Bethany Nugent, owner  

Bethany Nugent, MSPT, HPCS, is a licensed physical therapist and founder of Bethany’s Equine and Aquatic Therapy Services, Inc (BEATS). An equestrian and swimmer since childhood, she found a natural fit in combining her love of these activities with her career as a therapist. Bethany has been practicing hippotherapy and aquatic therapy since graduating from the Master’s program at Ithaca College in New York in 1995. She has been working for Creative therapy, Inc in Canton, GA since December, 2000. In August 2001 she earned the title of Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist. Bethany is the founder of the Georgia Hippotherapy Club, an organization that promotes education and networking among therapists practicing hippotherapy in Georgia. She is the Georgia state liaison to the American Hippotherapy Association, a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, and a classifier for disabled riders. She is also an associate faculty member of the American Hippotherapy Association. Bethany has continued to compete in jumpers, dressage and combined training in recent years. She is married to Michael Butler and they have a daughter, Macayla, and a son, Ethan.


Jamie Bice, head trainer and manager

 Jamie has been riding for over 25 years and has extensive local GHJA and "AA" show experience in equitation, hunters & jumpers. She was a Captain of the Centennial High School IEA team and competed on the University of North Georgia Equestrian team where she was also the club’s president. Jamie focuses on building a solid foundation of riding skills and horsemanship to help both horse and rider work as a team whether their goal is recreational or competitive. She also enjoys the challenge of working with “problem” horses as well as re-training bad habits in horse and rider. Jamie is a PATH International Certified Riding Instructor and certified early childhood and special education teacher.  This background help Jamie have a style of teaching that allows her to adapt to each rider and horse.  Jamie currently coaches the St. Francis IEA teams out at Mariposa Farms. Jamie has had rider qualify for Regional Finals, Zones Finals and IEA National Finals.  On a personal level, Jamie is a mom of a toddler and wife.