Born2Be Therapeutic Equestrian Center
                   A  P.A.T.H. Premier Accredited Center

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Director - Mary Gwinner

Horse background: Rode and showed English discipline through High School; Currently owns  three miniature horses and competes in horse driving trials and pleasure driving shows.

Education background: Certified in Special Educaton and taught special education elementary school in Mesquite and Midland. Also taught high school level special education in Midland.

Therapeutic Horsemanship background: Started as a volunteer at a center in Houston in 1988. Over the years has served as Client Coordinator, Board Member, Program Director and Executive Director. Guided three centers through multiple successful center accreditations and re-accreditations.

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Int'l (PATH) association.:

Member of the PATH Int'l Accreditation Committee

PATH  Lead Site Visitor

PATH Faculty (Standards Course, Associate Visitor Training Course and Center Accreditation Training course)

Tracy McCarty - Head Instructor

 Born and raised in Oklahoma, Tracy first started riding horses at four years of age and grew up riding and showing in 4-H. In 1995, when she moved to Texas, she had the privilege of working for Terri Barnes, one of the first physical therapists in the U.S. to study Hippotherapy in Germany, thus beginning Tracy's career in the therapeutic riding industry. By 1997, Tracy earned Registered Instructor status through PATH Int’l (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Int’l). Additionally, Tracy is a PATH certified Level I Driving Instructor, a PATH Mentor and a PATH Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. She is also a Site Visitor, which allows her to conduct Accreditation Site Visits at therapeutic riding programs for PATH Int'l. Currently Tracy resides in Denton, Texas with her husband, three daughters, three dogs and a Paint and Appaloosa horse both of whom are treasured members of the B2B therapy horse herd. She has one married daughter who is a Dr. of Physical Therapy and is also a proud new grandmother of a beautiful baby boy.

Trisha Kuhler, Instructor

Trisha did not discover the joy of horses until she was an adult. Her journey began by taking horseback riding lessons down the street from Born 2 Be. Her instructor at the time had a young niece who was disabled and together they helped her overcome her fear of horses. It was an amazing experience, so Trisha looked into therapeutic riding centers and found Born 2 Be just down the road. She started volunteering on a regular basis and became our equine manager for several years. She graduated from UNT with a BS in Biology in 2014 and then began her journey to become a Certified Therapeutic Horseback Riding Instructor. She student taught with Born 2 Be for a year and then completed her test to become PATH Certified. Trisha and her husband Paul finished building on their property and moved to Aubrey. They share their home and barn with Ripley (an Amazon Parrot), 2 barn cats Grohl and Taylor, and 4 horses, Magic, Mia, Rosalee, and Stewart. Trisha continues to take lessons on her personal horses and teach some able body lessons from her home. In addition to teaching, she also works 2 days a week in the office for Dr. Lampe with Absolute Equine.

Sarah Baker,  Instructor

Sarah began riding at the age of nine, spent her high school summers working as a riding camp counselor, and taught beginner English jumping lessons during her college summers. Her main riding background is in hunter/jumpers and English equitation, but she is currently learning to event. She rode on the English and Western Varsity equestrian teams at West Texas A&M and graduated with her bachelor's in English from the University of North Texas. Sarah also has her master's in library science from UNT. Her professional background is in education: she taught high school English for seven years and was a middle school librarian for one year. She brings her passions for teaching and horses together as a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. Sarah and her husband, James, have two dogs, two cats, a ball python, and lease a horse. Aside from riding, Sarah likes to read, attend agility classes with her dog Finn, sew, and do yoga. 

Eva De Meyer Anderson - Instructor

Born and raised in Belgium Eva De Meyer Anderson didn’t have a horse but regularly attended pony and horse camps when she was young. After graduating as an Occupational Therapist, Eva wanted to go see the world. She went to Australia with an association called WEP (World Education Program). They offered a program called “Australian Cowboy” which gave her the opportunity to stay on a ranch, be part of the family and ride their horses.

This is where Eva met her husband Mal, who had a dairy farm and about 24 Quarter Horses. In 2011 they decided to sell the dairy farm and move to the USA to pursue their ‘horsey’ dream. They, along with 2 dogs, a cat and 2 horses purchased the old Babcock Ranch in Gainesville TX.

When they settled here, Eva found out that therapeutic riding is very popular in the U.S. She thought it would be a great way to have a combination between her background as an OT and the horse world. She became a PATH Intl. certified instructor in May. At the start of September she attended a hippotherapy course.

She is a real asset to Team B2B. Her sense of humor and great teaching style has made her popular with our riders.