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Our Team

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Sue Anne Wells, PH.D.

Owner

Horses are emotional, honest creatures, who respond to sensory stimulation: the body language they see, the touches they feel, and the sounds they hear. Therefore, communicating with horses requires that we adapt. We need to learn their language so that we can instill a sense of safety and security. And when we have a horse’s trust, we experience a communion of the spirit that transcends. Because like the horse, we need to feel safe and secure in order to flourish.

 

Through Mustang Leadership Partners, the loyal, loving bonds formed between CGLA students and their horses glean an understanding that extends beyond the barn. Our girls learn that attentiveness, respect, trust, and cooperation are attributes that will connect you with all life.

Michelle Adams

 

Trainer

   Michelle Adams is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist. She has successfully competed at the 4th level. Michelle has been working for Mustang Leadership Partners since 2009.

   Michelle is the farm Mom here at Mustang Leadership Partners.
Whether she is working with a young horse or a young student her
steady, persistent guidance is a cornerstone to the success of the
MLP program. During her years here, Michelle has started several of
the working horses: Amis, Lily, Preta, and Strider.

   Teaching riding for the after school girls school program is an important job, and Michelle’s background in therapeutic riding has been an asset to the program. Patience, understanding, and learning to be a calm leader are keys to the riding program at Mustang Leadership Partners; Michelle is the embodiment of these traits.

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Shannon Betts

Trainer

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   Shannon Betts is a USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medalist. She earned her medals on horses that she trained herself, beginning with them as three year olds and developing them up the levels. Shannon has trained and competed with many different breeds including: American Mustangs, American Quarter Horses, National Show Horses, Arabians, Morgans, PREs, and a variety of warmbloods. Shannon trains with and draws knowledge from renowned clinicians including Albrecht Heideman, Jaun Matute, and Tami Crawford. With Mustang Leadership Partners, Shannon has had the unique opportunity to work with and train many wild horses.

   One of her most cherished highlights was being able to train Dart, an American Mustang, all the way to schooling the Grand Prix movements. Unfortunately Dart was taken from this world before he competed at the FEI levels. Shannon deeply appreciates the intelligence and ability that these often-overlooked horses have. She believes the Mustangs have amazing heart and a special ability to bond with their humans. According to Shannon, “The Mustangs teach us so much about ourselves; Are we good leaders? Are we good listeners? Are we fair? If you can gain the trust of a wild horse and teach them to work for you, then you are better prepared to navigate other areas of life.”

Loran Frady

 

Barn Manager

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Hallie Sims

 

Groom

Hallie relocated to Chattanooga after graduating from West Virginia University with a Bachelors in Animal and Nutritional Sciences. She grew up riding and caring for Quarter Horses on her family farm in Virginia. She started working at Mustang Leadership Partners in April 2023.

Caitlin Gonzales

 

Groom

Caitlin is a Chattanooga native and began working at MLP in 2023. She has previous horse experience and was a therapeutic riding instructor. Before coming to MLP, Caitlin taught special education in area schools for ten years.

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