Jessica Anderson: Jessica was born and raised in New Jersey, and developed a passion for horses at an early age, buying her first horse, Skip at age 9. She graduated from Centenary College in May of 2013 with a BS in Equine Studies and a concentration in Equine Science. While at Centenary, Jess competed on both the English and Western IHSA teams. During her Junior and Senior year, Jess was given the opportunity to work under Dr. Michael Fugaro, assisting in medical and surgical procedures, lameness evaluations, and treatments at the Centenary College Equestrian Center. She also completed an internship at Califon Animal Hospital under Dr. Christina Wilson, where she assisted with ambulatory calls, minor equine medical and surgical procedures. In the spring of 2013, Jess joined the B.W. Furlong & Associates team as a technician working beside Dr. Misty Gray. She then transitioned over to working with Dr. Sarah Gold as the MRI technician and was certified to operate the standing MRI scanner by Hallmarq in September 2013. She was promoted to the title of Hospital Tech Team Leader in the spring of 2017 and now manages the deployment of the entire hospital technician team. In her spare time, she enjoys competing and riding her horse, Willow, as well as spending time with family and friends.
Sarah Crotty: Sarah Crotty was born in Kilkenny, the medieval capital of Ireland. She grew up not far from the Warrington Equestrian Centre and, according to legend, moved there at age twelve. She has spent the last twenty years developing, schooling and caring for show-jumping ponies and horses. She had success in competition in Ireland and England before moving to New Jersey in 2007. After spending five years working at, and managing, a professional farm in Princeton, she joined Dr. Furlong & Dr. Leich at their farm, where she looked after all the animals. She joined the team in the practice in 2018 as a hospital technician and works closely with Dr. Furlong. Sarah spends her spare time in the gym, working on her fitness and assisting with personal training, or buying shoes.
Andrea Davey: Andrea Davey is originally from Smithtown, Long Island and stayed in New Jersey after graduating Centenary College in 2006. She earned her B.S. in Equine Studies with a double concentration in Equine Business Management and Riding Instruction and Training. While studying, she competed on the intercollegiate riding team, focusing on the Hunter/Jumper discipline. Before joining the B.W. Furlong team, Andrea worked as an Instructor and Barn Manager for numerous barns including her own business, Heart of Gold Stables. Andrea enjoyed teaching all levels of riding from first time riders all the way up through the competitive show circuit. Andrea always enjoyed caring for the horse and tending to their nutritional and medical needs which led her to her current position as a hospital vet tech. Andrea enjoys spending her free time with her niece and nephews, volunteering at Mane Stream, crossfit, and hanging with her dog, Snoopy.
Dana DePasquale: Dana was born and raised in New Jersey, growing up on the Jersey Shore. Dana received a B.A. in Communications with concentrations in Film and Television from Seton Hall University. Only recently did Dana find her passion for horses when she took a job with Laura Chapot as a show groom in 2015. For the last 5 years she has spent her time on the professional show circuit as an FEI groom working along riders such as Laura Chapot, Erynn Ballard, Ilan Ferder, and Heather Caristo Williams. While managing Chado Farms from 2016-2018 Dana had the opportunity to assist many veterinarians with different at home procedures and decided that being a large animal veterinarian was her career goal. Dana joined the practice as an Overnight Technician in 2019. In her spare time she enjoys being on the boat or at the beach, taking long trail rides on her horse Frank, and hanging out with her dogs Rocco, Albie, and Captain Jack.
Shannon Finnegan: Shannon has always had a magnetic attraction to animals. Whether it be dogs, cats, horses, or any other species, she has a passion for helping and healing. At the age of 7 she began taking riding lessons through Girl Scouts which spiraled into a lifelong love of equestrian sport. She has spent her riding career learning various equine disciplines including hunt seat equitation, eventing, and fox hunting. This gave her a great appreciation for horses of all breeds and training backgrounds. Shannon has recently completed her BS in Biology from Washington College (MD) on the hopeful path to veterinary school. Whilst studying there, she was fortunate to have the opportunity to intern under equine practitioner Dr. Judy Tubman which helped solidify this goal. Her most proud achievement however has been her founding and presiding over the college’s first service dog training organization and raising a service puppy for Fidos for Freedom. After college, she worked as a groom for an international event rider and, through this experience, developed a deep interest in equine sports medicine. She is thrilled to have joined B.W. Furlong & Associates and looks forward to continued education with the team!
