Our Mission Statement Integration of newest technologies and dedication to healthy living through environmentally safe practices and careful stewardship of all of our blessings. Our Purpose To drive the marketplace to excellence through demanding the very best for our animals, clients and community. Core Values
High Work Ethic
Reinvesting in ourselves.
Business excellence through teamwork and communication.
Our Story When our daughter, Ali, was 2 years old, (1996) she decided she wanted a horse. She saved every penny, at first in a jar, then a piggy bank and finally a savings account at Bank of America. By the time she was 6 she had over $1200 saved. She declared she was ready for a horse. We asked her to take lessons first. She began taking lessons in english riding, with dressage. Ali quickly advanced to jumping. In 2001, we went to look at a horse advertised in a local paper. When we arrived the horse was in very sad condition. He was being starved, neglected and in very very poor health. She insisted on purchasing him, just to get him out of this life of hell on earth. We brought him home, named him Humphrey Bogart and named our farm Hope Haven.
Throughout the years, our family has developed a fantastic reputation for caring for animals. Though not a non-profit, we have taken in many animals and helped them to find a better path in life, or given them a life-long home with us. In 2001 we bought our first little hobby farm of 2 acres. We grew organic vegetables, potatoes, herbs, and lots of fruits. Our fascination of goats began in a similar manner as horses. We adopted a bottle baby buck and used him and another goat extensively for clearing blackberry bushes in the Pacific Northwest. We have been been raising goats since 2003.
We moved up to a larger farm of 5 acres in 2005 and incorporated an organic orchard of pears, apples, cherries, asian pears, and berries. In 2010 by husband followed Boeing to the Charleston area and we purchased a historic farm house (haunted) and 20 acres. We made a great contact for locally grown hay. The gentleman who sold us hay, offered us 3 goats that he had been given. We accepted and had no idea that 5 months later those 3 goats would each have twins. We discovered the gorgeous nature of FRESH organic goats milk and have begun making artisan cheeses. We are excited to continue in business as a family and grow our endeavor to bring more products to the public and share our way of life and philosophies of kindness.
Plans for 2020, transition to Organic and open a Non-Profit section for our Goat and Donkey sanctuary. Also, we will begin hosting dog events, training, agility and herding. Subscribe to our newsletter for all the newest events.
Meet the Team
We are currently an Equestrian Center LLC, formed in 2013; under the management of Alexandra Lee. The Equestrian Center will continue at our current location on Mims Road. The farm portion of our business is under the management of Denise Lee and Ali Lee, with Steven Lee as Chief Financial Officer. All three members of the LLC jointly make long-term planning decisions and are led by Steven Lee.
Denise Lee Responsible for:
Marketing and Management of Bed and Breakfast
Goat Dairy Management
Marketing for other farm activities.
Manager of Special Events
Denise’s Background: Bachelors of Environmental Design from the University of Missouri. Over 15 years experience working in hotels and marketing.
Previously the Deputy Director of the Silverdale Chamber of Commerce,
Marketing Administrator for 27 Super 8 motels in the Pacific Northwest
Manager of Inn in Columbia, Missouri
Owner and Operator of Hope Haven Photography and Design
Alexandra Lee (Ali) Responsible for: Feeding and care
Hiring and Training
Young stock care and development
Rehabilitation Care of injured Horses
Brood Stock Evaluation
Equestrian and Dog Special Events
Alexandra’s (Ali) Background: Responsible for the day-to-day care of horses for over 10 years. Experience as feeder at Rose Court Farms as well as Manager of our own location of Hope Haven Equestrian Center. Works with injured, neglected or abandoned horses to rehabilitate, training and re-home them. Ali handles the management of all the horses on a daily basis. A graduate of Charleston Southern University, with Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Christian Studies. She is currently working on her dog training credentials through Canine Revolution Dog Training.
Steven Lee Responsible for:
Overview of Maintenance and Property Management
Maintenance of Equipment and Vehicles
Steven’s background: Two associates degrees in engineering technology from Cambrian College in Ontario, Canada. Steven worked on the project management team for multiple large scale projects: Alcatel’s Muni Light Rail in San Francisco, Seattle’s Link Light Rail, Unocal’s Oil Remediation Project (San Luis Obispo) area. Currently working at Boeing and is a project manager.