Kristy Dees, founding director, is not only a PATH International certified instructor for the HeartStrides program, but also the facility and herd manager. Kristy came to horses after she witnessed the profound therapeutic effect they had on her daughter Magn who has Down Syndrome. Kristy soon found through her experiences with horses that many aspects of her life were empowered for the better including her parenting, emotional wellness and leadership skills. Her favorite part about being an instructor for HeartStrides is when participants have dramatic improvements physically, emotionally and socially. She delights in seeing the overall quality of their lives improve. 

 Chelsea is an instructor in training. She is working on her PATH International Certification. She has been taking lessons with Kristy and dreaming of becoming a therapeutic riding instructor since she was 13.