About Courage Reins
Those wishing to improve their quality of their life through equine activities and fostering relationships with horses.
A magnificent, well-tended facility which provides wonderfully for our programming and the care of our horses. Generously given to us to use without cost.
A select group of talented individuals who continue to learn and grow to better serve our clients while always maintaining a respectful & loving relationship with our horses.
Our herd is usually made up of 16 horses, who are carefully chosen and nurtured to remain happy & willing partners in enhancing the lives of the people they serve.
Courage Reins was brought into being, as we know it today, when one of our present board members was investigating an article he had read applauding the positive outcomes possible with therapeutic riding. He arrived pretty skeptical but left with tears in his eyes after one heart spoke to another, as the little boy privately shared his feelings of not being crippled while riding a horse. This experience was so strong that he and his family choose to make to this opportunity more available to the disabled among us.
It is situated at the base of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains but in only minutes away from Salt Lake City and Provo. With a total of about 16 acres, we are provided with 11 acres of fenced, irrigated pasture more than enough to provide space for our therapy horses. Our offices, reception/observation areas and indoor arena are all heated and cooled, allowing programs to run year run and after sundown. In addition, there are two well-lit barns, spacious graveled parking and a large grassy area for the public. It’s incredible! Truly one of the nicest horse facilities in the state.
The organization now has a paid staff of 12, over 125 active volunteers, both donated and gratis leased horses and an ever improving inventory of used and new equipment. We have usually around 120 participants coming through our door for services each week. Our options have changed throughout the years to now include equine-assisted therapies such as Therapeutic Riding, Hippotherapy, Psychotherapy, Growth & Learning Activities and Natural Horsemanship.
It is our commitment, as the Board of Trustees and staff of Courage Reins, to continue providing high quality, effective and exciting program options for years to come.
I arrive every day with the hope that I can contribute in making the experience just the best it can be for all involved. I, along with my team members, look to the well-being and proper balance of the relationship between both horse and rider as they serve our mission. Along with that, I assist with helping our staff become better teachers and, I hope, embrace a desire to always want to learn more
Background: BA – History, Post Graduate Studies in Education, Part of a leading edge High School Special Needs Program in England, Attendee to Parelli Horses Helping Humans Workshop, Currently L2 At Liberty, L3 Free Style, L4 Relationship w/ Horse
PATH Registered Instuctor
I love to work with people! To be able to get know the riders I work with and their families, to sincerely care about them and their progress is one of the sweetest things I experience at my work at Courage Reins. I celebrate in my heart each step of progress they make, every smile they share, and the gift they give me to be a part of those moments. Horses and people working together can create miracles. Therapeutic horses are one of the most amazing animals God has given us. They know what their riders need and aren’t afraid of sharing their gifts with them. It’s a wonderful thing to see a horse gently lower his head to come closer to a child who doesn’t have any other way of communicating with his/her world and see them touch each other’s lives. I work with a wonderful team of providers who love what they do.
Previously I worked in Early Intervention with children birth-to-three with disabilities and special needs for the Provo Early Education Program (PEEP) over a ten year period. I started riding horses in BYU’s Equestrian Program over 25 years ago. The two naturally came together for me while I was volunteering for the therapeutic riding program Healing Strides of Virginia. I was mentored by Carol Young, a talented and wise director, who helped me prepare for the PATH certification process.
Brenda Lyman, OTD, OTR/L
Consultations and Supervision of the Enhanced Therapy Program
Brenda brings that rare combination of specific Hippotherapy training along with a personal knowledge and ownership of horses. She has been a registered occupational therapist for 33 years with a specialty in pediatric practice. She has owned & operated a Hippotherapy practice for over 5 years and worked with Courage Reins assessing clients and setting up treatment programs for over 10 years
Background: Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, Professor and Associate Dean in the Division of Health Professions at the Salt Lake Community College, completed a graduate level certification program in Hipppotherapy through Western Michigan University in 2004,
Therapeutic, Enhanced Therapy and Natural Horsemanship Instructor
I believe in the power of horses to heal. I work at Courage Reins because horses are my passion and I love connecting them to children in need. Courage Reins provides me opportunities to teach and foster the deep and abiding relationship that can be formed between human and horses.
