Exceptional Equestrians of the Missouri Valley holds itself accountable to the highest standards in Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT). We employ a team of highly dedicated, educated and experienced instructors. All of our instructors are certified with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH Int'l) and maintain rigorous continuing education coursework in the areas of working with people with special needs, and horsemanship.
Jamie Stevener, Program Manager
Jamie (James) Stevener has been with Exceptional Equestrians since 2005. Her high level of expectations and her careful, comprehensive instruction have produced many capable, confident equestrian citizens. When Jamie is not at EE she enjoys listening to music and spending time with her husband Brian and her babies Zaar (equine baby!) and Stella (canine baby!). Jamie is the PATH Int'l Region 7 Certified Professional of the Year for 2016!
You can reach Jamie at firstname.lastname@example.org
David Salter, Therapy Program Coordinator
David joined us in 2014 as a volunteer. His past experience as a school administrator and his energetic, friendly nature have helped many of our participants achieve their goals. David is equally as talented with our horses and can often be found next to his favorite horse, Shadow. He's been very instrumental to the success of our new licensed therapy program and works as the liason between EE and our therapy partners, Therapy Lifetime Consultants (TLC). When not at the barn, he enjoys spending time with his family, especially his grandson, Jordan.
You can reach David at email@example.com
Karen Jensen, Instructor
Karen Jensen has been a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor since 2003, and has been with Exceptional Equestrians for more than 10 years. In addition to being an instructor, Karen was the first member to the EEMV volunteer hall of fame, and has logged more than 1000 volunteer hours.
Karen has a natural talent for making her lessons fun and unique and is always thinking of new ways to teach.
You can reach Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lindsay Mohr, Administrative Manager
Lindsay started out in therapeutic riding as a volunteer nearly 18 years ago. She's been an Advanced Certified Riding Instructor since 2004. Lindsay wears a number of hats for the program, from teaching to grant writing to fundraising. Lindsay has been with Exceptional Equestrians since 2004. Outside of the barn, Lindsay enjoys spending time with her daughters, Finley and Cecelia, and her husband, Matt.
You can reach Lindsay at Lindsay@eemv.org
Stephanie Schmittler, Barn Manager
Stephanie has been involved with Exceptional Equestrians since 2008. She is a conscientious, patient instructor who brings out the very best in her students.
Stephanie has earned her PATH Registered Instructor Certification in 2014. Along with teaching, Stephanie manages the care of our equines. She holds a degree in Liberal Arts from ECC. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her husband, Ben.
You can reach Stephanie at Stephanie@eemv.org
Jacob Gillick, Barn Aide
Jake originally began with EE as a program participant. He has grown into a talented equestrian and is a valuable asset to our program! Jake hopes to become a professional rider and represent EE at the Olympics! In the meantime, you can find Jake hard at work caring for our horses and making sure the barn meets his high standards.
Amanda Arnold, Volunteer Coordinator
Amanda has been volunteering with Exceptional Equestrians since 2013. She is currently pursuing a degree in Elementary Education at Jefferson College. In her spare time she enjoys photography and hanging out with her family, friends, and pets, Felix (cat) and Mowanza (dog). You can reach Amanda at email@example.com
Emily Borgerding, Barn Aide
Emily is new to our staff, but certainly not new to EE. She's been riding with us since she was only 8 years old and began volunteering when she was 13. Emily is a life-long horse lover and true equestrian and is happy to help in any aspect of the program. Emily can usually be found with her favorite mount, Oliver. When not at the barn, Emily enjoys performing in local plays and musical productions.