Tara Kolesar LAMP graduated summa cum laude with Bachelors of Science degrees in Equine Studies and Business. She is licensed and certified to practice equine massage by the Washington State Department of Health and the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage.
Tara began working with horses at nine years old as a working student. She continued to develop a strong foundation in many equine disciplines in Delaware Valley College’s (DVC’s) four-year degree program. Tara excelled at DVC, winning the college’s most prestigious Founder’s Day Award, which is awarded to one outstanding student each year. Tara also passed the British Horse Society’s mock tests: stage one riding and stage two horse care and knowledge.
DVC’s curriculum provided Tara with a broad education, with coursework including Dressage, Hunt Seat, Driving, Vaulting, and much more. Tara focused her studies on equine health, anatomy, and massage therapy. She served as a Teaching Assistant for DVC’s Equine Massage course. Outside of her studies, Tara coached the college’s vaulting team and competed in driving-single pony, where she often placed first and reserve champion.
After graduating from DVC, Tara moved to Redmond, WA and worked as an assistant dressage trainer. She continued her training and education by studying Large Animal Massage at the Northwest School of Animal Massage. Now, Tara is owner and therapist (LAMP) of Back in Stride Equine Massage Therapy and is looking forward to meeting new clients throughout the Puget Sound and Eastside. Our service area includes but is not limited to: Redmond, Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah, Woodinville, Duvall, Carnation, Bothell, Seattle, Fall City, and Sammamish.