Larry Marsman, horse trainer, second stage PATH Instructor Certification, owner, operator and visionary. He has trained horses and riders for 40 years and is well-known throughout Mississippi. Larry is patient with the novice and has wisdom for the tenured horse enthusiast. He is often seen having more fun than the students during lessons.
Larry’s vision, to provide a sanctuary for horses, their riders, to allow the horse to bring family fun back through learning, laughing and experiencing the joy of trails, nature, and to create a bond that the whole family can appreciate.
Valerie Steele, MPPA, Director
PATH Int’l MS State Representative, second stage PATH Instructor Certification, horse enthusiast, serves as administrator, manager, and all around ‘barn mom.’ She has a master’s in public policy and administration with a concentration in finance and non-profit management. Combining her love of horses, people and business has landed her in her dream career. “My daughter and I started taking lessons from Larry and we never left!” From the moment she set foot on the grounds, “I knew this is where God was leading me”.
Vavra Curran, Creative Arts Director, Belhaven University, B.A. Psychology and Art. Vavra first visited the Foundation as the mother of a student. Her daughter started taking lessons and the vision expanded and now, her daughter volunteers as well. “ I am a home-school mom and Art teacher. God drew me to this Foundation, now I have a wonderful opportunity to share my love for Art, kids and horses at the same time. Every child is uniquely made and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve.”
Nicole: “I have always loved horses and this stable is a place that offered me peace, first and it is so relaxing and such a graceful environment, from the animals to the people right through to the students. Though horses drew me as a trainer, I am amazed at the growth for our special children and circumstances. “
Tim and the “Crew”: Tim is Valerie’s son and all around ranch hand. He and “the crew” keep our stables looking beautiful and welcoming for all. From digging up weeds, to mending fences, stacking hay and mowing, we are very thankful for their contribution to make your experience all it can be.
Debi Jessen, Accounting Manager
Mona Stout, Website Design and Technology Communications Director,