Executive Director, Certified Instructor, Special Olympic Coach

Since 1997, Pam has been a stalwart member of the Horses with Heart team. She is a Certified Instructor with PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship), and a CHA-IRD Instructor (Certified Horsemanship Association-Instructor of Riders with Disabilities).

A rider since childhood in her native Charles City, Iowa, Pam competed in 4-H and Open Horse Shows as a teenager. After high school she earned a Riding Master Diploma from Meredith Manor School of Horsemanship. After marrying, she continued to ride, train and compete, as well as conducting riding lessons and coaching children.

For Pam, the best part of being a HwH Instructor is “watching the joy and sense of accomplishment on riders’ faces when they have conquered a new task.” The biggest challenge? “Seeing the frustration of a rider who is trying so hard, but some days just can’t seem to put the pieces together.”

And one more thing… “Whether you’re the Instructor, part of the Safety Support Team or just a spectator, there’s no greater feeling than being part of a rider’s ‘I can do it!’ moment.”



Riding Director, Certified/Registered Instructor, Mentor to Instructors, Specialist in Mental Health & Learning 

Ask Jan about her credentials and she’ll have to take a breath: She’s a Registered Instructor with PATH International, a CHA Standards Certified Instructor in English and Western, a PATH International Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Special Education.

Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Jan has been a serious rider since the late ‘50s. She has owned three horses, and volunteered in therapeutic programs at riding centers in Ohio and New Jersey. Since 2008, no matter which of her many HwH hats she wears, she’s been a “go-to” person for HwH.

Her favorite part about being a HwH Instructor? “Seeing the riders become more confident and independent as they progress in their riding skills. I love the smiles they show each time they ride.” Constantly growing in her skills as Instructor, Jan admits to not loving all the record-keeping and paperwork nearly as much. 

Certified Instructor, HwH Board Member, CHA Member 

A whirlwind in Western boots, Trudy became the first Executive Director of HwH in 1996, just three years after joining the group begun by Vickie Stuart. A certified PATH Instructor and CHA Member, she’s been a fixture in Arizona’s horse world since 1970, from 4-H programs to nationally-sanctioned barrel racing competitions.

Born in Akron, Ohio and an Arizona resident since 1965, Trudy initially wanted to be a school teacher. Life had other plans, though, and she took her love of both children and horses into the arenas of Horses with Heart. Trudy’s hands-on horsemanship education has come from legends like Pat Parelli, Monti Roberts and Ben Balow.

Describing HwH as her “second family,” Trudy knows better than most how “the horse-rider relationship helps make dreams come true.” Sometimes it can be challenging to see past a rider’s disability and find their ability, she notes. Still, “No wheelchairs or walkers are needed when you’re on the back of a horse. My passion has been to serve the disability community and pay it forward with love and compassion. I’m so blessed!”

And one more thing… “When our riders succeed in our arena, they will succeed in the arena of life.”



Registered Instructor 

It hasn’t taken Sherry long to build an impressive listing of teaching credentials. Since joining HwH in 2012, she has become a PATH Registered Instructor, a CHA-IRD Instructor (Physical & Cognitive), and holds accreditation for CHA Standards in both English and Western.

Growing up in Arcadia, California, Sherry was always interested in horses, and rode and took lessons. Until she started volunteering with HwH, though, that was the extent of her “boots on the ground” experience in the equine world.

She first joined HwH simply because of her affinity for horses. But soon after that, “I found that working with special needs individuals was my calling.” Week in and week out, her riders respond to that passion with deep affection and trust.

Sherry continues to challenge herself to become an even better Instructor, attending clinics and workshops throughout the year. She loves seeing the “Aha!” moments “when that light bulb clicks on, and riders ‘get’ something they’ve been working on.” Her overriding joy? “Seeing the riders become all they are able to be.”



A fixture around the HwH ranch since 2010, Charles (pictured with his faithful companion Bear) is the engine that drives the operation of the facility.

In addition to his typical duties of feeding and cleaning up after the horses, prepping the arenas for our classes and general maintenance around the facility, Charles does all this: handles landscaping, manages juvenile and adult probation crews, coordinates work parties, repairs equipment, hauls away scrap and maintains the grounds for the many events at HwH.

If a job needs doing, Charles does it. His thousands of recorded hours every year tells you this Marine Corps veteran goes above and beyond the call, week in and week out.





Board of Directors
Our Directors come from all over Yavapai County and a variety of personal/professional backgrounds... read more


2018 Board and Staff Roster:
Executive Director Pam Berry
President Mary Smith
Secretary/Treasurer Helen Collins
MemberDr. Mike Cissell
Member Carolyn Hasty
Member Trudy Chapman-Radley
Caretaker Charles Driver
Riding Director Jan Grise
Volunteer Coordinator Maureen Owen

For questions or comments to the Board of Directors please call 928-533-9178.