“Farm life and riding are hard work,” says Pam Steere-Maloof of Faith Hill Farm. “They build depth of character. It’s very spiritual to be on a farm and riding and caring for horses.” Pam has loved horses all her life, and has been riding, training, and caring for them nearly that long. She and her husband opened Faith Hill Farm in East Greenwich in 1991. It has grown into an equestrian facility that not only teaches horsemanship to kids and adults, but bigger lessons about life and character. “Riding horses can teach people to be civic minded, good humans,” Pam says. “Our students go out and give back and make the world a better place.”
Faith Hill Farm trains riders of all ages, skill levels and abilities. “We have a real sense of inclusiveness, team spirit and community here,” she says. “Everyone is welcome, no matter what their personal goals are or whether they just ride for pleasure.” The farm hosts a summer camp every year. “The camp is a very educational experience for the kids,” she says. “Not only do they learn to ride, they learn horsemanship skills and much about horse care. There are always vets, dentists, horse massage therapists here giving the kids demonstrations.” At the end of each week of camp the kids have a fun show demonstrating to family and friends all they have learned on the farm’s safe, patient and well-trained school horses during the week. Faith Hill Farm also offers birthday parties and other events.
Pam trained extensively in Germany, and is an accomplished rider, winning bronze and silver medals from the U.S. Dressage Federation. Her students have also earned individual medals training under Pam. She regularly brings internationally recognized trainers, as well as former Olympians, to give clinics. FHF is the proud home to Rhode Island’s first Athletic Equestrian League Team as well as a successful long standing Interscholastic Equestrian Association Team. Pam has a combined 18 years coaching at the collegiate level for IHSA and IDA Teams. This portfolio has allowed Pam to coach countless students, adults and children alike to regional and national championship awards. The farm’s program includes two assistant trainers who bring an extensive background in eventing and hunt seat equitation.
Pam is in the process of getting the farm Eagala certified, and will soon offer a program for equine-assisted psychology and equine-assisted learning. “There’s so much research being done on the topics of how healing and enriching horses and farm life can be to people,” she says.
Pam has had such a rewarding life working with horses and all who share her passions. “Horses are enriching to one’s life and they teach us many life lessons,” she says. “Being involved with horses develops such depth of character in a person; it takes hard work, dedication, and perseverance. Horses demand a standard of behavior and levels of kindness that we as humans then strive to maintain.”
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