Anne grew up in the back hills of the deep south where she discovered the love of her life; horses. Anne has always had a passion for these large four legged creatures and spent as much time with them as possible. She fondly remembers the Spring Festival in April every year while she was growing up. “I would spend all three days of the festival with the pony ride carousel.” She recalls. “My grandmother was always at the festival with her arts and crafts booth. So we were there the whole time anyhow. I would just spend the time with the ponies. I would help feed and brush and lead them around when they were not working. In exchange the vendor usually let me ride the big one in the carousel. I was in heaven.” As Anne speaks, it is easy to see the love in her eyes for these amazing animals. She tells of a neighbor several blocks away from her house having horses when she was a teenager. “My friend; Amber, and I would spend hours every day in the summer there. We went everywhere on those horses. Oh the adventures we had. We were Annie Oakley and Mollie Monroe”
Anne’s dream has always been to share her love of horses with anyone and everyone willing to listen. Her goal is to one day have a huge barn and facility to house her lesson program.
Anne is ARIA and Richard Shrake certified. She holds a number of additional therapeutic certifications as well. Anne has been teaching horses and riders to work harmoniously for over 30 years. She has mastered a technique that allows horse and human to understand each other. “If we are going to work with horses, we need to think more like horses.” Her specialty is teaching children and those who are nervous around horses. Anne is a current member in good standing of the following associations:
AQHA, ApHC, PFHA, POAC, SMR, North American Handicapped Riding Association, American Riding Instructors Association, AQHA Professional Horseman’s Association, Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, Nebraska Horse Council and Colorado Horse Council. Anne is also an approved 4-H and Open horse show Judge. Anne was certified through CSU in 2013 to AI mares, collect stallions, cool or freeze and ship semen, evaluate the breeding soundness of mares and stallions.
Mary is a valued partner in the Pine Ranch venture. She is a Physical Therapist of 20 years and the Director of Rehabilitation at a local Nursing facility. Mary has taken those years of experience and teamed it with her intense passion for horses to become a Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner. Her certification was earned at the University of Tennessee.in 2018. We couldn’t be more blessed to have Mary as our equine health specialist. Mary is a volunteer Firefighter, an avid equestrian, and currently participates in Kenpo Karate. She ran the prestigious New York Marathon in 2017. Her hobbies include being a talented quilter, playing with her two great dogs and keeping her husband in line. Mary joined the Pine Ranch team in 2015; first as a student and now as a willing hand and Jackie of all trades. Her clever ideas, leadership, take charge attitude, quiet demeanor and grounded energy are a prized asset here at the Ranch. Miss Anne would be lost without Miss Mary.
“I am always up for the adventures and the learning experiences which are ALWAYS plentiful at Pine Ranch.” ~ Mary Heckman
Eddie Walton is Miss Anne’s Right Hand Ranch Hand here at Pine Ranch. Eddie is an Eagle Scout, an awarded Cross Country athlete, an accomplished state swimmer, a Civil Air Patrol Cadet and an honored student. Eddie has been a part of life at Pine Ranch since he was about four years old. Nearly every summer he would come for a visit and to ride the horses. Time passed and Eddie was offered the coveted “Ranch Hand” position which we were blessed that he accepted. Eddie is heading into his second summer with us. Eddie is an amazing asset to our program. His help with chores and lessons makes everyone’s day a bit brighter. Eddie’s repair and mechanical expertise is always put to the test with all of the equipment and facility buildings at the Ranch. His mastery of the nuances of leadership and efficiency help The Ranch run smoothly and with as little stress as possible. Be sure to say hello to Mr. Eddie and let him know how much you appreciate him when you come for a visit.
“I am happy that I work at Pine Ranch and look forward to your business.” ~ Eddie Walton
There are many people who come and help us at the Ranch. We have a number of different interns every spring and summer who come for the great, grand adventures that can be had here. So many other people come and help out at the Ranch that they are too numerous to mention them all. Because of all of these people, Pine Ranch has become what it is today. Thank you to each and every one of you.