Chuck Feighner is a Centre County native with 18 years of experience in the Equine industry. He has ridden horses his entire life. His passion for horses quickly turned into a business of shoeing, training, lessons and equine dentistry. He has spent years traveling all over the country working closely with several world renowned Trainers and Instructors. He currently manages West Fork Stables on Jacksonville Road in Bellefonte, that offers boarding, training and lessons. He also travels to clients locations to train and give lessons. Chuck's parents were Foster Parents and Fresh Air Hosts. He grew up helping many foster children. In 2011 he began working with Horses of Hope and in 2012 he became a certified PATH Instructor and began helping those in need with the healing power of Equine Therapy.
“Horses have always been a part of my life. I started riding at a young age and at 12 years old I was taking LHU students on trail rides. Life in my 20's took me to Norfolk, VA. From there I found Triple R Ranch in Chesapeake. I volunteered as a horse Walker for the Triple R Ranch Special Equestrians program. I stayed for 8 years and witnessed amazing transformations for our riders. While there I also started working as a Wrangler preparing for and taking guests for trail rides. During that time I also earned my CHA teaching certificate. In the 90's I was invited to a horse expo where I saw natural horsemanship for the first time. I've been very excited about it since! After moving back to PA, I was very happy to learn of Horses of Hope! I am looking forward to many years of teaching, learning, and being a part of the growth of Horses of Hope!!”
Kim Roush has been riding and working with horses since she was 10 (and we won't say how many years ago that was...). While currently running a program that trains tutors to work with low literate adults, her heart remains with riding and teaching others to ride. At one point in her life she worked in group homes with the developmentally disabled and simultaneously worked with some of the same clients as a certified therapeutic riding instructor. She can't wait to get certified again and work with the wonderful people and horses at Horses of Hope!