Team

Dedicated and Experienced

The NEC team is dedicated to a high standard of management and vigilant care that is reflected in the health of our equine residents and satisfaction of our clients. Each member is experienced in safe handling practices and values physical and mental well being of each horse in the program. From our barn manager to our fitness technicians to our owners – every team member is dedicated to the safety and welfare of your horse.

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Facility Owners

Paula Joyce, MBA

Owner, NOVA Equestrian Center
Owner, NOVA Equine Fitness Center

A lifelong horseman, Paula has orchestrated the integration of horse health, fitness, veterinary oversight, and medicine to further increase riding longevity and enhance the owner-horse bond. The integration of veterinary-management to an equestrian and fitness center further embodies her commitment to the overall well-being of every horse.

Jay Joyce, DVM

Consulting Veterinarian, NOVA Equine Fitness Center
Owner, Total Equine Veterinary Associates

Dr. Joyce serves the Fitness Center by either directly managing individual horse fitness plans or working very closely with referral veterinarians for reconditioning and rehabilitation plans. Dr. Joyce helps direct the Equestrian Center’s nutrition, health, deworming, and biosecurity programs.

For more about Total Equine Veterinary Associates and Dr. Joyce: www.totalequinevets.com

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Fitness Center Team

Anna Ernst

NEFC Technician

16 years of riding (Eventers & Jumpers, competing at 1.10m and schooling at 1.35m)                                                                8 years teaching students of all ages and levels at Difficult Run Pony Club, member thru C-3 level

Alexa Knoell

NEFC Technician

BS, Animal Science and Pre-Vet option – Livestock and Equine Emphasis from VA Tech
Riding for 8 years – Hunters & Eventing
Also works at Total Equine Veterinary Associates

Brooke Fletcher

NEFC Technician

Trains with AQHA Professional Horseman/Trainer, Petey Wright
Barrel racing, Ranch Sorting, Team Penning
Starts 2-year-olds

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Equestrian Center Team

Brooke Fries

NEC Barn Manager
NEFC Technician

AA, Business Administration from NVCC

BS, Business Administration from UMGC

2022 United States Hunter Jumper Association Emerging Athletes Program as a Stable Manager trainee

Hunters, restarts and rehabilitates off-the-track thoroughbreds

Managed many horse shows, events, clinics

NEC Equine Support Team

Manual #1NEC Facility Manager, resides on-site with his family

Manual #2NEC Lead Caretaker

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