Our Team Leaders

Sue Terry

Vice President

 

Sue is a Seattle area professional with more than 20 years in real estate. She has started six companies for other people getting their business license in order, accounting program set up and running, designed marketing materials, strategic development for companies, and has owned and operated her own successful business.
She was a volunteer for many years with the school PTSA doing fundraisers from small fundraising events to golf tournaments and silent auctions along with volunteering at the Ronald McDonald house at Children’s Hospital serving dinners to 100 plus patients and families. Sue is still involved in Real Estate as a Broker and Company Administrator for three other small businesses.

Angie Pechal
Board Member 

 

Angie Pechal joined the Hitching Rail Board of Directors in 2019.  Angie’s motto for life is simple: Look for ways to make life better for those around you and help those around you live life to the fullest.  Currently an HR professional in the Seattle non-profit world, Angie brings 10 years experience in Business Administration/Operations and 3 years of experience in nonprofit management.  While growing up in Texas, Angie’s love for the outdoors, rural living and animals was nurtured by spending her weekends on her family’s 100+ acre farm.  Angie also grew up 25 miles from a military base in Texas and many of her friends, and some relatives, are veterans.  Seeing the devastating effects of PTSD on her loved ones, Angie wants nothing more than to provide the therapeutic benefits of rural life and equine therapy to veterans, first responders, and differently-abled people.   During her tenure on the board, Angie plans to contribute to areas related to fundraising, marketing, and operations.

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Jon Lewis

Board Member

 

Jon originally visited the Hitching Rail Ranch in early spring of 2021.  This was after a family member, who had been volunteering for the Hitching Rail for quite some time, knew he was interested in learning horsemanship and how to ride.  After encouraging him to visit the ranch and meet the staff, Jon began his riding career that May.  After the first visit he was hooked.  He took every chance to acquaint himself with the horses and became more and more comfortable in their presence.  Not only has this been a new experience for Jon it has had a positive affect in both his personal and professional life. Early on, after a riding lesson, he had a conversation with Linda, one of the volunteer instructors, who quoted Winston Churchill to him stating, “There’s something about the outside of a horse that’s good for the inside of a man.” He instantly connected with that sentiment and from that point forward he’s been dedicated to improving his riding skills and helping the Hitching Rail maintain its mission to help veterans and first responders and those that suffer from trauma to recover and attain a healthy and fun outlet to learn and grow.

 

When Jon was asked to join the board of directors last October he was flattered, humbled, and appreciative. Jon brings his experience as an attorney and working with his law partners in managing a successful firm to the administration of the Hitching Rail.  He was immediately impressed with the spirit and foresight of his fellow board members and their positive and strong relationship with the instructors and volunteers.  Through his experiences he has learned that it is best to be open and available to those in need and to offer assistance in anyway he can.  Developing a relationship with Skippy and the other horses has been a very positive endeavor and he hopes others may come to the ranch to experience and learn what he has.  

Patricia Bogart-Head

Executive Director

 

CHA Certified Master Instructor

CHA Clinic Instructor

 

I've been teaching professional since 1969.
I've taught all disciplines and ridden and shown and trained from English, western, gaited, side saddle, driving and more.


To teach, for me, is to breathe.

I love to teach riders and see them enjoy horses and love to help instructors and trainers see new insights.

I’ve had a heart for veterans since I was young. My father survived the Bataan Death March and 3.5 years as a POW. I’m excited to start a new adventure here at the Hitching Rail.

Linda C. Drost

Instructor

 

The Reluctant Equestrian. The last thing I ever thought would be in my future would be teaching anyone to ride. I had no riding experience as a kid and at 21 found myself taking lessons for the first time. Though I loved it, I was nauseous every week on my way to the stable. Fast forward to Germany several years later, when our instructor didn’t show up one night.  Jupp, the stable owner looked at me and said “you teach.” I guess that was because I had been there the longest. Well the instructor didn’t show the next week either, and I found myself with a group of USAF enlisted men and a sheet of paper with the “directions” written in German. I was now an Instructor. Since then, I have worked as a trail guide and barn assistant and was eventually hired for my dream job working as a horse handler for a therapeutic riding program. Somehow they convinced me to attend a CHA certification clinic and the rest is history. I have been working with horses and riders for the last 30 years and I specialize in starting beginner riders. Setting the basics, building confidence and competence is my goal. Once you are solid in the basics you can go to almost any instructor for “specialized” training.