Meet the Equestrian Staff


Lea Edwards  –  Department Head

Greetings everyone,

The ponies and I are looking forward to our 3rd fabulous summer at Camp Vega.  I’ve had many years heading equestrian programs at summer camps but so very lucky to have found Camp Vega! It by far is the most beautiful summer home you could ask for.  I love teaching young equestrians to ride and sharing my passion for the ponies. What I do when I’m not at camp? I take clients fox hunting, horse showing, and go to the steeplechase races. I can’t wait to meet my staff and have another GREAT summer at Camp Vega.  See you soon!


Hi everyone! My name is Barbara and I’m from Poland. This year will be my 3rd year at Camp Vega and I cannot be more excited about sharing my passion for equestrian with you! I graduated from university in Lublin, Poland receiving my masters in Hippology and Horse Riding. I have my own horses and I work as a horse trainer and also as a horse riding instructor. Equestrian is more than a passion for me- it’s my way of life! I can’t wait to be back!



Hello! My name is Victor Hugo Barbosa. I am a graduated with a French teaching degree. I currently live in Puebla, Mexico. This is my third year and the second in equestrian. I love outdoor activities and teaching others by example. I am very happy to return to Camp Vega because it’s my summer home. I can’t wait to see my four legged friends again and help the campers to learn new things and live an incredible summer



Hey everyone! My name is Ella and I’m from the country just out of Melbourne, Australia. This will be my first year at camp and I can’t wait to be apart of the Vega family! I will be working as a part of the equestrian staff this summer to share with you my love of horses.  I’ve always loved horses and have been begging my parents for one since I was little, when I was 11 I finally got my first horse and have been riding ever since! I can’t wait to meet you all and have the best summer together! 




Hi everyone! My name is Katie and I’m from the North East suburbs of Illinois and am currently studying at Loyola University. This will be my first year working at camp and I can’t wait to share my love for horses with everyone! I have been riding since the age of six, and now help train the new green horses at an equestrian center near my home. I can’t wait to meet you all and have an amazing summer together!



Hey there! My name is Saara and I’m from Finland. I’m really excited about this summer and this is my first year at Camp Vega! I will teach you guys how to love horses and being around them. I was four years old when I rode for first time alone. It was love at first sight. I can’t wait to see you all!





Hi! My name is Adrianna and I’m so excited for my first summer at Camp Vega! I’m thrilled to get to work in the Equestrian Department as an instructor this summer. I live near Boston Massachusetts. I’ve been in love with horses since I was two and have been riding for 13 years now. I’m studying Equine Business at Clemson University and look forward to getting to spend the rest of my life with horses and wonderful kids like you. Can’t wait to meet you all at camp!



Hi everybody!!! I’m Ana and I’m super excited to be at Camp Vega for the first time this summer! I will be apart of the equestrian staff and am looking forward to getting to know all the campers, staff, and horses at Echo Lake. I’m 18 years old and originally from a small town in Upstate New York where I started learning to ride horses when I was 12. Can’t wait to meet you all and share lots of adventures and fun times together 🙂




My name is Becky Watkins, and I will be the barn manager for Lea Edwards. I have taught elementary school for the past 30 years, most of those years as an art teacher, but also as a second grade teacher. I have three rock star horses that will be with us at camp this year, and a husband and son, and numerous pets that will have to stay at home. I love to draw, paint, garden, read, and of course, ride! I am looking forward to meeting all of you soon.

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