Tryon Equine Hospital P.L.L.C





Our Team


Michelle Klopp

Michelle joined the Tryon Equine team in 2003 as a veterinary technician. She got her first pony at age seven and has been working with horses ever since. Her background includes working at event barns, traveling with a farrier and starting several young quarter horses. In her free time she loves hiking with her Jack Russell, Mckenzie, and showing her Irish Sport Horse, Abe, and participating in hunter paces. She really enjoys taking lessons with him to get ready for upcoming shows. Her special interests include the Thoroughbred racing world and spending time with her mini, Lucky Charm, who while not showing she drives.  When not spending time with her horses, she enjoys spending time in her flower garden and nature.


Linda Parish

Linda joined TEH in 1997 where she serves as an anesthesiologist and lab technologist. Linda started her career in human medicine as a registered Medical Technologist specializing in parasitology and blood banking. She obtained a post graduate degree in immunohematology and was a Head Blood Bank Technologist for many years. She moved to Campobello, SC in 1985 and went to work for Red Fox Veterinary Clinic where she worked with both large and small animals. She enjoys the challenge and diversity of her work and feels it is a privilege to be part of such a talented and dedicated staff. Linda is a Graduate A in Golden’s Bridge Pony Club and has served as a national instructor and rater, and was DC of her Pony Club. She is a certified instructor for NARHA (North American Riding for the Handicapped). During her riding career she has enjoyed fox hunting, competing in 3-Day and Dressage. Over the many years in the veterinary field Linda has served as a mentor and supportive teacher to many technicians and students who have benefited from her great depth of knowledge of medicine and horses and her generous spirit.


Eanna Walker
Eanna joined Tryon Equine in the fall of 2010. She graduated from Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College with an Associates of Science in Veterinary Technology in 2009. She acquired most of her equine knowledge and handling skills working at Camp Glen Arden for their summer riding program in Tuxedo, NC. She’s lived in the Tryon/Columbus area for the past 10 years. In her spare time she enjoys painting, drawing, being outdoors, and enjoying good company.



Janice Fishman
Janice Fishman

Janice joined the Tryon Equine team as a veterinary technician in August 2013.  When growing up and given the choice of riding horses or ballet, she of course chose  horses.  She graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology.  Janice has mostly worked with Thoroughbreds from breeding farms, the racetrack, and breaking and galloping young horses.  She also spent two years as a veterinary technician in Florida.   She is originally from Baltimore and enjoys rooting for both of her hometown teams, the Ravens and the Orioles.  In her spare time she likes to go hiking, biking, and enjoying nature.



Jamie Martell
Jamie Martell

Jamie joined the Tryon Equine team in 2014 as a Veterinary Technician.  She is a 2008 graduate from Bridgewater College in VA.; where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Allied Health. Jamie has always had a love for horses. She started riding at the age of five and received her first horse for her 10th birthday. She was always very active in Pony Club where she obtained a “B” rating and is a certified Horse Management Judge. She is a member of USEA, actively competes in the Eventing world and has completed a One Star.  To stay competitive in Eventing; she completes in local Dressage and Jumper shows. She has a special love for “Off the track” thoroughbreds. When she’s not working or competing, you’ll find Jamie on a trail ride or hiking with her German Shepherd


Stacy Tapp

Stacy joined the Tryon Equine team in 2005, where she now serves as our Practice manager. Stacy is a native of upstate South Carolina. She attended the University of Georgia and received a BS in Equine Science and a minor in Agribusiness in 1999. Stacy grew up riding various disciplines including Hunter / Jumpers and Three Day Eventing.  Outside of the horses, she enjoys running, playing basketball, and spending time with her husband David and their daughter Ivey.


  Rachael Bradley
Rachael TessmerRachael joined Tryon Equine Hospital in August of 2012. Her love affair with horses started at age 11 when she started working off her riding lessons at a farm on the outskirts of Detroit. As a graduate of the Horse Management program at Michigan State University, she had the opportunity to participate in internships and hold a variety of positions in the Hunter/Jumper industry. She moved down to the Carolinas with her beloved thoroughbred, Mister, in January of 2011 to expand her horizons and has loved every minute of her time here. Working at Tryon Equine allows Rachael to help people and their horses which is what she enjoys most. Aside from riding her horse, Rachael enjoys drawing, teaching lessons and hiking with her dog.


Mike Riordan
Mike RiordanMike joined the Tryon Equine team in September 2015. Mike is originally from New Jersey where her love of horses started at age 6. Mike started riding and showing American Saddlebreds through her teen years, spending summers on her family’s working dairy farm in New York State. After she and her husband Tim raised their two sons, they moved to Florida where they lived for 15 years. In 2009, they followed their sons to the Upstate, where Mike has reignited her passion for horses. Mike’s spare time is spent enjoying her six grandchildren, her two dogs Sami and Lilee and riding her Percheron/Thoroughbred friend ‘Opie’.



Sue Gruber

Sue began riding at the age of 10 after that horses was all she wanted to do. Sue worked for lessons by working at the local barns when she reached high school Sue began working for Paul Valliere as a working student. It was at Acre's Wild were she learned a great work ethic with horses. Sue attended college at Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ. After college she began working on the "A" circuit, grooming, managing and riding for trainers like Mark and Peter Leone and later a few private amateur riders. After years of travel and many back issues Sue and her husband decided to settle in Wellington Fl where she joined Palm Beach Equine clinic. Sue concentrated on all aspect of equine care. In 2012 Sue and her husband welcomed their daughter Kendall. With a new family Sue and her husband decided to get back to a quieter lifestyle and move back to more of a country setting to raise their daughter. In July of 2016.  They moved to Polk County and Sue joined our team at Tryon Equine Hospital.


Brittany Cocuzza                         

Brittany joined Tryon Equine in June 2016 following completion of a degree in Veterinary Technology from Alfred State College in Alfred New York. Brittany is originally from New York, where she grew up riding and competing in various disciplines including cutting, reining, working cow horse, western pleasure and horsemanship. Outside of work, Brittany enjoys riding her two quarter horse mares, running with her chocolate lab, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.