Staff

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Beth Gaston

Founder, Strides of Strength and Owner, Gaston Farms Equestrian Center


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


“I received my first pony when I was seven. Patty was a black-and-white Shetland, and she was the best horse anyone could ever ask for. I spent many days propped against her belly under a

pecan tree while we napped. She listened to many stories as I learned to read, and we covered many miles together!”


Beth holds an associate degree of Applied Science in Physical Therapy from Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), a Bachelor of Science and a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from Berry University, 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 Bradshaw

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 currently lives at Gaston Farms Equestrian Center, home of Strides of Strength. She spends her days training horses and working towards her Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Instructor Certification.


Her goal is to compassionately serve others through equine therapeutic programming by using her education and leadership skills to foster growth and development.

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. Send checks  or money orders to Strides of Strength 2717 Gaston Farm Rd. Chester, SC 2970

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