Barbara has been a General Session mentor at BYR since 2014. She heard about BYR through a prayer group that she attended with Jenny, and thought it might be a good way to put together her love for horses and her heart to counsel others in need. She has really enjoyed working with the kids and horses and has loved the opportunities she’s had to share truth with the kids! She learned to ride when she was in high school, and bought her first horse when she was 21. She rode English in the beginning, but has spent most of her time in a Western saddle. She doesn’t care too much which style she rides, what she really enjoys is the relationships that can develop between horse and rider. She also enjoys how much she learns about herself and God as she works with horses. While she is happy to work with any child who is here, she especially likes to work with the teenagers that come out. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Horticulture from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. She is also in the final stages of becoming a nationally certified counselor through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. She enjoys horses, hiking, crocheting, knitting, logic games, learning Hebrew, and music. In addition to working as a mentor at BYR she volunteers in her church’s library and is the leader for the Awana T&T program at her church.