Founder and CEO of Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center Inc.
My name is Veronica Rachael, but I go by my nickname of Bonnie. I have 40+ years experience in the field of training horses and instructing. I fell in love with horses at age 6, got my first horse when I was 17 yrs old. He taught me so much about horses and myself. I joined the Savannah Police Department in 1992 at age 36 to serve my community and became a mounted police officer in 1994, and retired from police work in 2006. I always felt in my heart I had a calling to help people but didn’t realize what until God presented it to me in church one day. As I was cleaning up after services I happen to see a magazine article sitting on a chair about a therapeutic riding center in South Carolina. Right then I could feel God touch my heart with excitement, “this is what I want you to do” I could hear him say in my heart, I listened and FETC was born. That was 2005 and now Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center is celebrating its 13th anniversary of serving our community and is a thriving center for children and adults with all types of physical and mental and emotional barriers. I didn’t do this alone, first and foremost this is God’s project, he has sent a dedicated group of volunteers over the years who have worked hard to make Faith grow – the rest of the story is still being written! I hope one day to step back and see it embraced totally by the community for the community with God’s continued blessing!
Certifications and training
Certified Mounted Police Instructor – Southern police institute- University of Louisville 10-00; 40 years experience in training horses and riding instruction; CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) level 4 English and level 2 Western certified riding instructor. Registered PATH instructor; certified (EMHL) Equine Mental Health and learning specialist.
Program Director and PATH Registered Level Instructor
My name is Hallie Myers and I am thrilled to be on the team here at Faith Equestrian! I am originally from South Carolina and went to school in North Carolina. Even though I grew up in the South, I am definitely not in love with the bugs or the heat, but I still wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the country! I was introduced to horses at age six when my mom took me on a scavenger hunt around town that ultimately led to my first riding lesson. I have been riding for sixteen years and horses have always been a therapeutic part of my own life, something that I feel called to share with others. Reading the book, Hope Rising helped me discover that I wanted to use my love for horses to somehow help people. I found the Therapeutic Riding program at St. Andrews University shortly thereafter and from there it was history. I believe that God has led me here to Faith and I look forward to what He is going to do through me! Other than horses, I am a total book worm and am currently attempting to teach myself how to play the guitar.
Certifications and training
At St. Andrews, I received my degrees in Therapeutic Horsemanship and Equine Business. I also became certified there as a PATH registered level instructor.
My name is April Todd and I am the Volunteer Coordinator here at FETC. I became involved with Faith through my special needs daughter, Lauren. Watching volunteers work with her over the years helped me realize I wanted to volunteer if and when the door opened. I began volunteering on a regular basis during the 2014-2015 school year. I love working with the kids and horses!!! I am also a very active volunteer in our support group (the Navigator Team) as well as at my church.
My name is John Loomis and I started as a volunteer with Faith Equestrian in October of 2013. That led to me working here and now I help to maintain our facility and keep it looking good.
Path Registered Instructor
My name is Jackie Garman and I have been volunteering at Faith since January 2011. I found Faith Equestrian through my daughter who attended horse camp here. I am originally from Ohio, but came here with my husband and two children and we miss the Ohio cold weather! I became a certified instructor in October 2016 and am now teaching our TR lessons and in our school program.
Hi I’m Rachel! I just got here from Green Bay, WI, Go Packers!!! I am currently getting my Master’s Degree in counseling from Liberty University and hope to become Faith’s on staff equine counselor. I am engaged and brought my two dogs with me. My hobbies are mainly animals and I have already acquired 2 ducks and a cat within my first month of being here. So my animal farm has begun 😀
My equine background comes from owning and training my own horse, as well as, assisting others in training. I have always felt a pull towards equine therapies and God decided to open all the doors for me to come to FETC. I’m looking forward to growing and seeing what God has in store for us!