Michelle Graziano: Michelle grew up in northwestern Pennsylvania. Her passion for horses started at a young age and continued when her parents bought Ginger, as a Christmas gift. She participated in her local 4-H horse group as an officer and volunteered at various 4-H events. After high school, Michelle attended Wilson College earning a B.S. degree in equine facilitated therapeutics, equine management and equestrian management. She was an active member of the Intercollegiate Dressage Team. Michelle spent a couple of summers as a working student at a dressage facility which eventually led to a full time position as the barn manager after college graduation. Shortly after she realized that veterinary medicine was her true passion leading to her accepting a position as a veterinary technician at an equine only practice in New Jersey where she worked for 12 years. Since then Michelle has continued to develop her technical skills leading her to accepting the position of a Senior Hospital Technician at B.W. Furlong & Associates in July of 2019. She continues to have an eagerness to acquire new skills and a passion for the field. Michelle’s main areas of interest are neonatal medicine, emergency medicine, anesthesia and surgery. Outside of work, Michelle enjoys spending time with Ginger, traveling, concerts, and various outdoor activities.
Jaime Katz: Jaime was born and raised in Rockland County, NY. She fell in love with ponies at the young age of 7 years old and has been on horseback ever since. With a barn only 5 minutes from her house, Jaime spent most of her time there than at home. When she turned 14 she got her horse, Baifonsa. Baifonsa introduced her to so much of the equestrian world that she had never seen before. Seeing vets at the barn made Jaime want to pursue a career on the medical side of the equine industry. In 2020 she began her studies at Centenary University majoring in Equine Science. That same fall she joined the B.W. Furlong team and has loved every minute of it. In her free time Jaime enjoys photographing horses, nature or hanging out with her pet hedgehog.
Morgan Lafferty: Morgan’s love for animals started before she knew how to walk, but horses were what really caught her attention after she started taking lessons at age 6. As she got older, she realized that the horse world was extremely large and she wanted to see every part of it. After high school Morgan studied equine science and journalism in Kentucky and also worked at the local racetrack while in school for their public relations department. After living in Kentucky for a year she transferred to Delaware Valley University and joined the vaulting team, becoming captain her senior year. After college she took a detour and moved to Montana to work as a wrangler until the snow decided to push her to come back east. Finally Morgan landed exactly where she truly wanted to be: working with horses in the medical field. Through all of the different places she’s been, the one thing she truly was passionate about when it came to horses was their health and well being. Morgan is now the surgery technician at B.W. Furlong & Associates. In her free time she enjoys running, fishing, reading, and spending time with her dog Lady.
Kristy Matarazzo: Kristy is a native of Hunterdon County, NJ. Growing up on a small family farm, she was hooked on horses since early childhood. On her 4th birthday she got her first pony, Captain America, and fell in love with taking care of him as much as riding him. Through the years she progressed from showing in 4-H to competing in the Marshall & Sterling Child Jumper League, while still having a special love for trail rides and hunter paces with her mom. The desire for a career in equine veterinary medicine started as a young adult after watching a veterinarian perform a major field surgery on her beloved Quarter Horse, Hank, and being responsible for his wound care and antibiotic injections afterwards. After high school, she brought her Thoroughbred Red to college with her in Ohio where she received a B.S. in Equine Health Technology as well as Equine Facility Management from Otterbein College and an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Columbus State. While completing rotations at the Ohio State Vet school, she took a strong interest in equine anesthesia, which she has been performing ever since. Upon graduating college, she passed the VTNE to become a credentialed technician and has worked in the industry since 2001. Outside of work, Kristy is an active volunteer, including Co-Directing the Hunterdon County Animal Response Team and serving as a Regional Contact for the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians. In her free time she loves cooking and entertaining, riding and caring for her 3 horses and spending time with her dog Sammie.
Michael Owen: Michael grew up in Alabama and developed a love for horses on his family’s farm. He graduated from Snead State College in 2002 with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology. Upon graduation he received his Veterinary Technician license and began work at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine as an equine technician. He joined the clinic in 2009 as a technician. In 2019 he moved into the lab as the Lab Technician. He enjoys playing the guitar and spending time in the outdoors. Every year, his family in Alabama hosts a trail ride at their farm which benefits St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Alexa Potts: Alexa was born and raised in Hunterdon county. She started riding at the young age of 7 and has been hooked ever since, showing on the local hunter circuit until college. She graduated from Delaware Valley University in 2013 with a B.A. in Equine Science and Management. Alexa has an extensive background as a small animal technician working at Crown Veterinary Specialties as a surgery, emergency, and oncology technician. In January 2020 she joined B.W. Furlong & Assoc. to use her technical skills to help horses, the animal she’s always been crazy about. She still owns her 23y/o OTTB show hunter, Bentley, who is happily retired from jumping, but still enjoys a nice trail ride. Alexa also has a “small pony” of sorts in her 150lb Great Dane, Tyrion, who enjoys hanging out with Bentley as well! If you can’t find her around the barn you will definitely find her at a dirt track out in PA watching a different kind of horsepower, 410 Sprint Cars!
