Welcome back, Wildhorse Equestrian Center!

Please contact us at our email: angelswing@letjoyrise.net

Our classes are now taught thirty minutes south of Missoula, MT at an indoor/outdoor stable on Wednesday and Friday afternoons.

Wildhorse Therapeutic Riding Program is now Wildhorse Equestrian Center, one branch of JoyRise Movement LLC. Wildhorse’s retirement was brief because client interest has been expressed all during Spring 2020.

Wildhorse Therapeutic Riding Program is now Wildhorse Equestrian Center, one branch of JoyRise Movement LLC. Wildhorse’s retirement was brief because client interest has been expressed all during Spring 2020.

Wildhorse’s primary purpose is still strengthening our students’ minds, bodies and spirits through a gentle horse/rider relationship of mutual trust. Our riding technique is Centered Riding-inspired and unites breath and body in the subtle use of our riders’ hands, seat, legs and voice.

Wildhorse practices positive communication with students, parents, volunteers, horses and everyone else who comes to our program.

Our affectionate methods of teaching and constructive criticism, with suggestions of improvement spoken with a happy trust, aid advancement in overall health of all kinds as well as riding skills.

Several of our volunteers and students are now horse owners. One is a professional farrier. Another is practicing veterinary medicine after graduating from Cornell University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

Kari Ann hopes her emphatically fabulous recommendation of this marvelous Wildhorse volunteer/student was helpful!

Kind regards, Dr. Kari Ann Owen, Ph.D., Program Director and Head Instructor of Wildhorse.

About Our Program

Special Thanks, Credits & Other Acknowledgments to the Following:

  • The African American educator who said, “Children do not learn from those who do not love them”.
  • Seedlings of Change and The Brondum Foundation, both in and near Missoula, MT, for their financial support.
  • The incredible parents of our many young students for their love and dedication.
  • The courage of our students of all ages. Some have been mobility impaired. Some have been hearing and vision-impaired. One had a phobia about horses that Wildhorse was able to help cure (the rider found herself riding independently after three lessons).

Samantha and Echo (great portrait)

More Special Thanks, Credits & Other Acknowledgments to the Following:

Our wonderful volunteers, whose experience has ranged from advanced English jumping to Western Pleasure to dressage studied in Europe and America.

Our therapy horses, owned and borrowed: Echo, Penny and Guinness (third level dressage horse) and Budleigh and Tony the Pony and Jack. And now Thyme the Marvelous Pony!

Wildhorse wishes to single out the stable and ranch owners who hosted our program, particularly Linda McCormick in Huson, MT and Peggy Persico, Cattail Stables, Florence MT.

The Memories Wild Horse Created

Please enjoy this hilarious video of therapy horse Echo the Tennessee walker playing soccer with his disabled rider.

No Distance Is too Far If Your Heart Desires It

Wildhorse and Kari Ann’s many instructors over the years have set an example of kindness and professionalism that has inspired Wildhorse and many other people and programs. Kari Ann acknowledges with deep gratitude:

SPECIAL THANKS TO INSTRUCTORS AND OTHERS

Becky Hart, Centered Riding Instructor, San Jose, CA

Lucille Bump, Senior Level IV Centered Riding instructor and clinician, Guilford VT.

Peggy Persico, Dressage Instructor, Stevensville, MT
Tara Hayes, Program Director and Head Instructor, Faith Therapeutic Riding Program, Lolo MT
And many others, beginning when Kari Ann was a young child in the New York area and continuing into the present.

I’d Love to Hear From You!

Please contact Dr. Kari Ann Owen and Wildhorse Equestrian Center using the form provided below for any riding or consulting needs concerning foundation training in horsemanship and therapeutic horseback riding.

Clarity Movement, the second branch of JoyRise Movement LLC, teaches Creative Movement/Modern Dance for disabled and other special persons.

Kari Ann has been teaching Creative Movement at the Missoula MT YMCA and in her home studio.

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To The Creator of All Life Be the Glory.