Hoffmann, Double Bar H Stables partner with CTCA
by Clay Neely
After living in Midtown Atlanta for 11 years, Terri Hall Hofmann was ready for a change.
Originally a native of Stone Mountain, Hofmann had spent the last 20 years as a paralegal before deciding it was time to do what she wanted.
“Having a 5-year-old became my full-time job,” laughed Hofmann.
So in 2006, Hofmann relocated her family to ten quiet acres nestled deep in west Coweta — their property abutting her parents’ property and also adjoining the Chattahoochee Bend State Park.
“It’s such a serene setting,” said Hofmann. “The Chattahoochee River is just across the street. You can walk to it.”
Hofmann had grown up with horses and had always loved them. So in 2007, she built Double Bar H Stables.
“I thought, ‘Why not board for supplemental income?’ It seemed to make perfect sense,” said Hofmann.
While Double Bar H Stables offers trail riding at McIntosh Reserve, overnight boarding and riding lessons, there is something else that is very unique about Double Bar H.
“The CTCA selected us at their equestrian facility,” said Hofmann.
Patients from Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern Regional in Newnan come out to her stables to spend some quality time outside.
“Some of their patients are equestrians. So when they are there for extended stays, they love coming out here. Its peaceful out here — not a lot of hustle bustle and we leave the whole experience wide open,” said Hofmann.
“We provide them with our menu of services they can choose from, and they decide what they want to do. Some might not be up for riding or any activity. They just want to get outside and into the country. It’s very peaceful out here. I think it’s the second highest elevation in Coweta, so it feels like we’re encased. When we have the heavy rains, you can hear it rushing in the morning. We see eagles flying away. Nesting eagles. Fledglings. It’s a very unique place.”
Patients from the CTCA visit once a week on average.
“We do different things with the patients and staff. It all varies on what a patient wants. Some just want to pet the horses. Sometimes they like to hike and some are up for lessons and riding. The CTCA looked at several facilities and it was a long courtship but they ultimately chose us,” said Hofmann.
“We are fortunate to be able to work and give back at the same time. We enjoy it.”