Mary Frankel, USDF Bronze Medalist ,has been riding and showing for the past 40 years. After showing on the northeast Hunter/Jumper circuit for ten years, Mary relocated to Georgia with her family and opened Sonora Creek. For the past 17 years Mary has taught, trained and shown all over Georgia as well as many neighboring states. Mary also coaches on a national level with the Para Olympics and promotes therapeutic horseback riding for the disabled.
Mary is a certified instructor and currently coaches at local and regional level and has coached at the national level in Hunter/Jumper, and Dressage. Additionally she has coached three high school teams for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association. Click to see some of Mary’s Achievements
Katya Spafford is a licensed occupational therapist and founder of Tails4Therapy. A competitive equestrian for 15 years and her love for horses, dogs and children, enabled Katya to develop a passion working as a therapist helping children with special needs. Katya earned her degree in Animal Science with a concentration in Equine Science from Auburn University and completed her Master of Health Science in Occupational Therapy (MHSOT) degree from the College of Allied Health Sciences at the Georgia Regents University in Augusta (formerly known as the Medical College of Georgia). Katya’s introduction to horses began with her sister, who has autism, participating in hippotherapy sessions. She learned throughout the years the amazing benefits of animals can provide for clinical reasons and lifelong recreational and vocational opportunities. Katya’s 21 year old sister, Alexandra, works as an assistant for both Katya and other therapeutic riding instructors at Sonora Creek.
Stephanie Hutcherson is a certified instructor with NARHA and has been at Sonora Creek for the past 11 years. Stephanie also is a established side saddle rider and President of the Georgia Side SaddleAssociation.She was given the opportunity and enjoyed participating in the Inauguration Parade for President Obama, January 2009.
Laura McLendon has been with Sonora Creek for the past 7 years. Laura is an instructor and camp counselor. Laura has a degree in Early Child Development.
Debbie Raessler is a certified instructor with the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association and has been teaching Therapeutic riding for the past 9 years at Sonora Creeks.
Steve Frankel aka Mr. Steve, is the facility & camp administrator and works with the Cherokee County Board of Education.