Kelly Rickard, Director of Alpha Equestrian Center, home of Heaven’s Gait Therapeutic Riding, is a PATH Certified Therapeutic Instructor. She has been practicing in the Woodstock area since 2009. Her motivation for building an Equestrian Therapy Center stems from her deep belief in God and the desire to minister to special needs children and adults and their families through the use of horses. The Center provides a welcoming environment for individuals to learn, grow and achieve their full potential.
Rachel Moss holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kennesaw State University. She was a neurodevelopmental teacher before combining her passions and coming to teach therapeutic riding lessons for the special needs community. Rachel volunteered for two years at a center before becoming a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. She has been riding for 17 years, competing in local Hunter/Jumper shows.
Therapeutic and Riding Instructor Dr. Evelyn Ellis-Grosse is a lifelong rider that holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry and Equine Science from Judson College, and a Doctorate in Pharmaceutics from Auburn University. Evelyn was on Judson College’s Equestrian Team and during her industry career continued competing, foxhunting and training horses. She is a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and also teaches beginner through jumping lessons.
Therapeutic Riding Instructor Annette Crenshaw has ridden horses since age 12 and throughout her college career, graduating from the College of Charleston. Annette is a non-profit veteran, having once started her own 501(c)(3) organization. Prior to coming to Heaven’s Gait, Annette was a lead teacher of 2 and 3 year-olds at Woodhaven Academy. She is a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and her passion is working with special needs people and horses. We’re blessed to have Annette on our team!