Who We Are

Reining Warriors

Our Mission

Utilizing horses to heal heroes by providing hands-on support for our service men and women and first responders through specific equine-assisted programs that provide training in equine care, management, groundwork, and horseback riding. We are dedicated to giving back and helping those who have served and are currently serving our country and community.

Our Board

Sonya Fullen

Michelle Miller

Michelle Miller is the founder and executive director of Reining Warriors. Combining her lifetime love of horses and a vision to start a program to help veterans and first responders led her to start Reining Warriors. In the summer of 2018, she completed her Horse Powered Reading™ facilitator training with the program’s founder Dr. Michele Pickel. Shortly after, she started the Pony Tales tutoring program to help struggling readers become more confident and motivated readers.

Bri Echols

Bri Echols has served as our Board President since 2018 and has enjoyed her time with us. She is originally from Bridgewater, Virginia, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Growing up, she spent a lot of time riding and training in many different equine disciplines. She started riding lessons at a young age and grew up riding English. You would most often find her riding Welsh cross and Arabian Cross ponies or Warmbloods and Thoroughbreds on the flat. When she was a teenager, she pursued her true passion for western riding, which led her to dip her toes in cutting and barrel racing. These days she enjoys riding her Quarter Horse mare, Sierra, and Appaloosa gelding, Hawk, on the farm whenever she can, whether it be in an English or Western saddle.  

Not only has she loved horses since she was a child, but she has also had a passion for animals. She attended Blue Ridge Community College and graduated from the Veterinary Technology program in 2014, and she has been working as a Licensed/Registered Veterinary Technician for 8 years.  

Bri now calls Gap Mills, WV home with her husband Andrew, their son Azel, and two border collies, Birdie and Fancy. She enjoys working on the farm alongside her husband and practicing leatherwork in her spare time. 

Sonya Fullen

Sonya Fullen is a known horse enthusiast and former high school rodeo student-athlete. She’s very familiar with the military as her husband is in the Navy. They have two kids together and reside in Salt Sulphur Springs on their family farm. Sonya is a veterinary technician and is interested in the horses’ overall health as they do their work in assisting our veterans and first responders. She wears many hats as she holds the secretary and treasurer positions while also working on the more tech-savvy aspects of the program.