Meet our People!
Executive Director and co-founder
PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor, PATH Intl. ESMHL, and EAGALA Certified*
Heather has been passionate member of the equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) industry since 2004. Prior to her Co-founding Reining Strength, she served as Co-Director at Texas Tech University’s Therapeutic Riding Center where she was on faculty in the Animal Science Department. Heather serves various committees including with the American Quarter Horse Association relating to EAAT; and is a PATH, Intl. Advanced Instructor, Lead certification evaluator and Site-Visitor for center Accreditation. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Baylor University and a Master’s in Education in Community Counseling from Texas Tech University. Additionally, Heather serves on the board for the Central Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. Heather recently published a textbook for the EAAT industry that she and two others co-authored: The Comprehensive Guide to Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies, which is the first peer-reviewed textbook of it's kind.
* Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH Intl.); Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL); Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA)
PATH Intl. Registered Instructor, PATH Intl. ESMHL
Equine and Facilities Manager
RD has been a life-long equestrian gaining experience on the racetrack in New Mexico with his father who is also a trainer. In 2011, he became the youngest trainer to have horse in the All-American Derby. In 2014, he began working for Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship as the Equine and Facilities Manager. He is PATH Intl. Registered Instructor and Equine Specialist in Metal Health and Learning. Additionally, he trains riders as a Special Olympics Equestrian Coach.
PATH Intl. Registered Instructor
Horse Care & Facilities Assistant