Elizabeth Ruck: Elizabeth was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, with her two sisters. She got her first pet, a dog named Snickers, while she was in kindergarten, and her love of animals took off from there. In fifth grade, she started taking riding lessons and soon after began working in order to pay for her lesson fees. While working to take care of the lesson horses, she became dedicated to providing the best quality of care possible. Through various internships and part time jobs with local veterinarians, she worked to gain knowledge in the veterinary field. After her graduation from Delaware Valley University, she accepted a full time position as an ambulatory technician with Dr. Mullin, and is very excited to grow in the field! In her spare time, you will find her riding her horse, reading any book she can get her hands on, or playing with her pup, Remmy!
Heather Rufolo: Heather grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey, always having a passion for horses. She started riding at Watchung Stables then moved on to Briarwood Farm to then compete in high level show-jumpers for over 20yrs. Heather graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in Business Accounting. In 2008 she opened her own business, Stone Hill Equestrian, in Somerset County. Currently she is Head Trainer at Stone Hill Team, competing successfully in show-jumping. She also owns two horses Navarra, a draft cross, and Pixie, her retired showjumper. Heather built her business with rescue horses, training them for the show ring with rehabilitation training and conditioning. Heather has worked in Pharmaceutical for over 3 years, and got her NJ Pharmacy Technicians License in 2019. In 2020, She has come full circle currently working in the Pharmacy department for B.W. Furlong & Associates, helping with the medical care of so many horses while still training and coaching show jumpers.
Montana Ryden: Montana was raised in Warren County N.J. She always had a love for animals from a young age. Growing up next to a horse farm she was always asking her parents to take lessons and learn. When she was 18 she managed to get her first lesson and learned as much as possible that first day. After that day she knew someway, somehow she wanted to be in the horse world. She was always curious about various fields of employment in the horse industry. She got her first dog, Stewart, who has multiple medical issues a few years back. After learning of these issues and going to the vet multiple times, she realized she wanted to pursue a career in animal medicine. In Montana’s free time she likes to spend time with her family, go to the gym, and train her dog new tricks and slowly introducing him to agility.
Justin Smith: Justin is an Arizona Native, born and raised in southern Arizona. Justin grew up with horses and cattle on his grandfather’s AQH breeding farm and working cattle ranch. At an early age he began riding, mostly while working cattle but he was also a team roper in rodeos. Justin graduated from the University of Arizona with a double bachelors in Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science with an emphasis in Equine Science. He worked with an ambulatory equine vet all four years of college. After graduation, Justin began working in a small animal ER/ICU hospital in Tucson. He was an ER nurse for 3 years before he moved to their Diagnostic Imaging Department where he managed the team for 2 years. Justin then moved to Madison, Wisconsin for the Emergency and Critical Care Department management position. He led that department for 1.5 years before moving to New Jersey to join the B.W. Furlong & Associates team. Justin spends his free time with his 6 year old Border Collie, Clyde, hiking and doing as many outdoors activities as they can. Justin also spends his time show jumping and eventing, his favorite being jumping and cross country. Justin is currently waiting on acceptance into veterinary school this coming fall.
Jennifer Spadola: Born and raised in Randolph, NJ, Jenn’s love of horses started very young with riding lessons at the age of four. As she got older, she was an active volunteer with a horse rescue in her town. Jenn began working after school and on weekends, with her responsibilities at the farm growing as fast as she was. High school years were busy taking care of 10-20 horses, and participating in small 4-H sponsored shows. Her favorite competitive classes included western pleasure and barrel racing. Jenn continued her passion in college, graduating from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a concentration in bioscience. Excited to return home to New Jersey, she is grateful to be doing the work that she loves. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family and her pup, Winter, and soaking up summer sun at the beach.
Jessica Yuritch: Born in Cherry Hill, NJ, Jessica developed a love for horses at an early age while attending summer camps and taking riding lessons at Flora Lea Farm. She attended college at Centenary and graduated in 2003 with a BS in Equine Studies. While there, she was a member of the Intercollegiate Dressage Team. She joined the practice upon graduation, and worked for four years as a technician before taking time off for the birth of her daughter. She returned in 2009, and after several years of running the lab and pharmacy, transitioned to Pharmacy Technician in the summer of 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, Meghan, and watching her grow up.