About Us

(our current board members)

 

The Two-Legged...

Abby-director, trainer, instructor, board member- works most directly with Herds of Hooves in the training, instruction, and boarding departments. She has an Associate of Arts Degree from Truett-McConnell College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology from Toccoa Falls College. She has spent her entire career in the service industry in some manner or another, most notably spending 4 years as a weekend counselor for a Christian wilderness program called Shepherd's Hill Farm and, from 2002 until May of 2008, working with Camp Toccoa, which is owned and operated by Camp Fire USA, GA Council, as a volunteer, instructor, Assistant Horseback Director, and finally Horseback Director. She has been involved with horses for over 20 years and, throughout that time, has held to the belief that there is "another way" besides forcing, scaring, or bribing horses into doing what you want. She continues developing her education in pursuit of this goal through Progressive Horsemanship under the instruction of Del Wideman, Progressive Horsemanship Professional. Further, she seeks to develop life skills in her students and draw corollaries between our lives with horses and God's relationship with us. She attends Grove Level Baptist Church with her husband Joe and loves doing this for a living so very much that she and Joe have additionally partnered in a private mobile horse business called Hooves on Wheels.

Joe-co-director, farrier, board member- has been an animal lover most of his life, but has never had the privilege of combining his love with his work. He has an extensive history in the furniture industry, various management positions, and in the service industry. His heart has always been to make a difference, to change the world around him for the better and he has finally discovered how to do so! Not only is Joe indispensible to Herds of Hooves-- he is most often found carrying feed buckets, filling troughs, or on the tractor dropping hay to everyone-- but he also apprenticed under Pete Ramey to learn the Natural Hoofcare method of trimming, a method that seeks to do no harm in the healing and maintenence of the horse's foot as it mimics the feet of wild horses, and is excited to be doing maintenence trims and rehab work through Hooves on Wheels.

 

Ashley-board member, apprentice, trainer, program manager  - Farmer “As a longtime student (over 10 years!) and volunteer with Herds of Hooves, I am excited this year to finally get a chance to be more directly involved with the program as an apprentice. I graduated in December 2012 from Furman University with a B.S. in psychology where I also rode on the Intercollegiate Dressage team. While on the team, I learned a lot about horsemanship and enjoyed my experience, but it also gave me a renewed appreciation for and desire to further my education in Progressive Horsemanship. I will be attending GRU College of Dental Medicine in Augusta in the fall of 2013, but until then I am excited about the opportunities ahead of me here at HOH! I have always wanted to be an apprentice and I am so glad that I finally get a chance to be more involved with and learn from the great teachers - human and horse - in this program!”

Russ- board member- Skelton: "I have lived most of my life in northeast Ga. A brief stint near Atlanta at Southern Polytechnic State Uni. landed me a BS in Software Engineering. It was there that my love for Christ was also fostered through many friends at the Baptist Student Union. My lifetime job started shortly thereafter as Senior software Engineer at dscTech, Inc in Hartwell, Ga. I met my wonderful lifetime wife, Cathy, not long after that through the BSU and after getting married in 1998 we have since lived quietly in Toccoa. My involvement with HOH began through my wife. My admiration and belief in the people of HOH and, yes, a seldom expressed love of horses have contributed to my desire to be a part of this program and the work that Christ is doing through them."

 

 

Cathy- board member- Skelton has been an animal lover all of her life and was able to fulfill her dream of having her own horse later in life, at the age of 34. She has enthusiastically been involved with Herds of Hooves since 2007 and continually strives to learn about Progressive Horsemanship. 

Cathy strives to share her relationship with God through her family, work, and love of animals. She has been happily married to Russ for almost 14 years and has worked for the past 10 years as a Special Education Teacher in the Alpine Program in Carnesville, Georgia.   Cathy teaches children with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders and thoroughly enjoys her job.

Cathy attended Truett-McConnell College before transferring to The University of Georgia to finish her Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Therapy.  Cathy worked at Emory Center for Rehabilitation before moving to Toccoa in 1998. After moving to Toccoa, she spent several years serving as a counselor/mentor for at-risk youth through Anderson Youth Association and as an Activities Director for Stephens County Recreation Department before returning to school to gain her Masters of Education Degree.

Cathy is an advocate for being a responsible animal owner and enjoys all animals, but holds a special place close to her heart for horses.

 

 

The Four-Hooved...

There have been many horses who have helped us on our journey, some in ways we didn't even realize until after the fact. Our current roster of working team-members includes Bella, Grace, and Sienna.
If you'd like to meet the full group, both past and present, and see our rescues just go to the "Horses" link above.