Brenda Malcolm | Owner of Oak Hill Farm

Sho GlowsBrenda has always loved horses. When she received her first pony at age 4, it was love at first sight, and propelled her to compete across the country. “My favorite horse growing up was a mare named Magic Medicine. I rode her at the Indiana State Fair, and it’s a ride I will never forget.” Since then, she has shared her equine passion with others, instructing riders as a 16-year-old in 4-H, and later for her own children. She’s now the owner of Oak Hill Farm, a therapeutic riding facility for children and adults with physical, emotional or learning disabilities. “Therapeutic riding is a collaboration between parents, guardians and other professionals to provide specialized lessons utilizing the power of horses to help people grow, learn and achieve.” When she began Oak Hill Farm, Brenda’s inspiration came from Rita Spears. “She is a wonderful, knowledgeable person who loves to help people enhance their lives in spite of challenges.” In addition to horseback riding, Brenda enjoys 5K races, hiking, biking, cross country skiing and traveling West. Items to check off her bucket list in 2015 include running a 10K, zip lining the Rocky Mountains, and visiting Ireland where her family originates. “I believe in balance and God’s plan; I would not change anything. My life-long love affair with horses has made me the person I am today. I encourage others to live life to the fullest by loving family and friends, and following your heart. Life will be as it is meant to be.”

Written by Shelley Galbreath, Feature Writer
Photo by Bonnie Manning, Feature Photographer

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