Blair Newsome

Founder/ Executive Director

Blair’s love for horses started as a very young girl. She grew up on a horse farm.  She showed Hunter jumpers, Dressage, Side Saddle and Western along with training, breeding, trail riding, and riding for pleasure. 
She graduated from the College of Charleston with a BS degree in Sports Medicine with a concentration in Athletic Training. She also graduated from Midway University with a BS degree in Equine Therapy. 
Blair has been married to her husband Adam since 2005. She and Adam have 2 children: Olivia (10 yrs. old) and Warren (7 yrs. old). They own and operate a 90 + acre farm in Garrard County.


Laura Friday
Program Director

Laura is a PATH certified therapeutic riding instructor, EAGALA Certified Professional, and has a bachelor’s in both Equine Science and Social Work. She graduated from Asbury University in 2015 and was hired on at Hooves of Hope that summer. Laura has experience in Western, Dressage, low level jumping, Polo, and in training both ranch horses and police horses. Laura’s love for horses started early on at the age of eight and has grown into her professional career! She developed a desire to use horses to serve people while in high school and continued to expand her knowledge and experience at Asbury University and while working at various barns and camps. Laura enjoys training our horses, coordinating programs, teaching therapeutic riding lessons, managing the horse herd, and coordinating our volunteers and interns. Aside from her love of horses, Laura enjoys hiking, gardening, creating art projects, spending time with her friends, traveling the world, and going on walks with her dog Dozer.


Brielle Draper

Barn and Equine Manager


Brielle graduated from Midway University with a degree in Equine Management in 2019. She was hired at Hooves of Hope in 2021 and is currently pursuing her PATH Certification as a therapeutic riding instructor. Here at Hooves of Hope Brielle manages equine care and conditioning, as well as needed maintenance around the barn. She participates in facilitating all of our programs and will soon be teaching therapeutic riding lessons. The impact horses had to her own personal growth has fueled Brielle's desire to work in the equine assisted activities and therapies field! Brielle has experience in both western and english riding as well as trail riding. Brielle lives in Midway with her two horses, two dogs, and cat where she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family.

Pam Tiemeyer

Assistant Barn Manager


Pam has a love for horses that started as soon as she knew what they were. She trail rode as often as she and her sister could through the years and still is an avid trail rider.  She has many years working with horses and clients in Hippotherapy and Therapeutic horseback riding lessons.  Pam has been at Hooves of Hope for seven years and helps care for and train new horses that come into the program, as well as help give refresher courses to our horses after long winter breaks. She also assists in lessons as a side-walker or horse leader. Pam loves working at Hooves of Hope because she is able to encourage people with horses. Pam holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Shorter University. Pam has many hobbies that include riding her horses, playing with her grand-kids singing, playing guitar, dog training and swimming. Pam and her husband, Keith, have three grown children and three grandchildren. They live in Lancaster with their three dogs, four horses, and one donkey. 

Cindy Preston

PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor


Cindy is a PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, achieving her certification in 2010 at Equest in Wiley, Texas. Cindy is a life-long equestrian enthusiast and grew up eventing in the Mid-Florida pony club. She holds a Bachelor in Science Degree in Physical Education from the University of Central Florida. In addition to teaching therapeutic horseback riding lessons, Cindy takes her certified therapy dog, to Lord’s Legacy Life Ministries every other week. She is the proud Christian mother of three boys and the wife of a former Army surgeon. Cindy has a passion for serving individuals with special needs through animal-assisted activities and therapies.


Shane Adams

Facility and Maintenance Manager 


Shane served in the United States Army for 17 years and worked on the Kentucky State Police force for 11 years. Shane’s love of horses started as a child at his grandparents farm, and was rekindled as he found therapeutic riding to be helpful for his personal recovery from an injury sustained during his time as a state police officer. Shane has volunteered in equine assisted services for the past 7 years in various capacities from leader to side-walker to barn maintenance. Shane has been influential in serving veterans in our Operation Hope Veterans Program as he mentors veterans who are suffering from PTSD as well as Drug and Alcohol Addiction Disorder. Shane was hired at Hooves of Hope as a part-time Facilities and Maintenance Manager in 2021.