Staff

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Beth Gaston

Founder of Strides of Strength Therapeutic Riding and Owner of Gaston Farm Road Equestrian Center.


Beth is a native South Carolinian with more than 30 years’ experience in Physical Therapy. She combines a life-long passion for horses, her vast knowledge of the body’s natural healing ability, and her keen understanding of the bond between horses and humans through Strides of Strength Therapeutic Riding, Inc., a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization she founded in 2018.


Beth purchased her grandparents’ family farm in 2006 and established Gaston Farm Rd Equestrian Center, the home of Strides of Strength Therapeutic Riding.


“I received my first pony, from Santa, when I was seven. Patty was a black-and-white Shetland, and she was the best equine anyone could ever ask for.


Beth holds a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy, and Level 1 certification in Hippotherapy from the American Hippotherapy Association. Beth is a member of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Riding (PATH), South Carolina Woods Ferry Horse Trails Association, South Carolina Upstate Equine Council, assistant coach of 4-H Horse Bowl and Hippology Teams for state, regional and national competitions, and a proud leader of Gaston Farms 4-H Group.

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Bethany Baxley

Program Director of Strides of Strength 


Bethany has a Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies Business Management from Averett University. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Equine Science from Aberystwyth University, UK.


Bethany is a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Certified Instructor and spends her time teaching lessons and caring for the farm's horses. Her goal is to compassionately serve others through equine therapeutic programming by using her education and leadership skills to foster growth and development.

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Caitlyn Kingbury

Tutor


Caitlyn has been riding for fifteen years with experience in dressage, groundwork, and effective biomechanical riding techniques. Outside the saddle, she is on her final year of acquiring her Art Education degree from Appalachian State University and plans on teaching art and math in North Carolina next year. She has worked for several years in afterschool tutoring and camp management. Her passion is to find creative solutions for students both in and out of the classroom for them to flourish into confident, skillful citizens.

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Blaine-Parrish Scovil

Tutor 


Blaine-Parrish Scovil is currently a high school English teacher in Rock Hill. She earned her BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina, majoring in Public Relations with a minor in English. After graduating, she went to work as an event coordinator for a Columbia based non-profit organization. She later returned to USC to complete her MFA in Creative Writing, during which time she also served as an instructor for undergraduate English courses and a tutor for the university’s Writing Center. As a teenager, Blaine-Parrish was involved with 4H and learned to ride horses at Gaston Farm Road Equestrian Center. She credits this hobby for boosting her confidence and allowing her to perform well academically and build social skills that have continued to benefit her as an adult.

Horses Helping Heal

Financial support and contributions of any amount enable us to continue our goals and mission. 


Donations are also accepted through the mail. 

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Strides of Strength 

2717 Gaston Farm Rd. 

Chester, SC 29706

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