About Us

IMG_6716Deb Schuch, LPC, MCAT, ATR, NCC, Owner, Barn Manager, Instructor

Deb has been a professional in the equine industry since 1997 when she and her husband purchased Windswept Stables.  She also has over 35 years of experience in the mental health field as a professional counselor, obtaining her BA from Shippensburg University in 1978 and her Masters in Creative Arts in Therapy from Hanneman University in 1980. As a riding instructor she blends her counseling expertise with her horsemanship experience, focusing on personal and social growth of her students through the development of horsemanship and riding skills.  Her counseling background includes working with individuals who are struggling with life transitions, mental illness, substance use and abuse, and learning disabilities. Her counseling approach blends traditional theories and incorporates therapeutic activites which may include horses, art, and nature.

Stephen Schuch, LCSW, Owner

Steve offers psychotherapy sessions at the farm through his private practice. With over 30 years of clinical practice, extensive continuing education, and an emphasis on what works rather than on what’s wrong, he tailors his approach to the specific needs of each individual, couple, family, and group for whom he provides service. For additional information regarding clinical services, please view his Psychology Today page.

Sara Schuch, LPC, PATH Intl. Registered-level Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Sara has been in the horse industry for over 20 years.  She has shown in 4-H and local shows and participated in a nationally-known drill team as a youth rider.  She is a PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor and a Licensed Professional Counselor and uses this training to assist able-bodied and special-needs riders in developing horsemanship skills.  Sara teaches beginner through advanced riders and specializes in the english riding disciplines of hunt seat and dressage. She uses balanced-seat principles  and emphasizes equestrian biomechanics – how the bodies of horse and rider move, work together, and influence each other for effective riding.

Stephanie Fleck, CECTH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Steph has significant experience working as a therapeutic riding instructor, and is able to translate her skills in this arena to her able-bodied riders, focusing on biomechanics and the relationship between horse and rider.  She teaches from a balanced-seat perspective and specializes in dressage, and has experience with beginner hunt seat and western pleasure.  Steph excels in teaching horsemanship and groundwork skills to her students.

Erica Knipp

Erica specializes in dressage up to 4th ming 2level/PSG and has experience teaching western dressage as well.  She has an eye for detail and can fine-tune advanced riders, as well as make riding fun for beginners.  She emphasizes balanced-seat and establishing a cooperative relationship between the horse and rider.

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