"The love and light that shines brightly from Hoofbeats is a beacon for others who envision walking their talk and realizing their dreams."
The Hoofbeats Team
Instructor/Founder: Jenny Alphin, TRS, CEGE
Jenny started horsemanship classes and riding at the age of 8 and now has over 30 years of Industry specific experience. She studied with Pat Betts in Powhatan, Virginia for over 10 yrs, learning about horse care, barn care and riding English Hunt Seat. She won many awards for horsemanship and was well known on the show circuits, bringing home grand champion trophies each time. She also dedicated her summers to teaching riding and horsemanship to children at Camp Friendship riding program. She received her bachelors degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Radford University (TRS). She successfully led a team as The Director of Therapeutic Recreation for over eight years. During her career she has won many awards for community service and programming excellence. Once she made the move out west she turned her passion for horses and recreational therapy into a reality. She has earned her Certification as an Equine Guided Educator with Skyhorse Ranch (CEGE). She cared for several horses from Arabians to Friesians and gave her time to Giant Steps Therapeutic Riding program. She also volunteered with several horse rescue programs, most recently SAFER Horse Rescue. A belief in Natural Horsemanship has taken her and her rescue horses to amazing places of love and respect. With a degree in Therapeutic Recreation, Certification as an Equine Guided Educator, strong background in horsemanship and passion for horse rescue have come together with this dynamic program.
Hannah’s earliest memories of being around horses started as a toddler tagging along to riding lessons with her older brother as she watched in wonder. As a young child she transitioned to her own lessons in English Hunt Seat Equitation. Hannah volunteered at Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center in Orinda, CA. She also helped staff summer camps for the program’s youth. Not much older than many of the participants, Hannah enjoyed sharing her knowledge and passion hands-on. Hannah’s first horse, Red, an appendix quarter horse, taught many formative life lessons such as patience, responsibility, and how to listen. Hannah focused on Natural Horsemanship training and started to explore Dressage. Once at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, Hannah spent every free moment at the college’s barn, grooming for Prix St. George level Dressage rider, and Equestrian Center Director, Paula Pierce, and training in Jumping and Dressage, as well as competing as a Western Pleasure rider on the college’s Intercollegiate Horse Show Association riding team.
Combining her passions, Hannah launched her own marketing business, Horse & Hound Marketing focused on training equine small businesses to market and brand themselves better relying on her professional marketing services background. Hannah is deeply enthusiastic about the opportunity to craft marketing strategies for Hoofbeats Stables and be an ambassador for to the Hoofbeats community. She is also looking to further her education and become a trainer at Hoofbeats Stables.
Phyllis has been riding and working with Hoofbeats for several years. She is currently sponsoring Wizard, The Little Red Pony, and enjoys spending time with him under saddle and on the ground. She maintains the farm and horses health on the weekends and anytime an extra hand is needed. Phyllis trains new volunteers on the ins and outs of running the ranch and about the horses on the ranch. Her passion for horses and acute awareness of their needs has been a true asset to Hoofbeats. Hoofbeats Stables is honored to have her as a part of our team!