Meet the Trail Guides

Derrick, Owner

Weekdays – Primary Mount: Walter

Derrick, born and raised in North Carolina, has been riding since he was a teenager. An Army veteran, he is currently in his 29th year as a paramedic. Derrick opened DM Outdoors and established Safe Haven Farm in 2015 after going on a ride with another barn. He was so disappointed in the “follow the leader” style of ride. DM Outdoors started with 3 horses and a small trailer, just wanting a way to help with the costs of owning horses. It has evolved into a place where we’ve ended up rescuing horses and people alike. Derrick has been told more than once that he can never shut down DM Outdoors… not because of the impact to the public or the horses, but because of the loss to the people that have been helped by and have become a part of the Safe Haven family. 

Jeszi

Weekdays – Primary Mount: Walter

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Melanie

Weekends – Primary Mount: Walter

Originally from Massachusetts, Mel moved to North Carolina to be closer to family and for warmer weather. She has worked with animals her whole life, and for the past 3 years, she’s been developing her career in the veterinary field as a veterinary technician, working full time at a small animal veterinary hospital. In her free time she loves spending quality time with friends and family, being outdoors with her two dogs, relaxing at the beach and fishing. Mel started volunteering at Safe Haven Farm in 2021. 

Joey

Weekdays/Weekends – Primary Mount: Jack

Joey was born and raised in Southeast Georgia in multiple small boarding towns of the Okefenokee Swamp. He is the middle child to two siblings and spent much of his time in the outdoors around farmland. A high school athlete, Joey joined the Marine Corps from which he will retire in December 2022.  He is a former semi-professional football all-star, father of 4 children, and husband to another one of our volunteers.  Joey is also the proud owner of a Bureau of Land Management Mustang named Rocky who resides with our boys at Safe Haven Farm. Joey began officially volunteering at our farm on the first day of 2022. 

Rachel

Weekends – Primary Mount: Walter

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