Get To Know MANE

Get To Know MANE2018-11-07T20:50:20+00:00

MANE’s Mission

To provide safe and effective therapeutic horseback riding opportunities to children and adults in the Tri-County region.

MANE’s Story

Watch the short video below to learn more about MANE.

MANE’s Facilities

MANE is located on 44 beautiful acres on Wallahatchie Road in East Montgomery. The facilities include:

  • Large and small outdoor riding arena
  • 15-stall barn with indoor riding arena and mechanical lift
  • Indoor, outdoor and patio viewing areas
  • 3-acre state-of-the-art sensory integration trail
  • Enclosed round pen
  • Indoor classroom, meeting room, and office building

MANE’s facilities were specifically designed with therapeutic programs in mind to accommodate riders with all types of disabilities, as well as families and large school groups.

Meet the Team

Tiffany Atkinson – Director & Instructor

Tiffany is a lifelong equine enthusiast and resident of Central Alabama with over 15 years of marketing and management experience. She graduated from Alabama Christian Academy in 1996 and obtained her bachelor’s degree in marketing from Auburn University of Montgomery in 2001 while helping to manage a premier Quarter Horse show barn and breeding facility. After graduating, Tiffany served as the Marketing Coordinator for Knology, creating local marketing and public relation campaigns that helped to grow and strengthen the company’s community relations as well as their phone, cable, and internet sales in both the Montgomery and Prattville areas. After three years with Knology, Tiffany founded AA Advertising, where she created advertising campaigns for Ben Atkinson Motors, a Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep dealership in Tallassee, Alabama. She joined MANE’s team in November 2015 and earned her PATH Int’l registered level instructor certification in 2016.

Although Tiffany has always lived within a twenty-mile radius of Pike Road, she has traveled all over the United States showing and competing in equestrian events. She has enjoyed a successful show career with many regional and world titles through the Arabian Horse Association, Palomino Horse Breeders Association, and American Quarter Horse Association. In 2005, she began competing in United States Team Roping Association events all over the Southeast and Texas. Tiffany and her husband Ben own and operate Cedar Ridge Farms, which specializes in quality rope and ranch bred horses and provides riding and roping lessons to children and adults.

Abby Houchin – Associate Director & Instructor

Abby graduated from Virginia Tech in May of 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in human development and a minor in equine science. To supplement her education, Abby interned at a large therapeutic riding program – Healing Strides of Virginia – under the guidance of Carol Young. As an NCAA college athlete, Abby swam for Virginia Tech’s swim team and rode on the IHSA Hunt Seat equestrian team. In 2014, Abby was crowned the Virginia Quarter Horse Congress Queen and competed against young ladies from other state associations for the All-American Quarter Horse Congress Queen title, for which she placed in the top ten. Her platform in this endeavor allowed her to share her passion for working with people and horses with her community as well as to increase awareness of the benefits of therapeutic riding.

Upon graduation from Virginia Tech, she obtained her PATH Int’l Registered level instructor certification. She joined MANE’s team in February 2015, bringing her passion with her. As MANE’s Volunteer Coordinator, Abby is in the perfect position to continue her love of working with people and horses. Outside of work, she enjoys competing her Quarter Horse mare in three-day eventing and relaxing with her two Great Pyrenees.

Jessica Barnett von Gal – Volunteer Coordinator

Originally from Courtland, Mississippi, Jessica moved to the Montgomery area in 2006. For 15 years, she worked as a Respiratory Therapist at Baptist South and Montgomery Pulmonary Consultants before founding vG Media Management to provide remote clerical, social media and transcription support to small businesses.

Jessica was raised on her family’s farm which specialized in breeding, training and showing performance horses of both English and Western disciplines. Loving horses from an early age, her horse show career began at age 3 and sharing her love with others by teaching horseback riding lessons at age 10. Jessica has competed over the years in a variety of events with her primary focus now showing cutting or ranch versatility horses and heeling in team ropings. She has competed in and received awards from the American Quarter Horse Association, American Paint Horse Association, National Cutting Horse Association, National Reined Cow Horse Association, Professional Cowboys Association, United States Team Roping Association and various ranch horse show associations.

Jessica resides in South Montgomery County with her husband, Nick, and children, Galyn (age 9) and Olan (age 5 months), at the von Gal Ranch which produces all-natural beef and performance horses.

Kim Alford – Instructor

Kim grew up in and around the horse industry. Her mother Toni Flowers was a professional riding instructor who held a PATH Int’l certification and helped establish MANE in 1994. As a child, Kim participated in the United States Pony Club, graduating at the B level, and competed nationally in eventing and show jumping. After graduating high school, Kim worked and competed for a professional show jumper in Florida. She returned home over 14 years ago to start her own business as a riding instructor. In addition, Kim as also been the south region show jumping coach for pony club nationals for nine years and coach of the University of Alabama’s eventing team. Kim specializes in dressage, eventing, and show jumping and received her PATH Int’l registered level instructor certification in 2010.