Tom Goodspeed who was born and raised in the Milwaukee area has since established himself as a world re-known equestrian. Tom began his riding career in Milwaukee at the Joy Farm Riding Club at the age of 11. Tom has managed top show facilities on both coasts of the United States. The Ox Ridge Hunt Club in Darien, CT and the Los Angeles Equestrian Center in California.
It was at Ox Ridge in 1980 that Tom received his first introduction to the benefits of therapeutic riding with the Pegasus Riding Program. It has been his long time dream to operate a training program by the design of HOH to help others in need by offering the gift of horses to the youth of the surrounding communities. Tom is going to continue his education in the equestrian field by attending programs specifically directed at therapeutic riding to enhance his current level of experience.
Tom Goodspeed has been involved in the equestrian world as a, equitation instructor professional polo player, club manager, and coach for close to 40 years. He is currently the head coach for the SMU Polo Varsity Teams which compete at the regional and national levels in the USPA Intercollegiate Polo Circuit.
Ashley Beyer has worked with the HOH program for two years. Ashley grew up near Corpus Christi, TX and has been around horses her whole life. Ashley is currently in the procces of recieving her PATH instructor certifictation for therapeutic riding through classes offered at Texas Tech University.
Ashley currently attends Texas Tech where she is also pursuing a degree in Animal Science. Among other equestrian endeavours, she currently holds the office of Stable Manager for the Texas Tech Polo Team for her 3rd year running.
HOH will gladly work with various programs or groups wishing to utilize our therapeutic riding program. Any and all programs wishing to participate in the HOH Therapeutic Riding Program will be asked to provide appropriate staffing for the special needs of the paticipants. Often times this may even be parents, significant others or friends that are equipped to handle any special needs of the participant(s).
All side riders are residents from all walks of life in the greater Dallas area who like to contribute their time in helping those with special needs. The volunteers are trained in the proper handling of the horse and rider as leaders and side-riders. Often times, not always, the volunteers are people familiar with horses. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Helping on Horseback Inc. please email or call us.
Volunteering at HOH is an excellent form of community service and participants in our youth equestirna programs are encouraged to volunteer.
Staff members at HOH come from all walks of equestrian life and are both comfortable and familiar with all horse activites. Our experienced equestrians are more than capable of teaching the proper riding techniques to produce safe riders. We are also very gracious for the volunteers that choose to donate their time to our therapeutic program. HOH welcomes all members of the community wishing to donate their time.