Summer Staff Introductions, Continued: Summer Horseback Riding Staff

05.28.2016 By Ellen King

We’re continuing on with announcing our 2016 summer staff. Today we’re introducing our Horseback Riding Staff!

Tess May









Name: Tess May
Hometown: Ironwood, Michigan

This summer you will find Tess up at the stables as Clearwater’s Horseback Riding Director. A graduate of Purdue University with degrees in Wildlife Biology and Theater, Tess has spent the past few years working in environmental education and as a volunteer in the peace corps, but has always returned to riding through her love for horses.

This summer Tess is looking forward to getting to know Clearwater’s traditions, and meeting the staff and campers. Her friends describe her as passionate, optimistic, and fun. When she’s not riding she likes to read, travel, hike, and watch netflix. She’s excited to embrace camp culture by dressing up and acting silly for talent shows and theme days!

Natalie 1

Name: Natalie Shinn
Camper: 7 years
Hometown: Topeka Kansas

As a longtime camper, Natalie always enjoyed her experience outdoors at Clearwater. Natalie is currently a Junior at Kansas State University where she studies animal science and business. Natalie has been riding horses since 2008 and will be joining Tess at the stables this summer as a Horseback Riding Assistant.

Natalie is looking forward to being able to demonstrate to campers the connection she has grown to admire between a rider and a horse, and its many benefits. She can’t wait to see old friends and make new ones too!

Emily Beasley









Name: Emily Beasley
Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Emily will be working as a Horseback Riding Assistant this summer with Natalie and Tess. This will be Emily’s first summer at Clearwater, and in Wisconsin for that matter, as she recently accepted a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. She has spent the past 5 years working at Louisiana State University.

This summer Emily is looking forward to sharing her passion for riding and horses with all of the campers, meeting new people in what will soon be her “home” state, and spending all summer outdoors. When she’s not busy at school, she loves to write, read, and practice yoga.


Be sure to stop by next week when we’ll continue to introduce more of our staff!

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