Priscilla Lightsey | Founder
Dr. Lightsey is a life-long horse enthusiast who has a passion for serving children with special needs. She worked at R.O.C.K. (Ride on Center for Kids) before moving to Beijing. Her credentials include a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Master of Arts in Special Education, Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist and PATH Int’l Certified Instructor. When not in Beijing, Priscilla works at ROCK and TAMU Courtney Cares Therapeutic Riding Program.
Luna Sun | Director of Operations & Programing
Ms. Sun holds a degree in education, is bilingual in Chinese and English, and owned an English Language school in Shanghai. Originally a volunteer at HOPE, she became the HOPE Director of Operations and Programing in 2015. Ms. Sun has worked closely with Dr. Lightsey and Manuela Tournier to learn about therapeutic horsemanship and to refine her equestrian skills. In 2016 Ms. Sun participated in a Primary Equestrian Training course at Huijia Equestrian Club. In 2017, Ms. Sun spent 2 months in Texas, U.S., at ROCK and TAMUS CC, to enhance her skills in therapeutic horsemanship, NGO management, and natural horsemanship. It is in large part due to Ms. Sun – her skills and hard work – that HOPE obtained our NGO status in 2017.
Manuela Tournier | Director of Equine Matters & RDA Certified Instructor
Ms. Tournier has over 30 years of experience in the equine industry, with expertise in: stable management, racing, training, and coaching. She has trained professional stable personnel, as well as non-professional riders. Mrs. Tournier has worked at 9 Dragon Hills Polo Club (Zhejiang) and the Shanghai Jockey Club as the Training Center Manger and Senior Instructor. Before joining the HOPE team in 2017, she most recently served as Head Administrator for the European Federation of Thoroughbred Breeders Association in France. Ms. Tournier holds an Instructor Certification from RDA (Riding for the Disabled Association), has been a coach for the Special Olympics at the Shanghai Equestrian Center, and has worked at the Hong Kong Jockey Club RDA program. The HOPE team appreciates her unique combination of equestrian skills and therapeutic horsemanship experience.
Omid | Equine Affairs Assistant
Omid is from Qinghai and has been a member of the HOPE team since 2017. He demonstrates natural natural skills with both our horses and our HOPE participants.
Caitlin has graciously shared her horse and RDA experience with HOPE. She has been a committed and valuable HOPE team member since 2013.
Alice served as the HOPE veterinarian, horse trainer, and riding instructor to children of varying abilities. Alice has returned to Australia but HOPE remains grateful for her many hours of service.
Yanbo remains a member of the HOPE team in China, After performing as Willem Dafoe’s riding double in the movie “The Great Wall”, Yanbo is now filming a second movie.