♦ Director

Sam Iulo

samSamantha Iulo is a PATH Certified Instructor and has taught lessons in the Currituck County location and been the director of MANE & TAILL since it was founded 5 years ago.. Samantha has been an Exceptional Children’s Teacher for Dare County Schools for 8 years, and thoroughly enjoys working with and learning from people with disabilities. She was inspired to bring her love of horses with her love of teaching Special Education by her students at First Flight High School in 2009. Once she saw how much they benefited from the horses, she completed all the PATH requirements to become a certified instructor, including spending a month in New Jersey with her two boys to complete an internship at a Premier Accredited Therapeutic horseback riding program. Although, Samantha was inspired to start the program by her students and a special horse, Midnight, she credits her two boys, Ty and Carver, for helping her discover what the program is all about. They have taught her how important it is to provide social opportunities and time at the farm, not just riding, to children and adults with special needs. Samantha and her family live in Currituck, just 10 minutes from the farm where the horses live with their two dogs, various foster dogs, and an alligator snapping turtle named Spike.

♦ Pasquotank County Instructor

Wendy Nixon

wendyWendy Nixon has shared her farm with young people in Elizabeth City for many years as a therapist. She is an experienced horse person who genuinely cares about both people and horses. Wendy has volunteered with MANE & TAILL for the last three years and recently earned her PATH certification as an instructor. She is currently providing individual riding lessons and horsemanship classes to adults and children with special needs in Pasquotank County. Her farm is conveniently located 5 minutes from the Hardees in Elizabeth City and just down the street from Elizabeth City High School. Wendy has made therapeutic horsemanship available to her area so they do not have to travel 45 minutes away to receive services.

♦ EAP/EAL Instructor

Kimberly McGee

kimKimberly McGee has lived on the outer banks with her family and horses for 16 years. She has enjoyed riding and caring for horses since childhood in Pennsylvania. Kimberly is currently certified as an Equine Specialist to practice Equine Assisted Therapy under the EAGALA Model. She is also a certified Equestrian Special Olympics Coach. Kim is the owner of OBX Pony Parties and has enjoyed taking her ponies to children’s birthday parties, carnivals, and various business events throughout the outer banks. Her quarter horse, Sonny, has been her best friend for 15 years and in that time they have participated in horse shows, competitive trail riding, and last year joined the Special Olympics Equestrian Competition where together they helped their athlete earn multiple gold medals! Kim’s sons, Ryan and Jack, are her other best friends and enjoy the horses together, especially when they get to take the horses in parades and on vacation to Mule Days.