WarHorses for Heroes

Instructors and Leadership

Instructors

Our instructors, Trey Lawson, Billy Anderson and Sue Enright, have each spent decades loving, caring for and riding horses.  Each of them has extensive teaching experience with child and adult horse back riders, and they are eager to share their knowledge and passion with our nation’s heroes!

Billy Anderson

 

Billy Anderson started riding hunters at the age of 7, and spent his early teens just down the road at Forest Hill Stables, under the direction of Ann Johnson. Billy has been a professional in the horse world since he was 18, riding and training horses, breaking young horses, breaking harness horses, and teaching others to ride. He even spent 10 years as a polo groom. He worked in the commercial carriage industry for 18 years as a carriage driver, business manager and company owner. In 2002 he received his certification as an equine sports massage therapist, and in 2004 received his certification as an English saddle fitter, both from Animal Dynamics in Reddick, FL. Billy is currently a whipper-in for the Longreen Hunt club and has been an instructor here at Oak View Stables since 2012.

Trey Lawson - President, Co-Founder, Instructor

 

"My grandfather was a WWII veteran, and I always admired his bravery and sense of honor.  As a young man, I wanted to be just like him and join the services, but life took me in another direction, requiring me to help run the family business, and support the rest of my family.  I never lost my desire to provide meaningful service to my country and to those actually fighting in wars, so in my grandfather's honor, I want to provide the veterans with any opportunity and service I can."

 

Riding practically from birth, Trey began fox hunting when he was six and began competing in horse shows when he was seven. Trey & his horse, Maximilian, earned USEF Zone 4 Horse of the Year Awards in the hunter ring from 1995 until 2004. Trey then began his jumper career aboard Eagle Scout & Radisson, later having greater successes riding Samson's Secret, Easy Afternoon, Bamas' Blues and Smokey. In 2006, having earned his accounting degree from the University of Mississippi, Trey joined his family in the day to day running of the farm, training young horses and teaching every level of rider.

Sue Enright

 

Sue Enright has worked with individuals with disabilities in various roles for the last 30 years, providing care in group homes, counseling teens in a youth shelter, and assisting in special needs classrooms.  She has been riding at Oak View Stables since 1995, taking lessons, competing in horse shows and foxhunting. Sue also teaches beginner riders in lessons and in camps.  She is overjoyed to combine her love of horses with her desire to help those in need as an instructor for WarHorses for Heroes.

Leadership

Pearson Allen - Director, Co-Founder

 

Pearson Allen is the Director of Warhorses for Heroes and co-founder along with his best friend Trey Lawson.  For the last five years, he has taught English at Saint Benedict in Cordova, TN. Before that he worked for the Non-profit Peer Power; which works with high school students in the Shelby County schools to improve their ACT preparation and to help with their general class work.   He was educated at the University of Denver where he majored in Literature and minored in Business and communication.  He has also worked for a New York City boutique publishing house, managing their business operations. He has had a passion for helping people since his mom (who runs the Holy Names Soup kitchen) convinced him to be the Santa one year for all the kids of the parish. From a young age, Pearson was taught to help others.  As far back as he can remember his mother has run the soup kitchen at Holy Names church in downtown Memphis for the last 20 years.  He has watched as that community has benefited from her being a part of it.

 

“All I want to do is pay back or say thank you in some small way for our veterans. I have always been taught to help those who cannot help themselves.  Many of my friends that have returned from serving this great country have needed a little help.  For me, this is the best way to help them.  I have seen the way people interact with horses and know  that it is getting them to a better place."

 

email - Pearson.Allen@wh4h.org

Trey Lawson - President,Co-Founder, Instructor

 

Trey Lawson is the President of WarHorses for Heroes, as well as the Head Instructor.  Trey co-founded WarHorses for Heroes with his best friend Pearson Allen, because he saw a need and knew he could make a difference in a unique and impactful way.

 

"My grandfather was a WWII veteran, and I always admired his bravery and sense of honor.  As a young man, I wanted to be just like him and join the services, but life took me in another direction, requiring me to help run the family business, and support the rest of my family.  I never lost my desire to provide meaningful service to my country and to those actually fighting in wars, so in my grandfather's honor, I want to provide the veterans with any opportunity and service I can."

 

Riding practically from birth, Trey began fox hunting when he was six and began competing in horse shows when he was seven. Trey & his horse, Maximilian, earned USEF Zone 4 Horse of the Year Awards in the hunter ring from 1995 until 2004. Trey then began his jumper career aboard Eagle Scout & Radisson, later having greater successes riding Samson's Secret, Easy Afternoon, Bamas' Blues and Smokey. In 2006, having earned his accounting degree from the University of Mississippi, Trey joined his family in the day to day running of the farm, training young horses and teaching every level of rider.

 

email - Trey.Lawson@wh4h.org

Robert Haste - Veteran Representative

 

Col Robert Haste served on both active duty and in the United States Army Reserve for over 30 years.  His assignments include two combat tours, first during Operation Desert Storm and most recently in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan where he served as the Operations Officer (J3) of Joint Sustainment Command – Afghanistan.  He has served in a variety of leadership positions and has just recently retired after 30 years of service.

Col Haste is a graduate of the US Army War College, of both the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine corps command and staff colleges and the US Army Logistics Executive Development Course.

 

He holds a master’s degrees in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College, a master’s in Logistics Management from Florida Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Tennessee.   In his civilian career, Col Haste is a project manager for FedEx express.

 

He is married to the former Jennifer Tilghman of Kingsport, Tennessee and he and his family now reside in Germantown, Tennessee.

Sara Beth Raab - Secretary, Director of Communications and Fundraising Events

 

Ever since her first ride at the age of 7 on Lacy, the paint horse with big floppy ears, Sara Beth has been one of those “horse crazy girls.”  From childhood growing pains to adult stresses, Sara Beth touts that riding horses has kept her sane throughout her life.

 

“Spending time with horses has been one of the most healing activities in my life and as an adult, I have been vastly interested in how psychologists can use the equine in their practices.   My grandfather was a radio carrier in Iwo Jima in WWII, so the mission of WarHorses for Heroes is so very close to my heart. I am just thrilled to be involved and lend my time for our organization.”

 

In her day job, Sara Beth works for a large corporation setting the stage for new business opportunities through events and marketing communications. For WarHorses for Heroes, she oversees our external communications and directs our fundraising event efforts.

 

email - sbraab@wh4h.org

WarHorses for Heroes

13600 Looney Rd

Olive Branch, MS 38654

email us: info@wh4h.org

call us: 901-409-8954