Our Operation

Our Team

An awesome team of dedicated professionals who make a difference in our client's lives on a daily basis.

Our Therapy Horses

Our horse are specially chosen for their temperment and movements. They are integral part of our therapy team.

Our Facility

We've recently moved to an expansive, state-of-the-art farm that creates a welcoming and loving environment for our work.

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Our Team

Vicky Carregal​

Executive Director/Physical Therapist​

Vicky Carregal, MSPT serves as the Executive Director of Horseplay Therapy Center. Vicky graduated from University of North Florida in 2002 with a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy and has spent 15 years working with children. She lives in St. Augustine, FL with her husband and two boys. Vicky loves running Horseplay Therapy Center, but she is a therapist at heart and continues to treat patients. Once she discovered the effectiveness of hippotherapy in 2014, she strived to make it available to all who would benefit from it. Vicky is proud to be the founder of Horseplay Therapy Center and hopes that lives will continue to be changed through the therapy they provide and the love and care that goes along with it!

Melinda Clark​

Occupational Therapist​

Since receiving her Master’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of St. Augustine in 2008, Melinda has worked in the pediatric field, providing services to children with a wide variety of diagnoses in home, clinic and preschool settings. She has been working in hippotherapy since 2013. Additional special interests include early intervention and sensory integration. Melinda is a trained Therapeutic Listening and Integrated Listening System (iLs) provider. Besides working as an OT, Melinda is a volunteer and parent advisor at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, FL, where she works with visually impaired 0- to 6-year- olds and their families in the home. Melinda lives in St. Augustine with her husband and two sons.

Ken Mixon

Lead Volunteer

Ken Mixon retired in from Sea Star Lines in 2012 and decided that his real work needed to begin! He is one of the original volunteers at Horseplay Therapy. Known by all as “Mr Ken”, he is willing to do anything needed to help a hippotherapy session be successful. This often means talking like cookie monster, or singing the requested song of the day over and over and over and over again. Mr Ken is loved by our families and staff, and adored by our patients. He loves watching the kids progress and is always ready to celebrate when they do great things! We are so thankful for Mr. Ken!

Katherine Cammack

Speech Therapist

Adrienne McCoy

Administrative Assistant

Kimberly DeJesus

Speech Therapist

Meredith Page

Physical Therapist Assistant

Stephanie Loomis

Occupational Therapy Assistant

Amanda Edwards

Physical Therapy Assistant

Kelli Williams

Speech Therapist

Rosanna Lefebvre

Barn Manager

Judy Bechtold

Our first volunteer and she's still with us today!

Marjorie O'Loughlin

Our Therapy Horses

Horseplay Therapy Center horses are carefully chosen for their temperament and the type of movement they produce.  All are specially trained in how to perform during a therapy session and are handled by experienced horse handlers.

Captain

13 year old Tennessee Walker​

Captain is our very handsome Tennessee Walker who loves to be large and in charge. He loves posing for pictures and being the center of attention! You can find Captain wherever the kids are…unless you find him in the pond. No kids in the pond, but Captain has been known to sneek off for a quick dip!

Brave

12 year old Palomino Quarter Horse

Brave is a special guy with a special story. He suffered a severe facial injury that damaged his nerves and affected the whole left side of his face including his vision. He recovered from his injury, and our kids Love that he is a little different from the rest. He is a great therapy horse who is eager to please and has definitely lived up to his name. We love our Brave!

Lizzie

11 year old Welsh Pony

Lizzie is a Welsh pony who LOVES attention! She stands 14.2 hands tall and is our smallest therapy horse. She is the first one to poke her head out of her stall to say hello, so of course, she is a popular girl!

Stony

17 year old Rocky Mountain Walking Horse

Stony is one of our big boys! He is a champion at walking tall and strong as he carries our bigger kids.

Woody

21 year old Tennessee Walker

Woody is a gentle giant who stands 16.5 hands,. He is always ready for love and attention.

Ringo

16 year old

Ringo joined our therapy team! He is gentle and sweet, and carries some of our tiniest kids. He's been with us for a year now and we are so glad he found us!

Prince

The youngest of the herd, this Gypsy Vanner is a quiet and super sweet little guy.

Jerry

Our Facility

In 2018, we moved to a beautiful property and built a large covered arena that provides a safe environment for year round hippotherapy.  The 11 acre property with its 10 stalls and 3 child centered therapy rooms provides ample space to grow.  In 2020, thanks to the generosity of Kacey Musgraves, we built 80’x152’ covered arena, grew program to 150 visits per week, and began installation of a septic system in order to replace port-o-johns with a handicapped accessible bathroom with toilets for the children and families we serve.

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