Meet Thorncroft

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Join us for a visit… Thorncroft since 1969


Thorncroft strives to develop the physical and emotional well-being of all who come to the farm.

In an environment of love and respect, Thorncroft helps individuals grow and excel in ways never believed possible.

Thorncroft is committed to helping individuals of all abilities heal, grow and develop through the use of 24 instructors, over 30 horses, 2 indoor arenas on 70 acres of open space.

Welcoming our new office manager, Lisa!

lisa hirschLisa has been a lifelong equestrian and equine advocate. In the last five years she has focused primarily on therapeutic riding instruction and believes strongly in the benefit of the horse/human bond. In the last two years she has earned the Advanced Level Riding Instructor certification with PATH International as well as the Mentor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning designations.


“A good instructor is only there to be a translator between horse and rider. My favorite thing about my job is watching the tremendous physical and emotional healing that can happen when a horse enters the equation. I’ve seen it happen over and over again and it’s something that can’t be replicated. I have always wanted to be involved in a program that is able to reach people from all walks of life and I’m happy I’ve found that in Thorncroft.”

Lisa comes from a family of horsemen, most notably her father who is an accomplished trainer, clinician and author. By the age of six her great-grandmother had bought her a horse of her own and by fourteen she qualified for the Horse Judging National Finals, beginning her lifelong career as an instructor.

By age 28 she had managed and operated her family’s riding academy and boarding business for 6 years and trained under several world class Hunter/Jumper trainers across the US and Canada, including the US Olympic Show Jumping coach.

She then went on to earn the Intermediate and Advanced certifications in three disciplines with the ARICP and was recommended by the American Riding Instructors Association as 1 of 5 instructors across the United States to be interviewed by Horse & Rider magazine.

Over the years she has competed in multiple disciplines some of which include Combined Training and western gaming, and has been involved in equine rescue and rehabilitation, primarily with retraining track horses.

In her spare time Lisa likes traveling and spending time with her three teenagers.



190 Line Road
Malvern, PA 19355
610.644.9342 (fax)

Inclement weather policy: While we do not encourage driving in inclement weather we will always have an instructor available if you choose to attend your lesson. Please call the office 610.644.1963 if you are unable to attend.

Monday - Friday:
7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: closed

Holiday Closings: New Year’s Eve at 5pm, New Years Day, Memorial Day Weekend Fri - Mon, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve at 5pm, Christmas Day