Patty Anderton

Patty Anderton

Equine Service Manager

Patty Anderton serves as Manager of Equine Services at Hope Ranch Learning Academy.  She has been riding and training horses for 50 years and has 35 years experience as an equine professional.  During this time, she produced both USEF Horse of the Year and USEF Pony of the Year.  She is an USEF “R” rated judge and continues to promote quality instruction to students at Hope Ranch Learning Academy.  She facilitates the only Special Olympics Horsemasters Program in Florida and helps coach the school's equestrian team.

While many people believe students with learning disabilities are limited in their ability to have independence, Patty Anderton encourages each student to find their own level of independence using the donkeys and horses.  She believes in the ability of each student to form a working relationship with staff, volunteers, and animals therefore, producing confidence in themselves and success.  She takes great pleasure watching students progress from being led on horseback to controlling a horse or donkey by themselves.