Meet the farm behind the award winning movie Unbridled
The Real CORRAL
You'll find the little blue CORRAL house sitting on 10 acres of supporter-bought land in Cary, NC
Why do we do it? The common thread between all of the young women that participate in the CORRAL program extends beyond their histories and current issues. These girls have experienced a great deal of pain.
We believe that anyone who has been broken can be made whole again and that horses can reach the heart of an at-risk girl in a way that others in their lives often cannot.
Meet Joy Currey
Founder and President
Joy grew up on a farm around horses and learned to ride at the age of six. Her love for horses led to her participation in 4H throughout her teenage years and a place on the UNC-Chapel Hill Equestrian team. She earned a B.A. in Business Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree from Columbia University in School Leadership. After college Joy taught for two years in inner-city Philadelphia through Teach for America and for two years as a founding teacher of a highly successful college preparatory school for disadvantaged youth in Brooklyn.
During her time teaching, Joy developed curricula which succeeded in bringing underperforming, middle-school children up two to three grade levels in one year. Most recently, Joy was the director of a large riding school in Raleigh, NC. In this capacity, Joy was responsible for managing a small business grossing revenues over $1M annually and overseeing a herd of 50 horses and 200 students. In 2008, Joy founded The CORRAL Riding Academy based on Christian faith and a desire to better the lives of young girls faced with adversity.
Meet Lauren Clements
Lauren Clements, Having grown up riding and showing hunter/jumpers, Lauren loved showing young horses and horses are a part of her very core. Lauren started teaching lessons at 15 and, three years later — at 18 — began volunteering at CORRAL. A dedicated volunteer, she was at CORRAL every weekend to teach. Six years later, Lauren is the current Director of Programming Operations. A certified Equine Specialist through both OK Corral and Natural Lifemanship, Lauren is trained in Buck Brannaman style Natural Horsemanship and Parelli Natural Horsemanship.
Our girls gravitate towards Lauren's quiet strength. They push themselves to do their best work under her leadership, and as Joy says: “The way she works with the girls is beautiful”.
Joy will be spending the next year preparing her for the momentous task of taking our program and reproducing it in a new location!