||Erin Bauer, DVM
Dr. Bauer is a licensed veterinarian and received her veterinary degree from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to being hired as Executive Director in 2011, Dr. Bauer had been in private practice for over 15 years. Dr. Bauer’s veterinary practice focused on small animal medicine and surgery, although joining Whispering Manes has allowed her to return to equine practice and work with the animals that she loves most. Dr. Bauer also provides routine care for all of our herd horses.
Program Director/Head Riding Instructor
Born in Montreal, Canada, Robin started volunteering at a therapeutic riding program in Atlanta, GA in 2002. She soon realized that this was the career path she would follow. In early 2006, Robin relocated to Miami and started training to become a PATH International Registered Instructor. She completed the PATH certification in 2009, and was began teaching part time in Broward and coaching the Broward County Special Olympics Equestrian Games. She continues to expand her knowledge of horses and of therapeutic riding by attending PATH International’s Vaulting workshop, Centered Riding workshop, and several natural horsemanship seminars. In January 2012, Robin taught the first therapeutic riding lessons at Whispering Manes, then in September that year, Robin joined our staff as the full time Program Director/Head Riding Instructor.
Edel, a native of Cuba, has spent many years in the horse industry including working as a farrier’s apprentice, as a veterinary assistant, and as a horse handler and groom for a local school that provided hippotherapy to their students.Edel is excellent with our horses and our riders, always calm, patient, and happy to help.
Sharon started volunteering at Whispering Manes in November of 2015 which lead to being hired as the Development Director. For 22 years Sharon previously served as the Director of Development for Holtz Children’s Hospital and the Guardian Angels at Jackson Health Foundation. She also worked for U. S. Congressman William Lehman for more than 16 years, originally as his office manager and becoming his Chief Campaign Fund Raiser. Born in New York and having attended York College, Sharon has lived in South Florida since the 1970’s. She loves spending time with family, is passionate about helping people, loves animals, and also enjoys traveling.
In the spring of 2015, Whispering Manes Therapeutic Riding Center moved into its permanent home on 5 beautiful acres in an area of central Miami-Dade County known as Horse Country. The land and the brand new, state-of-the-art 12-stall barn, covered riding arena, and 6 paddocks were donated to Whispering Manes by Nancy Hector, a local philanthropist and advocate of children’s causes. The new facility will better allow Whispering Manes to fulfill our mission of providing equine assisted activities to people with disabilities within the Miami-Dade community. Set back off the road, our quiet and private facility is beautifully landscaped with oak and banyan trees. The serenity of the farm makes it the ideal location for those looking to bond and interact with our horses in a therapeutic program. Additionally, in this central location we are better able to serve a community of families who would otherwise not have access to equine assisted activities.
Whispering Manes is extremely grateful for the new facility because it will allow us to expand our programming and become an even more valuable resource for the community. Aside from large and comfortable stalls for each of Whispering Manes’ horses, the new barn houses Whispering Manes’ program offices, a covered viewing patio, and a climate controlled indoor seating area for parents and caregivers to comfortably observe classes. The covered arena will make year round riding feasible now, allowing us to increase our capacity, while keeping the weather from interfering with classes. Whispering Manes is currently in the process of developing a hippotherapy program as well as a summer camp for the summer of 2016.