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The Team

Staff

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Don Francis

Founder & Director

Shelby Williams has had a glowing passion for horses from a very young age. Her love for horses grew after the purchase of her first horse and she knew then that she wanted to work in the horse industry in the future. After completing her Associates of Science Degree from Richland College, she continued on to West Virginia. In 2013, Shelby graduated with her Riding Master Level III, Training Certification, Teaching Certification and Massage Therapy Certification from Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre. She continued to pursue her love and education for horses after graduating and got involved with therapeutic riding. Shelby completed her Registered Level Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification from PATH Intl. in 2014 and taught Therapeutic Riding at a center in north Texas from 2014-2019. In 2017, she graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce with her Bachelors in Equine Studies. Shelby serves as the Education Chair and Youth Program Coordinator for the Northeast Texas Dressage Club.

Shelby Williams

Program Management Team

Victoria Whitington

Facility Management Team

Victoria Whitington loves animals in every shape and form and is dedicated to providing the best care for them. After owning one dog of her own as a kid and always having a fascination with the animal world, she began looking into the world of veterinary medicine. She decided that is what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She is a student at Texas A&M University pursuing a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science in the hopes of becoming a mixed animal Veterinarian. She is in her second year at TAMU and is scheduled to graduate early with the goal of getting into Texas A&M’s School of Veterinary Medicine. 

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Lucas Riley

Facility Management Team

Lucas Riley has always had a passion for animals since a young age, never living without one. Once joining FFA as a freshman in high school, he learned he wanted to be involved with livestock. After raising two lambs, a goat, two steers, and a heifer and being involved in horse and vet teams, he wanted to be able to breed and train horses as a career. He is a sophomore student at Texas A&M University - Commerce, acquiring a bachelor's degree in Equine Studies.

Natalyn Luper

Equine Management Team

Natalyn Luper (Nat) started taking riding lessons when she was 6 years old. Ever sense her first riding lesson, horses have been a huge part of her life. Today she is on a equine jump team competing all over the DFW area in the DHJSC (Dallas Hunter Jumper Scholarship Circuit) competitions. In hopes of getting her own horse, she is currently working at an equine rescue facility, as well as being a working student. Exercising, feeding, grooming, riding, and training horses daily makes her very experienced around horses. With still more to learn, Nat has made it her mission to learn all she can, and get all the ride time possible, so that when she owns her own horse she is ready and knowledgeable. 

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