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William G. Durden – Owner, Master Trainer, Riding Instructor

William G. Durden – Owner, Master Trainer & Riding Instructor

Raised in Woodstock, GA, Will is very excited to be able to provide his expertise and knowledge in the place where he calls home.

Will’s interest in horses began at a very young age.  As a child he started riding and showing, and fell in love with the equine sport.  Always in the ribbons at all the local shows around Atlanta, GA, he decided to pursue a professional career in equestrian sports.

After graduating from Sequoya High School in 2000, Will attended Meredith Manor International Equestrian Center, the top equestrian school in the United States.  Will studied dressage and hunter-jumper disciplines and graduated with honors attaining the highest teaching certification and Riding Master VI.  He was hired right out of school to train Hanoverians in Santa Barbara, California. 

Will then returned to the east coast and took a job with Highlife Farms in Orlando, Florida.  He taught at the Grand Cypress Equestrian Center for two years before deciding to leave to pursue his dream of owning his own stable where he could train, show, and teach others the skill of riding and horsemanship that he has enjoyed so much.

To schedule a meeting or lesson/training with Will, please email him at william.g.durden@owlridgeequestrian.com or call 470-328-9800.

 

 

Julie E. Clark, ESMHL – PATH Intl. Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, Therapeutic Program Director

Julie E. Clark, ESMHL – PATH Intl. Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning, Therapeutic Program Director

Julie is an accomplished PATH Intl. Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL). Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) falls under Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) and focuses on cognitive and behavioral improvements, primarily practiced on the ground (PATH Int., 2016). EFL promotes beneficial, therapeutic experiences and focuses on the relationship between a horse and a person in a healing environment.

Julie is passionate about creating and encouraging a therapeutic experience focusing on the relationship between a horse and a person, serving populations of all ages who have suffered trauma. Julie earned her Bachelor’s Degrees from the University of Georgia, where she volunteered and assisted in building two Therapeutic Equestrian Programs in Athens, GA. She is certified as a Steward of Children by Darkness to Light. In her free time, you could likely find Julie dreaming big, and hanging with her fur babies, a rescued OTTB, miniature donkeys, rescue cats and dog.

For more information please contact: julie.clark@owlridgeequestrian.com.