Background: BA, MA (Organizational Development & Environmental Studies), PATH trained, Parelli Certified, Educator-Intermountain Healthcare, 20yrs, Therapeutic Art Instructor.
Volunteer Coordinator, Therapeutic, ET and Natural Horsemanship Instructor & Facebook Manager
Using horses to help those with disabilities is a dream being fulfilled for me as a part of the Courage Reins team. My deep love of horses and what they do for the spirit of mankind has been joined with my love for those who come to Courage Reins, both volunteer and student. Wonderful things happen here and I live to be a part of them.
Background: Raised on a Cattle Ranch, Accounting Degree, tutored autistic children & raised 4 children
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Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) Program, Mental Health Practitioner
Kathy is on the faculty of the University of Utah, College of Social Work. Her teaching, practice and research have focused on parent-child relationships, attachment, trauma and the brain and in recent years, equine-assisted psychotherapy. She has created programs and offered EAP to individuals, families and groups at Courage Reins and other equine facilities in Utah.
Background: PhD Social Work, LCSW, Assistant Professor U of U .EAGALA Level 2 Mental Health Professional
Senior Barn Manager, Therapeutic & Natural Horsemanship Instructor
Since coming to Courage Reins, I have connected my vocation with my love of horses and have found my true passion. Horses have an innate ability to meet you where you are, they will encourage and reinforce your strengths and challenge you to change. The horse’s way of being can touch our hearts where few others can go, and I feel privileged to get to share that with others.
Background: Masters in Psychology School Counseling, Licensed School Counselor, extensive background working with special needs children
Admissions/Scheduling Coordinator, PATH Registered Instructor, Therapeutic & Enhanced Therapy Instructor
I so enjoy being part of making a difference in someone’s life, who normally might not have an opportunity like ours. To be part of the joy they experience and knowing at the same time we are making a difference in the quality of their lives.
Background: Medical Secretary, Rehab Clinics-PCH, Therapeutic Instructor-NAC, Carriage Driver-SLC, 13yrs, PATH Registered Instructor
Natural Horsemanship Instructor, Barn Manager
I have always been fascinated by horses and love working with kids. When I moved to the area and started volunteering at Courage Reins, I fell in love with what we do here. It is such a joy to connect children with horses and watch them become more independent. Most days I leave feeling I have gotten more out than I put in.
Study Ecology & Field Biology at St. Cloud State University. Working with younger children both as a daycare provider & kindergarten paraprofessional. Completion of Level 1 Parelli Skills.
Our Board of Directors
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April Powell is the Human Resource Manager at Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough. With over ten years of experience in Human Resources, her passion for helping individuals to become their best selves is what has fueled her career path. April is a member of both the Salt Lake and National Society for Human Resources Management and is a certified Human Resource Professional.
April lives in Taylorsville with her husband Ben. Together they have four children. April loves working with young people to help them develop into successful adults.
Bradley C. Arnold, M.D. FAAP is a pediatrician and partner at Alpine Pediatrics in northern Utah County. He grew up in Utah, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Australia, and Canada before attending Brigham Young University. He served an LDS mission in the Germany Munich Mission. Bradley attended medical school at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He completed his residency in Pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He was then asked to serve as Chief Resident there after completing his residency. He is a Board Certified Pediatrician.
Bradley joined Alpine Pediatrics in 2002 and has worked there ever since. He became acquainted with Courage Reins through recommending patients to the facility for equine therapy. He has seen the miracles and magic of the therapy offered at Courage Reins and has been excited to volunteer on the Executive Board since 2013. He enjoys being a part of this team.
