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Meet The Team



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.



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.



Jasper is a mediterranean donkey.  He is the biggest-hearted old guy and knows when someone needs an extra hug!


Laura  Dorcas


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


Rio is a buckskin quarter horse. He is observant and watches over the heard as their quiet leader.

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Michelle  Bellaire



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


Scooter is a buckskin quarter horse. He is extremely curious which makes him a great helper around the barn! He is very loving and playful.

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 - Program Evaluator/Grants

Heather Olivarez - Social Media/Marketing



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. 

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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.

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