An experienced manager of equine-related facilities has been named the new director of Swiftsure Ranch Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Bellevue.

According to a press release from the ranch, Paul Bennett spent the past four years as director of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation’s Coach & Livestock Department in Williamsburg, Va.. Prior to that, he served four years as ranch manager at the Morris Ranch and Carriage House in Wharton, Texas. Originally from England, Bennett is certified in advanced ranch management by the King Ranch Institute at Texas A&M University, equine management through the Durham College of Agriculture and equine facilities management through the Lexington, Ky.,-based Certified Horsemanship Association.

“The breadth and depth of Paul’s background in nearly three decades as a director of ranches, farms and equine facilities, his expertise in agriculture, animal-powered transportation and heritage livestock breeds, plus his record of leadership, team-building, financial stewardship and community outreach all distinguished him among a field of talented candidates,” Swiftsure Ranch stated in the release.

The nonprofit organization helps people with disabilities through equine-assisted activities and therapies.

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