Meet the Herd

Marie-Claude Stockl

Marie-Claude “MC” Stockl combined her two passions, horses and corporate life, by creating The Horse Institute in 2005. She currently serves as President of the Equine Experiential Education Association (E3A).

A native of France, she began her career in New York, where she reported to Presidents and CEOs at Nestlé Foods, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Revlon for twenty years.

She has coached Olympic medalists, and coordinated events with a former United States president, James Earl Jones, Michael Jackson, Claudia Schiffer, Cindy Crawford, Angela Lansbury, Henri Wrinkler, and other newsmakers.

MC graduated summa cum laude from the University of Paris, France, with a Master’s Degree in Communications.  She is a certified facilitator and executive coach (ACTP).

Larry Stockl

Larry Stockl is a co-founder of The Horse Institute. He has a keen ability to select the right activities and the right horses for individual and group sessions. He received his training in equine assisted learning from the Equine Experiential Education Association (E3A), and from Greg Kersten and Tim Manson.

Prior to this, Larry spent 10 years as a director of airline relations at American Express in New York City, and with Globus Gateway before that.

Born and raised in California, Larry has traveled around the globe.

With his extensive background in the travel industry and equine expertise, he is uniquely positioned to ensure that corporate seminars and retreats at The Horse Institute run smoothly, and that all participants’ needs are met.

Jerry Michaels

Jerry Michaels brings an extensive background that includes twenty years as a coach for the world’s largest companies, and teaching Psychology of Communication and Motivational Psychology in the graduate department at New York University.

He has appeared on national programs including the “CBS Evening News” and “Good Morning America” to discuss stress management. He has created motivational programs for U.S. Olympic teams since 1972, and is a sought-after keynote speaker at national and regional conferences.

Jerry holds an MS degree in Psychology from New York University.  He received his training in equine assisted learning from the Equine Experiential Education Association (E3A).

Caroline Phipps

Caroline Phipps is a lifelong horsewoman who brings a wealth of experience in reading the language of the horse. She adds a unique dimension to our programs because of her ability to help people achieve wellness and balance. She received her training in equine assisted learning from the Equine Experiential Education Association (E3A), and from Greg Kersten and Tim Manson.

A native of Henley-on-Thames, England, Caroline holds a degree from the University College Cardiff (Wales) with an honors degree in English.


Henri is so sweet and forgiving, we should all be like Henri.  He worked very hard as a competitor, and never lost his trust in humans.  It’s a gift to see him interact with people, and help them accomplish more than they ever thought possible.

Claudia Barron

Claudia Barron loves all animals, and they love her in return.  The barn is a happier place because she is there.  In the past 30 years, she has gained extensive experience as barn manager and trainer in such diverse areas as driving, dressage, Icelandic and race horses.

She apprenticed under US Olympic Rider Gary Rockwell, and taught horseback riding and stable management at Pace University.


Nessie, a Canadian sport horse, is a gentle giant.  She recently retired from a long career as a field hunter.  Her ground manners are impeccable, and she rewards clear communication.


Classie is an off-the-track thoroughbred with a stellar pedigree.  He found a second career as a show jumper, and is now a valued member of the herd.  He leaves people wondering: is this horse really reading my mind?

Mr. Nine

Mr. Nine, a percheron/quarter horse cross, is a long-time resident of the farm who is enjoying active retirement. He loves his job as co-facilitator at The Horse Institute. Nine has a gift for bringing out the quiet leaders.


Bob is always ready for the next adventure.  His “joie de vivre” is contagious.

He is a working Canadian Sport Horse who takes care of Larry when he is not on the faculty of The Horse Institute.


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