Rachel Prettyman, PATH Certified Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning

Project RIDE feels like a second home to me, and is the reason for my horse addiction!  My brother is disabled and grew up taking lessons at RIDE.  I loved tagging along for his lessons and quickly fell in love with the barn and horses.  I often dreamed of one day becoming a RIDE instructor. As soon as I was old enough, I became a volunteer and spent as much time as I could around the barn.  I took a break from volunteering to attend college, where I received my California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential.

After starting my teaching career I returned to RIDE as a volunteer and quickly rediscovered my desire to be an instructor.  I became a certified PATH instructor in November of 2016 and now teach lessons on Monday nights and Saturdays!  

I have my own horse, Sugar, who is a retired Project R.I.D.E. horse.  When I’m not teaching 3rd grade for the Elk Grove Unified School District, or teaching at RIDE, I’m often out on the trails with my horse.