What we do

The Academy at Double H Ranch seeks to help low income, at-risk students to prepare for life. The Academy provides a tuition-free education in a non-traditional setting.

Located on a working horse ranch in rural Pickens County, Georgia, the Academy ministers to students seeking an alternative method learning .

The Academy offers Equine Therapy in a stable learning community , providing two balanced meals a day. However, our goal is to provide a hand up and not a hand out. Therefore, every student spends a portion of their school week in working on the ranch. Depending on age and ability, chores may include caring for the horses, feeding the chickens, or weeding the garden.

What is Equine THERAPY

Equine therapy is the discipline of using horses as a means to provide metaphoric experiences in order to promote emotional growth. The horses provide an excellent way for youth to react when they are otherwise therapy resistant. Equine therapists will usually teach many lessons on ways in which horses learn, react, and follow instructions to the lives of youth themselves.

Certified Equine Therapist

Programs include a full range of personal development and team building opportunities under the Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine Assisted Psychotheropy (EAP) models.

Services are specific to the unique needs of each individual.

Equine assisted learning and psychotheropy brings dramatic relief to those with mental, physical and emotional disorders.

Success is achieved through proven theropeutic, faith based interventions that incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning.

  • EAGALA Certified Program
  • EAP & EAL Approved Facilitators
  • O.K. Corral Series Specialist

Board of Directors

Sheriff Donnie Craig

Sheriff Craig has served as the sheriff of Pickens County for the last six years. A resident of the county for more than 30 years, Sheriff Craig began his law enforcement career in 1992. An innovative leader, Craig partners with the community through programs like the Sheriff's Office Auxillary Unit.

Rev. Billy Edmondson

Rev. Edmondson has served as the senior pastor of Sutallee Baptist Church in White, Georgia since 1991. A former United States Marine, Rev. Edmondson attended Reinhardt College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He presently serves as the representative for the Etowah Association on the Executive Committee of the Georgia Baptist Convention.

Saundra Harvey

Saundra Harvey is the Director of the Academy at the Double H Ranch. After a career in law, she felt God's calling and moved into ministry where she worked for ten years at the North American Mission Board, Inc. supporting Missionary throughout North America. She is a member and on the Leadership Board of the MAG state Medical Reserve Core for Emergency and Ready Preparedness. Her passions is helping others to reach their full potential and ministering to children in need.

Rebecca Hampton

Rebecca Hampton is the owner and operator of the Double H Ranch. Inc. also known as the Ranch of Hope and Healing. She started and supports the Cowboy church in Jerusalem, Inc. and the Academy Double H Ranch, Inc. She is a certified Equine Therapist and a missionary for the North American Mission Board, she has spent a life time ministering to those in need.

Walt Devault

Walt Devault served as a missionary with Pioneers International of Orlando, Florida for almost four years in Kurdistan, Iraq. He successfully launched the first soccer academy for over 100 children in Kurdistan. He also taught high school for three years at The Classical School of the Meades; a Christian based, Western curriculum, English-speaking private school in Erbil, Iraq as a cover for his mission work. He is a member of Woodstock First Baptist Church and is a real estate agent for Big Canoe Realty.

Mrs. Mariea L. Brown

Mrs. Mariea L. Brown is graduate from University of Arkansas with Associate Degree in Nursing, graduate of College of St. Francis, Joliet, IL with Bachelor of Science in Health Arts, where she received outstanding student award for distinguished academic achievement with 4.0 GPA. Mrs. Brown’s nursing career has been in surgery 40 plus years. She keeps her license current to serve on medical mission endeavors with her church Burnt Hickory Baptist. Missions(local, national, international) and sharing Jesus love is her heart, to include The Academy at Double H Ranch. Thankful, grateful, blessed! “ Philippians 4:12-13

Advisory Councel

Rev. Alan Morris

Reverend Morris serves as Director of North Central Area Missions and is a state missionary with the Georgia Baptist Convention. A former missionary to Southeast Asia with the International Mission Board, Morris holds a M.A. in Christian Education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and an M. Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Mrs. Judy S. Young

Mrs. Young is a graduate of Milton High School and attended Marsh-Draughhon Business College in Atlanta. She retired after 37 years in the commercial insurance industry, having served in varied positions including Regional Underwriting Manager. Mrs. Young has taken part in several foreign mission projects and currently serves as assistant treasurer and on the Administrative Committee of Clear Springs Baptist Church in John's Creek, Georgia. She is a substitute teacher for the Academy at Double H Ranch.