The granddaughter of a large dairy farmer in Augusta, KS, Misty grew up on a farm where she had the privilege of having a horse and several ponies. At a very young age Misty had a love for nature and animals, rescuing baby bunnies, birds and yes, even farm mice. In her teen years, she participated in the Butler County 4-H Club where she showed steer, sheep and rabbits. Misty graduated with an Associates Degree in Marketing and having an outgoing personality and a true passion for serving and inspiring others, she began her professional career in the medical field, working for large companies such as Blue Cross & Blue Shield and Wichita Surgical Specialists; however, it was when she began a career in radio that she found her niche. Years of working in media exposed her to the world of non-profit where her passion for serving others aligned with her life’s purpose of making a positive difference in the lives of others; she managed sales and fundraising for great non-profit organizations such as Exploration Place and Goodwill Industries. It wasn't long that the hospitality industry sought her out and after serving 6+ years in this field, managing sales and marketing for fine hotels such as Hyatt Regency Wichita and the award-winning Homewood Suites by Hilton @ the Waterfront, Misty’s Christian faith guided her to pursue her life's true calling of a career focused on empowering others which lead her to FHTRC. Misty believes if one is truly passionate about their life’s work and pursues their purpose in which taps in to their God given gifts, they radiate an authentic and contagious joy from the inside out. Misty is passionate about creating life changing experiences that empower personal freedom, growth and hope, and most importantly, she is passionate about Freedom Hooves Therapeutic Riding Center and the life changing works we do with the support of our talented team, therapy horses, volunteers and board members.
Executive Director and PATH Registered Instructor
Amanda grew up in southern Missouri where she owned and has been riding horses since she was two years old. During high school and into college she discovered a love of psychology and wanted to find a way to combine both her interests. Therapeutic riding was the answer! She then did an internship at Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center and knew it was the career for her. Amanda received a B.S. in Psychology from Kansas State University and completed the Equine Certificate Program as well. She became a PATH International Certified Riding Instructor in 2012 and a year later moved to Wichita and began teaching at FHTRC. Falling in love with the non-profit world and wanting to be more involved, she became the Program Director. Amanda absolutely loves all the riders, horses, staff, and volunteers at FHTRC and is blessed to be part of such a wonderful program!
Contact Amanda Meinhardt: firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Coordinator, Equine Manager and PATH Registered Instructor
Like so many others Paige’s love of horses began when she was very young. She started taking lessons and showing in Dressage and Show Jumping. Paige found her love for therapeutic riding because it combines her love for people and horses! She started volunteering at FHTRC in 2007, and continued because she loved the smiles that it brought to all of the riders faces. Before working with FHTRC, Paige worked at the family Auto Body business and completed an Associates of Science.
Contact Paige Farrar: email@example.com
Wesley, a Wichita native, is a senior at Wichita State University. She is majoring in Exercise Science and after graduation she plans to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy. Wesley has enjoyed every minute that she has been able to help with the unique form of therapy that Freedom Hooves offers. Wesley has learned more than she imagined from the riders, horses, and instructors at FHTRC. Although Wesley has never owned a horse, she loves the relationships that our clients and horses share. She hopes to have horses of her own some day!
Board of Directors
Dr. Dan Caliendo