"...The sense of responsibility..."

Veronica Mollema, Chairman of the Dry Creek Saddle Club, poses with her horse Fign

Veronica Mollema, Chairman of the Dry Creek Saddle Club, poses with her horse Fign Oct. 19, 2017 at the Beale Air Force Base equestrian stables. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Dana Tourtellotte)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

“I grew up with horses and I think the horse bug is genetic. My mom would train other people’s horses in exchange for rides. Now my husband and I, along with our 7 year old son, each own a horse at Beale. Horses are great for any age group, for those with or without disabilities and for those who are or are not horse savvy. I would like to get involved with saddles for soldiers using my horse Fijn and I eventually want to offer therapeutic riding to support those with autism. Just the sense of responsibility, which comes from working with a horse can help people to achieve developmental milestones and build confidence. Even a five minute interaction with a horse always leaves you feeling better.”

Veronica Mollema, Chairman of the Dry Creek Saddle Club
Hometown: Chiloquin, Oregon