Meet Our Team
Jane Rizzitano, M.Ed., M.A.
Jane is the owner of Rhapsody Hill Farm and has many years of experience riding and teaching students of all ages and abilities. She and her students have won numerous year end awards at open shows. While riding in their lessons and showing, Jane's students learn the value of good sportsmanship as well as the importance of good horsemanship skills. Rhapsody Hill Farm is a team and students have great fun encouraging each other. Jane also has more than 35 years of experience as a public high school teacher, administrator, and university adjunct. In 2016 she retired from the public school system and currently teaches part-time at Framingham State University, and dedicating most of her time to the farm. She enjoys teaching beginner through advanced students, creating a fun and safe atmosphere while fostering their passion for horses. In her spare time, she enjoys competing, trail riding, gardening, reading, knitting, and spending time with family.
Dave, also an owner of Rhapsody Hill Farm, is Jane's husband. In addition to building the barn with help from the Thakar children, Liz, Becca, and Joe, he plays a vital role in the success of the farm. He is the go-to guy and handyman for all things farm-related. He uses the tractor to remove manure and snow, drags the ring and paddocks, builds chicken coops and shelters, and repairs fences and other objects around the farm. Although he is not a frequent rider himself, he likes to spoil the horses with treats and carrots and watch Jane and the students ride. He is also the farm's chief photographer and manages the farm's web site.
A creative director and graphic designer by profession, David creates incredible pieces of art inspired by the horses. He has done a number of beautiful horse wire sculptures which can be viewed at his website, www.dthakar.com. His striking aluminum horse sculpture welcomes students and visitors at the entrance of the farm.
"I rode for the very first time at Rhapsody Hill Farm, and have now been there for over eight years. I knew right away that this barn was the right place for me. It is a welcoming and comfortable place to learn, no matter your experience level. Jane’s caring and encouraging style has helped me to become a strong, confident rider, and person as well. I have learned far beyond just how to ride, but also about good sportsmanship, safety, and horsemanship skills. I love riding and showing with my barn family, and will always continue to grow as a rider at Rhapsody Hill Farm."
Lindsey, youth riding student