Meet our Team
Sydney Knott is the President/CEO and Founder of Horses4Heroes, an organization that was started in 2006 in her family’s backyard. In 2017, Ms. Knott was named the Equine Industry Vision Award Winner by Zoetis and American Horse Publications. In addition to her love of horses, Ms. Knott is an award-winning public relations professional with more than 40-years experience in all facets of public relations, including media relations, special event planning, fund-raising and donor relations. She is graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in Public Relations. A Southern California native, she is married, has three daughters and has lived in Las Vegas since 1994.
Diann Dunn Friedman
Diann Dunn Friedman is an equestrian with more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of horse care, horsemanship, training, coaching and instructing. Diann serves as the advisor to the ride staff and is the Interim Director of Equestrian Programs and Activities. She oversees all instructional, educational and recreational equestrian activities as well as overseeing the care of the horses who call our center home. A Brooklyn native, Diann has lived in Las Vegas since 2003.
interns and advisors
Mary West is an intern with Horses4Heroes and serves as the assistant to the Director of Equestrian programs and activities at the Las Vegas Family Equestrian Center. Mary has been living in Las Vegas most of her life and grew up spending her time volunteering at local animal shelters. Mary started as a volunteer with Horses4Heroes in September 2022 and is working with the director assisting with instructional, educational, and recreational equestrian activities.
Jenna Markl is an intern with Horses4Heroes and serves as the assistant to the Director of Health and Wellness programs at the Las Vegas Family Equestrian Center. She works with the director to plan and facilitate EAL programs for center clients and works as a ride staff assistant, helping with recreational and instructional programs. She is a certified yoga instructor and is working to obtain her LMHC. Jenna is a Washington native and has lived in Las Vegas since 2018.
Jean Fajardo, LCSW
Jean Fajardo, LCSW, is an advisor to the Horses4Heroes health and wellness team, assisting with equine assisted learning programs and activities for Veterans, First Responders, recovering addicts, survivors of domestic abuse, violence, trauma, trafficking, and at-risk youth teens. She also advises programs with college students working on bachelor and advanced degrees in social work. Jean is a Seattle native and has lived and worked in Las Vegas since 1993.