Meet The Team

Executive Director

Muriel Forrest

Muriel is married to husband Mark for over 25 years, and is the proud mom of eight boys, two of whom have passed away from severe disabilities, two still living with severe disabilities, and four healthy boys who help out at the farm every day. Muriel is a PATH certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, a USDF L Program participant and a USEF Para Dressage Apprentice Coach. Muriel coaches at Wheatland Farm, speaks nationally on disability awareness issues, and advocates locally and nationally for families raising children with special needs.

Program Administrator

Michelle Hacecky

Michelle retired from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years in the Information Technology field and joined to Wheatlfarm Farm Family in January of 2018.  Her favorite part of her job is seeing the vast improvements in the riders at Wheatland, and watching families enjoy the activities together.

Equine Trainer & Instructor

Anthony Forrest

Anthony Forrest got his start in horse riding at the age of two at a therapeutic riding center he attended with his older brother, Johnny. Now an FEI 1* Eventing rider as well as a Pony Club B graduate, Anthony teaches up and coming able bodied riders, often the siblings of Wheatland special needs students. As the sibling of four brothers affected by disability, and a budding international level rider, Anthony knows one too well the challenges and joys of the students he teaches.

Licensed PTA & Instructor

Emily Carey

Emily Carey has been riding horses for 17 years with a background in the Eventing discipline.  Emily is also a Physical Therapist Assistant and works at an orthopedic physical therapy clinic in Purcellville, Virginia. Emily is enjoying the bridge between her two careers as she helps riders to accomplish their goals in riding, physical fitness and maximizing their skills for equestrian sport.

PATH Instructor

Tiffany Neel

Tiffany Neel graduated with a degree in Equine Science and Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies, and brings to her teaching at Wheatland Farm a wealth of experience as a life long horse rider, a certified PATH instructor and the mom of a very active almost two year old daughter! Especially effective with younger and more challenged riders, Tiffany's sense of fun and love of teaching brings out the smiles in even the shyest of students. Tiffany enjoys time with her family and her beloved mare when not at the farm teaching.

PATH Instructor

Heather Payne

Heather has been teaching children to ride with love, humor and enthusiasm since she graduated from college. Now married to her husband Joe, Wheatland Farm is the beneficiary of her  teaching skills -- AND her wonderful husband -- who volunteers with her when she teaches each week! Wheatland Farm is grateful to Heather and Joe for the hours of loving service they provide to their beloved students and their families.

PATH Instructor, USDF L Graduate

Pam McAfee

Pam McAfee has been teaching children to ride -- with disabilities, and those that are typically developing --  for over twenty five years. Now the mother of two teenage children, Pam brings her years of dressage, hunt seat and therapeutic riding to her instruction at Wheatland Farm, and thoroughly enjoys students of all ages and ability levels. Pam particularly enjoys teaching new riders, and adults returning to the saddle after years away from the sport.

Horse Development Specialist

Michael Alway

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Contributing Professionals