Our Founder, Rachel B. Paez, is a certified equine-assisted healing facilitator, addictions specialist, mental health program developer and consultant. With her unique background, she enjoys sharing her experiences and specialized knowledge through public speaking.
Rachel has spent most of her life working with animals. She began as a competitive show rider at the age of 5 and spent her childhood and teen years showing top performance hunter/jumpers all over the country. Rachel has also competed in the Southern California Wild Mustang challenge where she domesticated and trained a wild mustang in 100 days. In addition to her successful equestrian career she dedicated time to operating breeding facilities, cattle ranches, and dairy farms.
Over the last decade she has worked as house manager for an eating disorder center, given educational talks on harm reduction, and helped to develop drug treatment programs. Rachel became passionate about alternative wellness and animal-assisted healing after reflecting on her own personal experiences. She saw a scarcity of alternative healing programs offered in the treatment of mental health and therefore created Rebels Farm in 2018.
Rachel currently lives in Ohio on a farm of her own and is still a competitive rider. Outside of her farm life she is trauma informed restorative yoga teacher.
Kendra has a lifetime of equestrian knowledge. She has extensive training in halter, showmanship, western pleasure, and horsemanship disciplines. Over the years, she has also dedicated her time to caring for geriatric and special needs animals. Kendra is a certified equine behavior specialist and currently lives on a working ranch of her own.
Kendra’s personal struggle with ADHD and anxiety has lead her to be passionate about providing mental health care. Through first hand experience in this field, she has witnessed the impact and importance of recreational and alternative therapeutic modalities.
Kendra graduated from the University of Redlands with a B.A. in Studio Art. In addition to being the Rebels Farm Herd Manager, Kendra also designs all of our marketing materials and training booklets.