Meet our instructors
Jessica Snyder has been riding and caring for horses for almost all of her life. She grew up riding Hunters/Jumpers and spent some time eventing during college. Jessica loves to break up the monotony of ring work and expand the limits of both her and her horse’s comfort zone by taking field trips into new disciplines, such as trail riding, paper chases, and obstacle challenges. She’s currently enjoying bringing along her newest project, a three year old off the track Standardbred mare.
During high school and college, Jessica worked as a groom, stable hand, and riding instructor. During this time, she learned many of the ins and outs of boarding, caring for horses, and running a lesson program. By combining those years of hands on experience with her Bachelor of Science in Economics from Purdue University, she was able to design and establish Bay Point Equestrian Center.
Mallory Distler began riding at age 8 when she joined her local Pony Club group. She remained active in Pony Club until she went to college at Purdue University 10 years later. This experience provided her with a solid foundation of riding, training, and horsemanship knowledge. Mallory has been teaching riding lessons for over 15 years, beginning in college and continuing even after graduation while she was working for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. After 3 years as the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Breed Development Coordinator, she realized her heart belonged in the barn, and she traded in her desk job to teach and ride full time. Mallory now has a string of competition horses and is aiming for Land Rover Kentucky 3 Day Event in 2021, with future sights set on one day riding for the US Team.
Molly McElroy started riding horses when she was 6 years old. She spent most of her time volunteering and working at equestrian centers and therapeutic riding centers. She has been competitive in the hunters, jumpers, equitation, and a little eventing! In college, Molly was the 3 year Captain of the IHSA team leading the 30 member team to both regionals and zone finals, a member of the eventing team, and Vice President of Equine Therapy. Molly loves to share her passion by teaching riders of all ages how to ride and learn the beauty and bond developed between horse and rider. She graduated from Wilson college with an Equine Facilitated Therapeutics degree, and was named Wilson college All Equestrian. She is now competing IHSA Alumni in hopes of qualifying for the nationals.