mental health team to serve wide-ranging audiences for educational purposes and personal growth. She has over 25 years of horse experience, starting in the 4-H International program and working through the system from beginner to intermediate and advanced levels in a variety of English and Western Riding disciplines. Annie is originally from Breckenridge Colorado and holds a BA in Psychology and English from Willamette University. She is a bilingual instructor and is also the former owner of Rincón Vacations travel company, with nearly 10 years of experience in the travel industry in Puerto Rico. In 2015 Annie co-founded West Coast Ecuestre, an organization dedicated to providing riding services for both able-bodied and special needs riders in Puerto Rico.
Originally from England, Michelle started riding lessons at 3 years old as a member of the English Pony Club, advancing over a period of 10 years into the British Show Jumping circuit. She has competed and trained under several professionals as well as in the British dressage circuit, with many wins under her belt. She later expanded to the study of Natural Horsemanship training and riding techniques in the United States and competed in Western trail, reining, pleasure and in-hand classes. Michelle has experience training and starting young and abused horses and has over 10+ years working in therapeutic riding. She was employed by RDA (Riding for the Disabled) in the UK for 5+ years and spent several years volunteering in the States for NARHA (now PATH Intl). Most recently, Michelle trained and performed with the Herrmann Royal Lippizzaner Stallions troupe based in Florida. Michelle is passionate about animals and active with several rescue groups in the area. She currently serves as a life coach with Pacia Life youth educational and enrichment program in Rincón Puerto Rico. In 2015 Michelle co-founded West Coast Ecuestre, an organization dedicated to providing riding services for both able-bodied and special needs riders in Puerto Rico
Member at Large
Deixter Marie Colón Charneco is a Medical Technologist (ASCP Certified) that has an Independent Clinical Laboratory (Laboratorio Clínico Colón, Inc) in the town of Aguada that is family owned since 1977. Diexter has a lifelong love of horses and started riding herself when she was young. She joined the Board of West Coast Ecuestre in January 2018 and has been an integral part of our community communications at outreach. Diexter’s interest in the WCE programs began with her daughter Stella. Still has been part of the West Coast Ecuestre Team since July 2017. During her first year of riding, Deixter had seen the great improvement in her daughter’s confidence and self esteem. After that success, she decided to be part of the Board to help other families that have been through the same thing and give them the confidence they need to be successful in life.
Mark Turri has a lifetime of experience in corporate management, working in the executive tiers of ExxonMobil for much of his life. Mark is a mechanical engineer with business expertise. He assists West Coast Ecuestre with financial management and organizational services. Mark lives with his wife Donna in Scottsdale Arizona and volunteers regularly with a number of community and non-profit organizations.