Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship Staff

Karen, Executive Director, Partners TH
Laura B, Assistant Program Manager

Karen Crampton

Executive Director

PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Karen is a co-founder and Executive Director of Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship. She became a PATH certified therapeutic riding instructor in 2001 after obtaining a degree from SDSU and a 25-year career in Graphic Design.  She also owns and runs a commercial and residential property family enterprise. She has ridden for over 35 years in various disciplines, including dressage, jumping, trail, and polo. A former Helix High School band mom/board president, she has two grown, married children, and four grandchildren.  

Laura Barton

Program Manager

PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor


Laura was raised in Ohio riding hunter/jumper and currently enjoys trail riding with her Mustang, Rocky. She holds an economics degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, and a law degree from UVA in Charlottesville, VA. After practicing law for ten years, she raised four kids and became a CASA (court-appointed special advocate for foster youth) volunteer. She began volunteering at a therapeutic riding facility in Bonita in 2013 and in 2015, mentored with Karen Crampton and became a PATH Certified Instructor with Partners. She is always looking for more ways to help the program, and to continue working with challenged individuals.  


Bobbi Buettgenbach

Business Manager

Equine Manager

Bobbi, originally from the Minneapolis area, and a graduate of the University of Minnesota, retired after 35 years of intensive care nursing with VA Hospitals, in Chicago, Minneapolis, and San Diego.  She held administrative responsibilities for much of that time. Bobbi is a former competitor on the A show hunter/jumper circuit and has been involved with therapeutic riding since 2002. She is one of the original staff of Partners, and was Partners' Volunteer of the Year for 2014.

Bobbi is a past president of the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce. She has dog named Gracie.

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Emily Pierce

Program Coordinator

CTRI Instructor Candidate

Emily is a native of San Diego and is currently working towards her PATH instructor certification. She started riding at the age of ten and spent many years exploring San Diego’s trails on horseback. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from San Diego State University in 2016 with a degree in education and a specialty in mathematics. Emily has numerous years of experience in the special needs’ community. Working with Partners has given Emily the unique opportunity to combine her passion for teaching and her love of horses. 

Lena Daugherty

PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Lena has been an instructor at Partners since 2018 and recently  and is a PATH CTRI.  She grew up in San Diego and is raising her two children here. She started horseback riding at the age of nine. Horses and riding have provided a balance in her life, contrasting and complimenting the rigors of her competitive ice skating and ballet. She completed a fitness training certification at UCSD, and became ACE certified in 2006. She plays roller derby both professionally and on amateur teams. Lena is currently under training in dressage with her beautiful palomino, Bella. 

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Kristen Yeatman
Equine Coordinator

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Nancy, Tack Consultant

Nancy Wooton

Tack Consultant

Selected as Volunteer of the Year, 2013, Nancy Wooton has become our tack expert, and in addition, is always available to help with lessons or behind the scenes. She helps with the horses' weekly grooming needs and loves to exercise them.  Nancy Wooton has been associated with therapeutic riding since 2000. Those who worked with her before Partners, know she has remained a consistent presence, advocating for the horse and the rider. Nancy has excelled at fitting saddles correctly so that our horses no longer "complain" of sore backs.