Dropping the Reins (DtR) is a not-for-profit organization developed in 2009 to give the unique experience of being around horses to those who would not ordinarily have the opportunity. It is also for those who are seeking renewal, self-discovery, and empowerment in their lives. DtR seeks to help caregivers, and their families, by providing them with time to refresh and reflect on their care-giving experiences. For adults, the equine experience can lead to personal examination that enhances and alters life directions. For children, the experience of grooming and riding horses and ponies can free them from personal trauma in their lives.
The Rev. Gail Epes, Master of Divinity, The Virginia Theological Seminary, is an Episcopal priest and former high school chaplain. She has spent years exploring the relationship between horses and humans.
Nancy Davidson, Master in Theological Studies, The Virginia Theological Seminary, has been a certified riding instructor since 2001 and previously taught riding to children with life-threatening illnesses.
Virginia Wilbrandt, BS, Social Work, Radford University, is the owner and head trainer of MEA Haven Farm located at Fox Chase Farm in Middleburg. Virginia has decades of experience with boarding, training and instructing riders and horses taking them from the beginner through to national competition levels.
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