They dedicate themselves to the organization in order to ensure every decision and operation optimally benefits the veterans! Our Leadership Team constantly works behind the scenes to ensure the program and activities benefit our heroes in every way possible.
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.
“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."
Pearson Allen is the Director of Warhorses for Heroes and co-founder along with his best friend Trey Lawson. Pearson teaches Upper School students at St. Agnes Academy and previously 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 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. He has watched as that community has benefited from her being a part of it.
“Horses have been in my life since before I could walk, so their healing powers are obvious to me. When I got the opportunity to help build an organization with such a great mission, that partnered horses with our veterans in need, I poured my heart and soul into it.”
Both of Rachel’s grandfathers served in WWII, and it was recently uncovered that her paternal grandfather led secret religious services for the other prisoners of war he was captured with in Germany. Such bravery and selflessness inspired Rachel to give back to all those who have fought for freedom.
Rachel is currently a research scientist in the Center for Advanced Genome Engineering at St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital. She received her PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, where she worked on developing targeted drug delivery vehicles for improved cancer therapy. She has served on the boards of several organizations throughout her academic career, and is excited to share her experiences and learn even more with WarHorses for Heroes
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.