Thom Bateman to Lead Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center Board

Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center has announced the election of Thom Bateman as chairman of its Board of Directors.

“Thom has been an integral part of Hearts for years, and I couldn’t be more pleased to see him in this role,” said Alexis Weaver, executive director for Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Cente r. “He has always been passionate about the work we do and the positive impact horses can have on a person. I look forward to working with him in this new capacity.”

Bateman has been involved with Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center as a volunteer for more than 13 years. A lifelong cowboy, he was raised in the Quarter Horse and commercial cattle business in Montana and Nevada, and grew up with reining and cutting horses. He returned to Santa Barbara 15 years ago and now farms avocados commercially. Bateman currently serves as a volunteer instructor for Hearts’ veterans program, Operation Unbridled Freedom.

He joined the Hearts Board of Directors in 2015 and is also a member of Los Rancheros Pobres.

Bateman holds a master’s degree in equine science and a bachelor’s in animal science from Montana State University.  

Since 1985, Hearts Therapeutic Equestrian Center has improved the lives of individuals with physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges, illnesses or injuries, in Santa Barbara County through equine facilitated activities and therapies.

For more information about Hearts, call (805) 964-1519 or visit

About Hearts Equestrian Therapeutic Center
Established in 1985, Hearts employs equine assisted activities to inspire, strengthen, and motivate children and adults with special needs. Hearts is a 501(C) 3 non-profit organization and is recognized by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH) as a “premier center” — the highest possible level of accreditation, demonstrating a superior level of adherence to national industry standards.  For more information, please visit or call (805) 964-1516. 

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