Our Team

Dixie Cowles, EAGALA Team

After 30 years teaching elementary and middle school, Dixie is enjoying retirement and spending more time with the horses. She serves on the EAGALA team as the Equine Specialist and participates in Horse & Harp programs by overseeing the activities with horses.

Dixie began riding with her father throughout the phosphate mines of central Florida. She was introduced to saddle seat when the family moved to Chicago. In college, she rode hunt seat.  She has come full circle and is enjoying the classic seat and riding the Tennessee Walking Horses. When she is not working with the EAGALA Team, Dixie exercises horses for a trainer in the area. She also performs on an equestrian drill team.

Janet Lombardo, Horse & Harp Founder

Janet is a harpist, singer-songwriter, and a healthcare professional. She is certified in the field of prosthetics and orthotics. During her career, she began coordinating equestrian events for individuals with physical challenges. This experience exposed her to the impact of horses on people's lives, and rekindled her childhood love for horses. As a result, she resumed horseback riding in earnest, and became a member of the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) and the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH). Janet has combined her passion for horses and for music into a healing-oriented program offered to individuals that are working through the hurtful places in life. As the harpist for Horse & Harp, she is joined by a team of professionals in counseling and equine-assisted learning.‚Äč

Susan Jung, Licensed Professional Counselor, EAGALA Certified

Susan facilitates the interactive sessions for Horse & Harp. She has been an elementary school counselor for 36 years. After graduating from the University of Florida, she moved to Texas and was very active in the counseling organizations. She is a licensed professional counselor in Georgia. Her practice, Winning Strides, Ltd., offers counseling both in the office and in the arena with horses. Finding EAGALA many years ago was the "perfect fit" for combining counseling skills and the presence of horses in her life and career goals.

Susan began riding at the age of four and has a passion for children and horses. She is a certified riding instructor for the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association and has served as a Walking Horse judge.