In 2000, a turn in my life took place and a decision needed to be made. At the age of 52, I decided to leave real estate and general construction behind and work on my true passion and dream.
After a great deal of research and prayer, i decided to combine my love of horses, my education and my ranch into a premiere therapeutic riding facility. A place where children and adults who are mentally and physically challenged, can ride and benefit from the many talents a horse has to offer. My prayers were answered.
I have been with Charlene Thomas since the day she oped her facility, Glenoak Therapeutic Riding Center in 2003. We started with a few riders and a few horses and the program grew. I became PATH certified instructor in 2006 and have been working with Charlene ever since. There is a saying “We came for the horse, but stayed for the riders.” That may be true…I have seen riders grow, progress, open-up, speak, count, relax tight muscles, ride independently, form amazing, loving bonds with 1,000 pound animals, and enjoy an improved quality of life. I’ll continue to work with Charlene, our awesome volunteers, amazing riders, and incredible horses for as long a possible.
In 2005, I began a journey that would impact my life for the better. I found myself volunteering at Charlene Thomas’ therapeutic riding program. I have always loved horses so being among these magnificent animals was a dream come true. But little did I realize i would also fall in love with our riders. After a year of volunteering and learning, i became a PATH certified instructor in 2006. I have received more than I have given and I thank God everyday for allowing me to be part of this great program.
I began volunteering at Glenoak Therapeutic Riding Center at the end of 2014. My goal was to learn more about horses, but i could have never imagined the passion that would be ignited by my experience here. Welcomed into the facility like family, I quickly got to experience the miracles that happened in this program. Seeing how the staff used horses to help students was amazing. The confidence built, independence given, balance/coordination gained, and all of the beautiful smiles shared were life changing. Everyday I look forward to teaching/ helping our students on their journeys as they continue to bless mine.