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 10th 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. I also fell in love with the country and people of Namibia, Africa after spending an incredible summer there.
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.