Mrs. Lesa Ellanson is a lifelong devotee of the great outdoors. She manages New Hope Farms Equestrian Park, a renowned international equestrian facility in upstate New York. She is a nationally certified riding instructor with the distinguished American Riding Instructors Association. She has managed and taught horsemanship classes for teens and adults. Mrs Ellanson helped facilitate therapeutic riding on behalf of the Treasures of Heaven summer retreat for special needs children and their families. She is the founder of New Eden Equestrian Academy, Inc., a non-profit educational, athletic and religious organization committed to ethical horsemanship and animal welfare. Mrs. Ellanson is licensed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in wildlife rescue. She is the founding member of the Family Firearms Association, an NRA certified pistol instructor, and a certified Range Safety Officer. In addition to riding instructions, she teaches firearm safety and gives field training in shooting sports with exclusive sessions devoted to women and girls.