Meet The Team


Mike Branch

Lead Instructor
Internationally referred as a “horse whisperer,” Mike Branch’s qualifications in managing horses are only outmatched by his enthusiasm. He has spearheaded several organizations and educational programs for the preservation of wild horses including a youth program through the Mustang Heritage Foundation. Working in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management, Branch turned his passion into reality by establishing the Wild Mustang School in Tennessee where he not only trained the horses for adoption but also worked with horse owners to better understand and train their own animals. He also owns and manages Flying B Horsemanship Ranch, where he conducts training clinics and demonstrations.

In addition, Branch regularly travels to mustang adoption sites where he demonstrates the gentling process of wild horses, often encouraging the horse to receive its first saddle within an hour. He has also traveled frequently to Europe demonstrating and teaching his techniques and has worked extensively with Great Britain’s wild ponies where he was featured on a BBC television program and received a formal introduction to the royal family. It became clear to Branch through his experiences that many of the methods he used to guide his horses’ behavior were very similar to the qualities of a good leader, thus the idea behind the Leading By The Reins program was born.

Read more: Meet Mike Branch [pdf]

Phillip Fulmer

Phillip Fulmer is widely regarded as one of the greatest coaches in SEC history and a 2012 inductee to the College Football Hall of Fame. Fulmer coached at the college level for 37 years (including 32 years in the SEC) and was the head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers for 17 seasons from 1992-2008. He posted a career record of 152-52 and won at least eight games in 15 of his 17 seasons at the helm of the Volunteers.

His crowning achievement was Tennessee’s national championship in 1998, the first championship of the BCS era. He won the SEC championship in 1997 and 1998 and won the SEC East division title six times. Fulmer led Tennessee to 15 bowl appearances, winning eight times. His teams finished the season ranked in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll 14 times and ranked in the Associated Press pol 13 times.

Prior to taking over as the Vols’ head coach, Fulmer worked as Tennssee’s offensive line coach for 12 seasons, spending three of those seasons pulling double-duty as offensive coordinator as well.

Support Staff

Tera Wooden

Growing up in the small town of Spencer, Tenn., home to Fall Creek Falls State Park and Leading By The Reins, Tera offers a unique perspective on the beautiful piece of Tennessee and its many opportunities. She has been married to her husband, Barry, for 18 years and has three sons, Dakota, Wyatt and Dalton and a granddaughter. Working with Leading By The Reins is the perfect fit for Tera – she loves being outside, doing things with her children and taking care of people and their needs. She has also managed several restaurants and stores over the past 18 years. “I am very excited about the new path my life is heading in,” Tera said.

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