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.

Our Horse handlers

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JoBeth Holmes

Creighton Ellison

Dayna Cabaniss

Growing up, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for horses but little did I know I also had a special place in my heart for helping others. I was involved with everything and anything horse related, 4H, riding lessons, working on various farms, and the list goes on. It wasn’t until college where I really discovered what I was meant to do. I joined the fire department and the rest is history. Being a public servant is a feeling like no other, helping others brings fulfillment to my life. When Strides of Strength was in the making I knew it was something I had to be a part of. Working with the horses and helping others is a dream. 

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Dayna Cabaniss

Creighton Ellison

Dayna Cabaniss

Bio coming soon...

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Creighton Ellison

Creighton Ellison

Creighton Ellison

I am a trainer and barn helper at Gaston Farms from White Oak,SC. I am a western rider that competes in barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway and team roping, cutting and reining. I have competed with many organizations including 8 years with the SC High School Rodeo Association. I also enjoyed 7 years participating in national competitions. My hobbies include all my animals, 5 horses, 4 cats and my Australian Shepard named Cowboy.
I hold an associated degree and am currently taking classes with Midlands Technical college. 

Health and Healing through Horses

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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