Instructors

They take pride in their work and strive to pass on their wealth of knowledge to others with every chance they get!
Our instructors 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!
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.

Billy Anderson
Instructor

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.
Sue Enright
Instructor

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.
MJ Higgins
Instructor - TRI, ESMHL

"Helping other veterans work towards their recoveries is the ultimate experience. The people and horses are truly a family. It took me far too long to admit things weren’t alright and I needed a positive therapy program. WarHorses for Heroes accepted me and has allowed me to grow immensely. Now I look forward to helping others do the same."

MJ Higgins served in the United States Marine Corps as a Cyber Network Systems Chief with the infantry. He is a PATH International certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, and also serves on the Equine Services for Heroes Committee. With this, he is able to aid the continuing growth of the program. He also instructs the Advanced Rider class.  As a TRI and ESMHL, he has been able to expand beyond veterans equine therapy and works with the Memphis Jewish Community Center, and similar organizations, providing equine therapy to disabled adults and children. His wife and young son have become an intricate part of these programs with him. MJ's passion for this work grows each day and the experiences gained throughout have been immensely rewarding.
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