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.
Dayna Baynes, Program Manager
EE is excited to welcome back Dayna Baynes! Dayna was an intern with Exceptional Equestrians back in 2011 and worked with us in 2012. She returned to the program in the Fall of 2017 and is now our Program Manager. Dayna is a PATH Int'l Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor and has a passion for working with clients. She's an extremely experienced rider with training in every discipline from barrel racing to fox hunting! When not at EE, Dayna enjoys spending time with her new husband, Casey, and all of her animals, including her mare Reisling and her soon-to-be therapy pig Petunia!
You can reach Dayna at email@example.com
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 horses, Mach and King. He's been very instrumental to the success of our new licensed therapy program and works as the Therapy Program Coordinator. When not at the barn, he enjoys spending time with his family, especially his grandson, Jordan.
You can reach David 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, Facility 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
Tracey Keeven, Instructor
Tracey Keeven came to EE in 2016 as a program volunteer. She became a PATH Intl. Registered Riding Instructor in the summer of 2018. Tracey has ridden for most of her life, and has many horses at her farm, Kick'n K Farmhouse and Arena. Tracey also runs a painting business. When not at EE, Tracey enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.
Andrea Mittendorf, Volunteer Team Leader
Andrea has been involved with EE for many years, as her son is a program participant and a volunteer. Andrea began volunteering herself in 2017 and became a Volunteer Team Leader in 2018. Andrea's outgoing personality and dedicaion to the program make her a great addition! When not at EE, Andrea is an active volunteer with Special Olympics
You can reach Andrea at email@example.com
Caroline Casey, Instructor
Caroline is a lifetime equestrian, whose training and experience in dressage has been a real asset to EE! She became a PATH Int'l Certified Instructor in the summer of 2018, and joined us at EE in the Spring of 2019. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys riding her horse Frido and spending time with her family.
Amanda Arnold, Instructor
Amanda has been volunteering with Exceptional Equestrians since 2013. She became a PATH Int'l Certified Instructor in the summer of 2017. In her spare time she enjoys photography and hanging out with her family, friends, and pets, Felix (cat), Tas (dog), and Mowanza (dog).
You can reach Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org
Miranda Douglas, Instructor- In-Training, Barn Aide
Miranda has been with EE for more than 2 years. She began as a volunteer, and then started working as a barn aide. Miranda is currently working to become a PATH Int'l Accredited Instructor. When not at EE, Miranda enjoys riding her horse Tucker, creating and selling crafts on her Etsy store and making music.
Jacob Mittendorf, Barn Aide
Jacob has been a part of EE for more than 12 years. He began as a client when he was just 10. Since then, a lot has changed! While Jake still enjoys riding at EE, he has also become an extremely important member of our staff. Jake assist in program sessions and helps out in the barn. He especially likes working on Wednesday with the licensed therapy program. Jake's favorite horses are Mach and Sully. When not at the barn, Jake enjoys playing video games.