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Meghan Lyons Cowan
Founder, Executive Director

Daughter of an avid foxhunting dad, Meghan was destined to a life of horsemanship. From a very early age you could have found her riding bareback after school, to weekends spending countless hours in the saddle, up with the whips of her families foxhunting pack. Her interests blossomed into carriage driving, paper chases, hunter jumper shows and long distance trail riding. In early adulthood nursing school took precedence, then starting her family. Soon after, however she resumed seeking relationships with her equine friends on a more consistent basis including starting a small riding program. 
 
Several years ago, while witnessing a close friend, only days out of a coma, sit astride a horse at a therapeutic riding center, she watched this riding experience breath new life into her friend. Amazed at what she witnessed, she soon sought the training needed to become a certified therapeutic riding instructor. For nearly 15 years, Meghan has experienced endless joy aiding amazing people towards oneness with their steeds, either through her teaching or through educational opportunities.
 
In addition to a teaching position, she had been the director of education at Thorncroft Equestrian Center in Malvern, PA organizing instructor courses and learning opportunities for those in the horse community, including hosting clinicians from all over the world. She loved mentoring riding teachers and educating others in the therapy realm of the positive impact horses possess. She was also honored to hold the Chair position as Locust Lane Riding Center in Coatesville, PA as they processed through their start up as a non-profit. She was privledged to study interactive vaulting on an international level in Kurten:Biesfeld Germany under the direction of Marietta Schulz and the late Barbara Heine. She thrives on helping others understand horse dynamics and to find new ways to connect and communicate with horses to make for a positive experience for both horse and human.
 
Meghan founded Lasata Farm in 2008 with a vision to serve her local community. Knowing full well the power horses possess to help people on countless levels, she longs to provide an atmosphere of safety, education and personal growth which comes through working with equines yet impacts lives well beyond their time at the farm. 
 
She carries certifications with PATH International (the former North America Riding for the Handicapped), Centered Riding (Level II), EAGALA (Certified Equine Professional), Thorncroft Equestrian Center Instructors Course and has passed Phase I & II for Pennsylvania Council of Therapeutic Horsemanship. Currently she is growing in her knowledge and skills with her own horses and partaking in education to become a certified yoga instructor as she feels yoga tools are profoundly impactful for her students. Her current passion is studying horse behavior and learning and implementing natural horsemanship techniques in her work.
When Meghan is not working with her equine partners, you can find her hanging out with her family, trail running and hiking, gardening, practicing yoga, kayaking, reading or serving others in her community.
 
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