Joseph Rae Equestrian Academy
Joseph Rae Equestrian Academy Staff
We are a new school, opening in 2014. We are in the process of hiring our first Executive Director who is also the acting principal. The new person will begin summer of 2014 with building the curriculum to meet each and every students academic needs.
We are in the process of hiring our first teacher for the 2014/2015 academic school year. Our criteria was developed with careful consideration of the student in mind. we intend to hire a professional who will work with individual learning styles to optimize the experience for each student.
Susan Armer - Instructor Assistant
Wyatt Bitzer -Property Manager
Theresa Bitzer - Director of Admissions
- Equestrian Coach and Instructor
Wyatt was born and raised in Hardisty. His family has been farming in the Hardisty area for close to 100 years. In 1983 Wyatt obtained his class 1 license and began his driving career that lasted 23 years with no driving infractions. Wyatt has received multiple safety awards while in service. In 2006 he returned to ranching and building the foundation for the Joseph Rae Equestrian Academy. Wyatt will also act as the transportation coordinator for the academy.
Theresa Bitzer grew up in the Northwest Territories. After graduation, she followed her equine passion to Oregon and worked for 4 years in Arabian show barns as a stall cleaner, feed person, exerciser and groom. In 1991 she returned to the NWT to work with her parents in the family catering business where she met and married Wyatt. After moving to Hardisty, Theresa worked as a play school teacher and volunteer with the 881 Outrider 4H club as a leader. Theresa is part of the 4H Provincial Equine Advisory Committee.
She is passionate about the program at the Joseph Rae Equestrian Academy and is currently acting as Director of Admissions.
Susan horse career began under the strict tutelage of Ms. Burr at the Queen Margaret's School in Duncan, BC, and continued through as a Pony Club member.She has been an active advocate for students and youth . She has served on multiple town councils and boards as a youth advocate. She actively volunteers for 4H as a public speaking judge, equine instructor, and supervisor on field trips .
Susan is at home most in the barns and with the horses of the Joseph Rae Equestrian Academy.