Andrea Burkholder – Lesson Instructor
As long as I can remember, I’ve loved horses. My great grandfather had calendar pages of horses covering the walls of his workshop, and I remember being so fascinated as a little girl, I followed in his footsteps, covering my childhood bedroom walls with pictures of my favorite animal, When I was 9, we got my first horse, Acorn, a miniature horse I named after a pony in the “Pony Pal” book series.
Since then, I’ve owned two more horses, both of which are still with me today, One of them I trained from a 4 month old and the other was a green broke 4 year old. I was homeschooled from third grade on, which gave me lots of extra time to devote to my horses, I always knew they would be in my life forever, it was never just a “phase”, I’ve worked at several barns, gave riding lessons on my personal horses, trained other people’s horses, and continued learning about them.
As a young teenager, I was thrilled to learn about Crystal Peaks in Oregon and how people were working with horses to show God’s love and redemption, A student’s mom introduced me to Green Meadow Farm a few years later and I was an Instructor for a few years before I was married, and I enjoyed it so much. After Brandon and l’s wedding in 2017, and moving farther south in Lancaster County, I began working at a residential girl’s ministry, Meadows of Hope. Shortly after the birth of my first child. Oliver, in 2019 I became Equine Supervisor. I continued in that role managing the barn of 8 horses, and leading sessions for 7-10 girls several times a week until the birth of my second child, Ava in 2021.
Being back at Green Meadow Farm again in a different stage of my life has been so rewarding as I can see how much God has taught me during working with horses and how much He desires His people to be brought close to him, and develop connected relationships with Himself, other people and the beautiful animals He created.