Meghan Lyons Cowan
Owner/Operator of Lasata Farm LLC
Executive Director of Lasata 501c3

Daughter of an avid foxhunting father, 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 LLC 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. 

As Lasata Farm LLC grew, Meghan was confronted with the fact that a large percentage of the individuals who needed the services provided by Lasata Farm struggled financially. In 2015 she started the process to create a non-profit organzation which would primarily ease the financial burden of the services the farm provided to those who needed it the most. In 2016, Lasata 501c3 was started. Fundrasing efforts afford the therapeutic offerings at the farm and also provide for scholarships for those who utlize our services. 
She carries certifications with PATH International (Therapeutic Riding Instruction and Equine Specialist in Mental Health), Centered Riding (Level II), EAGALA (Certified Equine Professional), Thorncroft Equestrian Center Instructors Course and also holds certification through CECTH (Council for Education and Certification in Therapeutic Horsemanship) as a Pennsylvania Qualified Instructor . 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.

Debbie Anderson
Instructor at Lasata Farm LLC
Chairman of Lasata 501c3

 Deb lives in Landenberg with her husband Tom, two golden retrievers, and two horses. They have been blessed with two children: Lauren and Tommy, and two grandchildren: Brooklyn and Addison. Deb's passion for horses began at the young age of six, after her first pony ride at the Jersey shore. After raising her children, she retired as the office manager in their family-owned business, and was able to pursue her dream of working with, and owning her own horse. Her volunteering journey began at a local boarding facility, learning the ins and outs of horse care. From 2008 through 2013, Deb volunteered at a therapeutic riding facility where she became certified as a therapeutic instructor. She has been with Lasata since 2016, where she enjoys sharing her knowledge of horsemanship with children and adults, and witnessing how a relationship between horse and rider can truly transform and heal. Deb's other hobbies include trail riding, playing tennis and skiing. 

Katelyn Stoltzfus
Instructor at Lasata Farm LLC

Katelyn was born and raised on a 300-acre cattle farm. From a very early age, she knew she wanted to work with children and animals when she got older. A member of 4-H, she spent ten years showing cattle, sheep and pigs and learned leadership and teamwork from being on the international winning livestock team of 2017. Katelyn, at the age of 18 years old became a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and is employed at Lasata Farm. Her job enables her to help children and adults learn about horse safety, work on communication and relationship skills, and build strength. Katelyn believes that all of her past experiences have made her who she is today, and working with the Lasata community has allowed
her to fulfill her dream.