FRANCESCA “FRANKY” GREAVES
Francesca Greaves, better known as “Franky”, has been riding horses since the age of three. Growing up in Oxford, England she fell in love with galloping through the countryside and jumping. At age ten she moved to Maui, Hawaii where she met her two most influential trainers. Franky focused her riding in a variety of disciplines: showing, dressage, hunters, jumpers, polo, western, equitation, and training unbroken horses. Franky’s first horse was a paint named Maui’s Kachina who became her best friend. Kachina worked with special needs children in a therapy program called HAPI. After experiencing this bond between children and animals Franky always knew that she would one day pursue a life in equine therapy.
She moved to Cave Creek, Arizona and started focusing her time more with training horses. She was quick to realize how responsive horses are with body language and trust. This led her to work at many barns focusing on gaining trust with “issue horses.” Franky also became a veterinary technician (working for Chaparral Medical Center) and rode for Ira Shulman. After sadly losing Kachina in the summer of 2010 she was soon to meet a wonderful woman named Linda Borman. They started their own therapy program called “Kachina’s Place” in memory of Franky’s companion and shared love for horse therapy work. Franky’s true passion is to promote this connection between horses and humans. She truly is a modern day horse whisperer.