Meet Our Staff

Dori Haller Burner - Riding Instructor/Director

As a child my greatest desire was to go to camp and one day be a counselor. I did spend many summers at camp, but my favorite was horse camp. I didn't expect the thing I prayed for most as a child to manifest. It is interesting how things we desire and pray for the most seem to happen, maybe not on our timetable, but at the right time in our lives. Battlefield Park Polo is truly a field of dreams, horses and children empower one another. Horses give children a dream to dream and something wonderful to love. Horses are healthiest and happiest with the children and why I love to work with both.

I spent my life being a Girl Scout Leader, Sunday School Teacher, and VBS Director. I volunteered so much it was a full time job and was eventually awarded the Dr. Mary E Walker Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Service from the Joint Armed Services when I was 36 years old. This career as a riding instructor came from a life long love of horses. I want your child to have the best summer of their life and to have such a remarkable experience that they carry these memories with them forever.

Kylie Golkosky - Riding/Horsemanship

Kylie Golkosky is 18 years old and currently working on her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. She learned how to ride a horse for the first and play polo at Battlefield Park Polo in 2009. She has played polo at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia for two summers and will continue playing throughout her college career and beyond. Currently she is trying to get a polo team started at Shenandoah University as well as an equestrian club.

Kylie became very passionate about horses from the first time she stepped foot into Battlefield Parks facility and is there as much as she can be. She loves helping out with the horses and she is especially passionate about teaching students how to ride. She has been teaching lessons since 2010 and is very trustworthy with choosing what horses to put children on; a challenging task to keep children safe. She has also been working at Battlefield Park Polo’s Summer Camp since 2009. Any student rider at Battlefield Park will tell you that Kylie is a great role model and that they want to be like her in the future. She is very helpful when there is a complication, is an extremely hard worker and can always be found in the barn with a smile.

Eva Spaid - Riding/Horsemanship

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Heidi Thomas - Riding/Horsemanship

Heidi is a tri-lingual (English, Spanish, French) mother of three living in Prince William County Virginia. She is a lifelong equestrian and vibrant world traveler specializing in early childhood development, culinary arts, and camper administration here at Battlefield Park Polo Club Summer Camp. She spent much of her childhood living in Brussels, Belgium and returned to Northern Virginia to graduate high school and attend George Mason University where she completed coursework towards a political science degree.

Throughout her life she has been involved with animal rescue and foster organizations in various capacities and has placed more stray pets into loving homes than she can remember. Exposure to horseback riding at an early age in Belgium cultivated an intense love for the preservation of all things wild and domesticated. In her early adult life she worked for many years as a child care specialist for Kinder Care, Inc. as well as serving as a private nanny helping to raise children before getting married and starting a family of her own.

The desire to see her own children experience the joyful bonds created between rider and horse have brought her full circle back to the stable life here at Battlefield Park Polo Club. Her son attended several weeks of the 2013 summer camp season as she gradually got more involved volunteering her time to help with daily operations to the point of dedicating herself full time to the 2017 SUMMER CAMP season.

Her life experiences with early childhood development and horseback riding have produced a skillset perfectly suited for horseback riding camp. She is thrilled to be a part of the wonderful operation here at Battlefield Park Polo Club and looks forward to working with your son or daughter this summer to provide an experience they will remember for a lifetime.