Meet The Team

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Cookie

Cookie is a bay pinto miniature horse. Cookie enjoys being “big boss, applesauce” of the herd, even though she is only 33” tall. She welcomes you with a whinny and a sweet nuzzle with her nose. She is very curious and clever.

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Jam

Jam is sorrel  pinto miniature horse. Jam is a sweet and gentle 30” tall boy. He is curious and friendly but likes to take his time to get to know you. Once he invites you in, he loves getting scratches.

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Laura  Dorcas

 Co-Founder

Bachelor of Science in Education - PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning

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Michelle  Bellaire

 

Co-Founder

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – PATH Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning 

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Andy Olivarez
Ranch Hand

Andy has autism and we have been so lucky to have watched him grow in his learning and involvement with horses over the years. His passion and compassion for horses has led him to becoming our ranch hand. He helps care for and train our horses. He assists with setup, tear down and horse care during sessions. He also has chores on the property and assists with property maintenance. We could not do this without him!

Our Board

Laura Dorcas - President

Karen Abbott - Vice-President

Michelle Bellaire - Secretary

Angie Bynum - Treasurer

Kathy Sydow - Fundraising

Velda Desadier - Fundraising/Grants and Foundations

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Heather and Bucky Olivarez 

Andy's parents give generously of their time helping in sessions, managing our social media sites and caring for our herd. We are grateful for their giving hearts. 

Volunteers

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Richard Murphy

We are so lucky to have Richard as one of our volunteers. His is dedicated to our clients and horses. Witnessing the connections made and the changes that happen during our sessions is why he enjoys volunteering. 

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Melanie Edelmaier and Julia Hudson

These two ladies have years of experience in horsemanship, and as horse leaders. They are wonderful partners to our minis.  We are grateful for their passion and dedication to our organization.