METF Leadership

METF is governed by a volunteer board of directors serving three-year terms.  METF directors receive no monetary compensation for their efforts in support of equine trails.  METF directors typically have experience serving on a not-for-profit board, general business or entrepreneurial experience, and a desire to pay it forward with what they have, know, or have access to. It's expected that directors have at least two years equine trail riding experience and have demonstrated their commitment toward the purposes of METF.

Sara Anderson

Sara, from Modoc, Indiana, is a lifetime member of the Indiana Trail Riders Association and an avid trail rider on her mule, Holley. Holley and Sara have ridden in 21 states. Sara’s professional career has included a variety of experiences all relating to agriculture, starting with a degree in animal science from Purdue University to owning and managing Doubletree Swine to selling breeding stock nationally and internationally. She also served eight years on Wayne County Council. She was the equine nutrition specialist for Indiana and Ohio for several years before being asked to be the program manager for Indiana’s Certified Livestock Program. She finished out her professional career as Vice President of Crop Insurance for Farm Credit Mid-America. Sara currently is semi-retired but is still active in crop farming in Wayne County. Sara is passionate about preserving and protecting the horse trails in the Midwest, including Indiana and Illinois. She believes METF donations and grants provide much-needed funding to leave a legacy of horse trails for the future generations.

Ed Cullison

Ed is a graduate of Indiana University. He worked in banking and finance for more than 40 years. He retired as president from Farmers and Mechanics Federal Savings Bank in October of 2019 and has enjoyed every minute of retirement. He stays active in the community. He was elected to the advisory board for Center Township. He is also on the fire territory board, REMC board, and Farmers and Mechanics board. On the creative side, Ed started creating objects out of used horseshoes. He enjoys experiencing the great outdoors on horseback. 

Jamie Harvey

Jamie, from Liberty, Indiana, is a lifetime member of the Indiana Trail Riders Association.  Her current trail riding mount is her trusty Appaloosa steed-ette, Mighty Sweet Pistol (Sweet P).  Jamie has been riding since she was four years old.   She travels nearly every weekend to ride with her husband, Barry, and the “famous” Forrest, the trail dog.  Jamie has been a 4-H leader for over 30 years and is an avid supporter of youth equine programs, such as coaching horse judging teams and taking a horse bowl team to eighth in the nation.  In her professional life, Jamie is an attorney, focusing on elder law.  She serves on the board of the Indiana Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.  She strives to be active in the community by sitting on several boards.  Whitewater State Park in Liberty is Jamie’s hometown park.  She and Barry do trail maintenance and communicate regularly with the Whitewater management about the trails and horseman’s campground.  

Rex Whiteleather

Rex has owned horses and been an avid trail rider since 1981. He and his wife, Laura have been ITRA members since the 1980's. He is originally from Fort Wayne and currently lives near Salamonie Lake. The Whiteleathers are horse trail maintenance volunteers at Salamonie. Together they started the Power the Camp campaign in 2018 to get electricity installed at the Salamonie Lake horseman's campground. Rex enjoys promoting the bridle trails of Indiana public lands. 

Officers of METF serve three-year terms that are renewable by majority vote of the Board of Directors.  Officers receive no monetary compensation for their efforts on behalf of equine trails.

Greg Hersberger, President

Chris Riehl

Chris resides outside Versailles, Indiana with his wife, Nanci, and their horses, dogs and cat. After graduating from Eastern Kentucky University, he worked for several years in various roles as a managerial manufacturing accountant. He’s been actively involved with the Indiana Trail Riders Association for several years and values its core principles. He and his family are actively involved in maintaining and improving trails primarily at Versailles State Park and, prior to that, at Yellowwood State Forest. He helped organize the Midwest Equine Trail Foundation, whose purpose is to seek funding for educating, designing, maintaining and building equine trails. During Chris’s tenure in METF leadership, the organization was able to fund ITRA’s equipment purchases of a Rock Hauler and a Vermeer mini-skid steer through grants and private donations. These pieces of equipment have made ITRA much more effective in maintaining horse trails.  Chris loves to trail ride and camp. He appreciates seeing nature from atop a horse and wants to help future generations to enjoy that view as well. 

Emilie Britt

From Terre Haute, Indiana, part of ITRA since getting my 1st horse as an adult, Guy – a rescue from Horse Angles in Southern Indiana. He is now retired living the good life after 10 years across the country trail riding together. Working on getting my new young horse to be an outstanding trail mount like Guy. Graduate of both Indiana State University & Ball State University with a BS & Masters degrees both in Accounting. Spent about 6 years in public accounting & consulting with a focus on federal government clients performing financial statement audits & special projects for audit readiness. Went on to corporate accounting for 3.5 years, consolidating financial statements for a large hospital system. Currently working for the state retirement system where I have spent time in payroll/procurements & special financial projects. My husband & I trail ride every chance we can & volunteer at work days to make our trails better and safer for all to enjoy. We always have all 3 of our dogs camping with us, you will see them walking through camp, but not on the trails, they truly are house dogs.