Shannon Stewart was born in Hampton, VA and spent 40 years living in Southeastern Arizona before moving to Bolivar, Missouri in September of 2013. She began taking riding lessons at the age of 4 in Tucson, AZ and has been riding horses ever since. She got her first horse at the age of 8 and joined 4-H at the age of 9. She began her 10 year horseshow career at the age of 10 in the Paint Horse circuit under the guiding wing of her trainer and mentor, as well as showing in open circuit and 4-H shows. She trained her horse to compete in Western and English Pleasure, as well as Trail and Hunter Jumper. She went on to win various champion, reserve champion and high point awards while furthering her career in 4-H as an advanced rider, junior leader and eventually club President. She began instructing and training professionally at the age of 20 and in 2008 was certified as a P.A.T.H Int’l Registered Instructor. She also co-founded Hero Hearts EquiCenter Therapeutic Riding Center in Sierra Vista, AZ in 2008 and worked with adults and children with special needs, as well as active duty and military veterans and their families. . In March of 2013 she earned her Mind Body Wellness Practitioner diploma and is a certified holistic nutritionist, life coach, and hypnotherapist. She focuses on helping clients of all ages to heal mentally, emotionally, and physically and achieve happy, balanced lives. She began volunteering with Horse of Hope in November of 2013, and in March of 2014 was hired as a staff member and Equine Experiential Education Specialist.