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The DeCesari Team

EMILY THARP - Barn Manager


Emily goes above and beyond to care for the horses and keep the barn organized! From doing massage and stretching, exercising and grooming the horses, she’s a huge asset to the DeCesari Dressage team!

She was born and raised in Tucson, AZ and became hooked on horses at a young age after attending a horse camp. No one else in her family rides, but she knew horses were “in her blood”.


Emily has been riding since 10 years old. She started primarily in Western and some English riding. From Natural Horsemanship to instructing lessons to working as a Wrangler, she’s had a variety of riding experience and teaching experience that Laura values for her program. 

She also is a Certified Equine Massage Therapist and constantly trying to help the horses feel their best through massage, stretching and using laser and magnetic therapies on the horses. In her small amount of spare time she will go home and research what other tools will help each horse. 

We are so happy to have her as part of the team!

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Tyson Clark has been a part of the DeCesari Equestrian team since Day One. Tyson has been shoeing horses since he was a teenager. He is a huge advocate of continuing education and competes on a regular basis at the World Championship Blacksmith, American Farriers Association, World Horseshoeing Classic and multiple state association clinics and competitions. He believes, just like Equestrian athletes that compete, you should always have your work evaluated so you can keep improving. Just recently, Tyson selected for the American Farriers Association team that competes internationally against some of the best farrier teams in the world.  


Tyson shoes our horses with the basic principles in mind. He is always saying, “strong hoof capsule leads for strong performance”. Tyson is very skilled in making his own horseshoes and fits each shoe specifically to each foot. He is one to leave as much surrounding hoof structure on the horse that he possibly can.


Tyson likes to work as a team with the riders and everyone involved to make sure he is on the right path for the horse.

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