Meet our Humans

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Shanna Dozier

Founder & Executive Director

Shanna has a passion to see Equestrian Bridges grow and help as many families as possible. Her dedication to the program since 2007 has ensured that it is a constant resource for those in need in Northwest Arkansas.

 

Shanna has over 25 years' experience working with horses and is a certified PATH, Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor. She is currently working on her Masters degree at John Brown University for Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Play Therapy. Her utmost priority is maintaining the highest standards in professionalism for Equestrian Bridges and its programs.

Shanna is married with two young boys, Haven and Leo, who love coming to the stables with her!

 
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David Helm

Trainer and Equine Specialist, Equestrian Bridges Board Member

David is retired after 36 years in manufacturing leadership. He has had a relationship with horses since he was a toddler and started his Natural Horsemanship journey 20 years ago after seeing a horse being beaten for refusing to load into a trailer. His thoughts were, "there has to be a better way."

 

Since then he has spent time with Dennis Reis and Chris Cox to gain that horsemanship knowledge. David has volunteered his expertise for Equestrian Bridges in the training and development of our therapy horse team for over 15 years. David is now on the Equestrian Bridges Board of Directors and continues to offer his expertise to keep our programming at the top of its game.

 
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Christy Murry

Marketing and Community Outreach Director

Christy's passion for horses began as a toddler in the parking lot of a grocery store in Houston, TX where her mom paid a few dollars for her to ride a mini horse in circles. Growing up, she took advantage of every opportunity she could to be around horses, from volunteering at a Girl Scout camp to paying her own way through horse camps. She has since worked as a barn manager at Pine Cove Camps in Tyler, TX and as a hand for NCHA Triple Crown Champion and NHRA World Champion Joe Heim. She also has a bachelors degree in graphic design and has worked as a graphic designer, art teacher, photographer and digital marketer.

 

It was through her experience as a barn manager at Pine Cove that Christy saw how horses could be used to impact peoples' lives, and she is thrilled to be part of the team at Equestrian Bridges.

When she's not busy telling the world how amazing EB is, she enjoys fishing with her husband and caring for their animals.

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Alisha Jones

Therapeutic Riding Instructor, PATH Intl.

Alisha is an Arkansas native who recently moved from Aspen, Colorado. She was raised by her grandparents on a horse farm in Northeast Arkansas and grew up competing in rodeos and showing in western pleasure. She believes strongly in the use of natural horsemanship and has been trained in both the English and Western disciplines. 

 

Alisha is an internationally certified therapeutic riding instructor and has been serving the special needs community for seven years now. She has had the opportunity to work with both special needs individuals and the foster child population in some pretty spectacular locations including Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Aspen, Colorado; and the Grand Cayman Islands. 

Alisha is so excited to be back in her home state of Arkansas, and is calling Equestrian Bridges her dream team and forever home. 

 
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Sallie Elderton

Instructor

Sallie was practically born on top of a horse and has been riding ever since. She was seven years old when she became involved with EB, and we have watched Sallie grow into the sweet, kind young professional she is today!

 

Sallie holds an associates degree in science and is currently working toward becoming a PATH, Intl. therapeutic riding instructor. In addition to teaching riding lessons, she rides and keeps the horses in tip-top shape for sessions.