Our People

Kathryn Cecere-Owner, Trainer, Instructor & Coach

Kathryn Cecere is the guiding force behind the success of Harmony Horse Stables.  She grew up on a breeding farm/riding school and has been teaching since she was 14 years old.  Kathryn’s horse is Commadore a Hanoverian/Morgan Dressage horse with beautiful movement. Everybody loves to ride Commadore because he is such a joy to ride! It should be no surprise that one of Kathryn’s favorite breed of horses is the Morgan for their “I can do anything attitude.”  Kathryn brings a “can do” attitude to her students and has brought many of her riders up thru the ranks to achieve their goals. Over the years Kathryn’s students have won many Area, Regional, and National Championships.

Along with teaching, and coaching Kathryn brings innovation and fun to her lessons. Many lessons are creative and interesting, and the students just love them.

Kathryn has studied with Michael Poulin, Paul Andrea, Lendon Gray, Jerry Schurink & Denny Emerson and has been teaching, training and managing for over 35 years.  Her dreams of an award-winning stable have come to fruition at Harmony.

Favorite Dunks Run – Med Hot Coffee, Cream Only – Yes, even in 90 degree weather!

“I love that every day I drive to work I know I will spend my day with wonderful horses and wonderful people. We are a devoted group and enjoy working together to bring our best to the table. Some days this process is difficult and trying. Some days this process is exciting, humorous, rewarding, and gratifying.  Wouldn’t change a thing!” ~ Kathryn

Dennis Cecere – Owner & CFO

Dennis Cecere is a full-time musician & full-time horse lover!  His favorite horse was Pirate, a Hanoverian Warmblood and his favorite breed is the Morgan.  He graduated from Berklee College of Music, where he is now a Professor of Ensembles.  He is an independent producer in the pop & rock recording market, has performed in countless concerts for such groups as the Shangra-Las, the Platters, the Drifters, the Marvelettes, Johnny Preston & Lou Christie as well as Boston Big Band, Silver Bullet Swing Orchestra, Compaq Big Band & Mike Girard’s Big Swinging Thing (a great show – you should see it!).  At Harmony, Dennis performs amazing feats of financial management that ensure that everyone at Harmony, from horses to students & staff, is having fun, well cared for and safe.

Favorite Dunks Run – Real Coffee, 3 creams & 2 sugars

“Music and horses create a unique harmony for me.  Watching everyone grow in our organization – staff, students & horses – makes me smile.  Many of our people have been with us for years upon years, starting in the program when they’re young – coming back after college, after getting married – they are all part of the Harmony family. What we’ve created here has helped so many families.” ~ Dennis

Holly Beth Morway – Office Manager

Adrianna Fetterman – Barn Manager

Tracey Bennett – Night Barn Leader

Lauren Donohue – Instructor & NVET Coach

Lauren Donohue, instructor and coach of Harmony’s IEA/AEL team, participated as an IHSA Team Rider from 2009 – 2013 (Open).  Now she’s a motivating force for her students and instills the same teamwork skills in the NVET riders that she honed during her years with the IHSA team.  In lessons and in her coaching, Lauren challenges her students to bring their best to every ride.   

Favorite Dunks Run – Lauren doesn’t like Dunks coffee (We all love her anyway!)

“I love the staff I get to work with – we always have such a blast together.  But my favorite part is how rewarding it is to watch riders grow with us, as horsepersons and humans, with the experience we provide for our students.” ~ Lauren

Kate Chesson – Show Coach

Courtney Rudnick

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