Bradley and his wife, Kristin, reside in Alpine, Utah. They are the parents of 5 children. He enjoys traveling, skiing, sports (especially BYU sports!), and spending time with his family.
David G. Wilkins
David is a Managing Director with Marsh in Salt Lake City. He is a trusted partner and advisor to many public and private corporations both middle market and Fortune 500. His expertise is analyzing risk and helping clients build risk financing, transfer and mitigation programs and strategies. David served for several years on the board of directors of One Voice Children’s Choir and many other community organizations. He spends many hours working with the youth in scouting and other programs. He loves to travel and has been on five of seven continents and 46 of 50 states.
David’s greatest adventure has been being a dad to eight amazing children. Together with his wife, Kristie, they have worked on their greatest dream – to have a family. David and Kristie (and seven of their children) live in South Jordan, Utah. David’s love of horses comes from his father and grandfather and from watching three of his children interact and gain amazing life skills from horses.
James A. Andrus, CPA, is the Office Managing Partner for Piercy Bowler Taylor & Kern (PBTK). James graduated from Southern Utah University and began his career with a national CPA firm in Las Vegas where he spent 10 years in public accounting, before moving to Utah to develop a franchised food operation. James returned to public accounting in Salt Lake City in 2000 where he has developed a diversified practice with client concentrations in local governments, technology, construction, non-profits and family-owned businesses. He is licensed in Utah, Nevada and Indiana and is a member of the AICPA, the Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants. He has served on many different Boards and committees such as past Treasurer of Associated Builders & Contractors, and is currently serving on the Local Government Advisory Committee for the UACPA and as a Board Member or advisor for various non-profit and youth groups.
James lives in Highland with his wife Leslie. They have 4 children and enjoy sports and the outdoors. He and his wife both were raised on a farm in Southern Idaho and love horses.
Shelli Gardner, also raised in southern Utah, is an enthusiastic entrepreneur and founder of Stampin’ Up! as well as Brick Canvas at Thanksgiving Point. While semi-retirement is a goal of hers, Shelli still spends much of her time between the businesses. Learning to live a slower-paced life, she enjoys riding horses with her husband, practicing Bikram yoga, and spending quality time with family doing just about anything together. Although she has been less actively involved with Courage Reins until recent years, Shelli has always been inspired by and supportive of the worthy cause.
Sterling Gardner grew up surrounded by the red cliffs of southern Utah, in the small town of Kanab, and continues to enjoy beautiful Utah on horseback. Sterling’s profession was that of a general contractor, specializing in custom homes. After years of construction in southern Utah and the Las Vegas area, he retired and moved with his family to Alpine. Becoming involved with Courage Reins in 2000, Sterling has volunteered with lessons, worked to make sure the facility and property are maintained appropriately, and consistently served on the board. He is still amazed by the little miracles that happen with the students who ride at Courage Reins. He and Shelli have been blessed with five daughters, sons-in-law, and 17 grandchildren.
TIMOTHY B. ANDERSON: Tim is a senior partner at Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough where he serves as the managing attorney of the firm’s St. George, Utah office. Having practiced law for over 38 years, he has also been involved in public service and charitable causes. He was a founding Member of the United Way for Washington County in the early 1980’s; served as President of the Dixie College Foundation 1994-2003; was a Member of the Arthur F. Bruhn Memorial Foundation in the early 1980’s, which set up the first cancer treatment center to deal with the down-winder effect on Southern Utah caused by nuclear tests in Nevada; served on the Board of Business and Economic Development for the State of Utah 1993-2001; Member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Utah 2005-2013; Member of the Board of Trustees of University Health Care 2009 to present; and was Honorary Commander of the 388th Fighter Wing at Hall Air Force Base during the Winter Olympics. Got to back seat in an F-16. Earned his 9-G certificate. Did not throw up.
Tim lives in St. George with his wife Kathryn. They have seven children, six grandchildren. Tim loves horses and especially other people who love horses.
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