Jessie began taking horsemanship and riding lessons at age 6. She received her first horse at age 8, which she trained and took with her to college. Jessie began her academic career knowing that she wanted to work with people and horses. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in equine science. After graduation, Jessie worked for an outdoor education and therapeutic riding center in South Texas. She became PATH certified in 2014 and obtained her Eagala certification in 2016. She is currently working toward a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in nonprofit management. Jessie is proud to be a contributing professional to the Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies course at the University of Arkansas.
Karen has 21 years of experience as a therapeutic riding instructor in NW Arkansas. She is a PATH, Intl. Therapeutic Riding Instructor. She is also a Certified Special Olympic Equestrian Coach and has recently received her certification through PATH, Intl. for Services for Heroes. Karen has extensive experience working with individuals of all abilities, developing programs and implementing unique ideas for clients. Her professionalism and championship for individuals in our community are a great attribute to Courage.