Meet Our Staff
Owner & Executive Director
Makayla Parr is the Founder and Program Director of Master’s Touch Recreational Riding. She specializes in providing therapeutic activities for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities, while teaching horseback riding skills. She was raised in the small town of Social Circle, Georgia, where she developed her love of animals and the outdoors.
In her eighteen years of experience as an equestrian, Makayla has competed in multiple disciplines including hunt seat, working cow horse, reining, cutting, mounted drill team and vaulting. She began her teaching career as a teenager when she started her own riding lesson business. Throughout high school, she served as a captain of the Walton County 4-H Mounted Drill Team, leading her team to win multiple state and regional titles. She went on to become an NCAA athlete on the equestrian team at the University of South Carolina where she received the Most Outstanding Rider Award and Community Service Award.
At a young age, Makayla developed a passion for riding horses and for working with disabled children. While doing research for a school assignment, she learned of Hippotherapy (physical, occupational, speech or language therapy that utilizes equine movement) and realized her two passions could be combined. After earning a bachelor’s degree in public health in May of 2017, she returned home to Georgia to achieve her lifelong dream of opening a therapeutic riding facility. With the generous help of family, close friends and numerous volunteers, her dreams have become her reality.
Molly developed a passion for horses at a very young age, and at the age of 23 her passion has not faded. Her combined passion for horses, dance, and music made her a candidate to become an equestrian vaulter. Molly began training as an equestrian vaulter at the age of eight. By the age of nine, Molly was competing in regional vaulting competitions throughout the southeast. Molly’s extensive training and hard work paid off over the years.
In 2009, when she came in second place in the individual trot division of the American Vaulting Association’s National Competition in Lexington, Kentucky. This was the first of many honors that soon followed. In addition, Molly won numerous overall champion and blue ribbons throughout the years in regional, national and international competitions. Molly last competed at the Silver level in the 2017 National Vaulting Competition.
On September 21, 2019, Molly married best friend, Craig Edwards. Molly is currently a senior at the University of Georgia where she is a nutrition and dietetics major. Upon graduation, Molly is hopeful of combining her degree in dietetics with the expertise in physical fitness she has acquired throughout the years in becoming an accomplished equestrian vaulter.
In addition to being a full-time student, Molly works part-time at Kelly Products, Inc. in Covington, Georgia. Molly and Craig are involved in the youth ministries at Crossroads Baptist Church in Social Circle and teach a young married couples life group.
Faith Henning is an instructor at Master’s Touch. She has been unashamedly obsessed with horses since early childhood, when she and her sister started riding lessons at a local farm. As a child and teen, she competed in hunt seat, hunter over fences, and dressage as well as western pleasure at local shows. Starting at age 16, she spent every summer for a decade helping run Double E Horse Camps all over North Georgia with her best friend.
After college, she found her “heart horse” in a Tennessee Walking Horse named Copper, who now lives at Master’s Touch. She began training, teaching riding lessons, and coaching at shows for local barns in 2010. After getting married in 2013 she left the professional horse world to work for the State of Georgia, but has continued to occasionally teach lessons and, of course, to continue trail riding with Copper. She’s instructing at Master’s Touch part time while maintaining her full-time job and her side business as an artist.
She is so grateful for the instructors who poured knowledge and encouragement into her as a horse-crazy girl, and wants to do the same for the next generation of equestrians. Her passion is turning horse-crazy kids into equestrians who can ride competently and compassionately and who are knowledgeable in all aspects of horse care. Faith lives in Newborn with her husband, Matt, and her completely spoiled boxer mix, Oberon.
Jenny Ley is an experienced instructor and educator that loves working with kids, adults, and horses. She has extensive experience and many championships from showing the past 30+ years in huntseat, jumping, dressage, western pleasure, trail, ranch horse, and has recently started obstacle competitions. She has served as a 4-H and Special Olympics Equestrian Coach, and taught countless kids and adults how to ride and work with horses. Jenny has also trained and shown many horses at local and national levels.
Jenny has served as an Exceptional Child Educator for 13 years and is currently teaching at Social Circle Elementary School. She holds Special Education, Gifted and Mathematics endorsements and has a passion for teaching academic as well as equestrian skills. She is excited to join the Master’s Touch team and continue to teach even more students how to enjoy the amazing gifts that horses offer us!