EquiHope Equine Therapeutic Riding Center- Jen Mathis named Director & Board Secretary

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Jennifer Mathis, of Lewisville Tx, has been name Director & Board Secretary of EquiHope.org. EquiHope is a 501C3 non-profit serving children & adults with special needs and disabilities in Denton, Collin, Dallas & Tarrant counties.

Jennifer Mathis, EquiHope Board Secretary:

Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Jen grew up fascinated by horses and took every chance to be near them. As a teen she worked in show barns in exchange for lessons and the day she turned 18 began carriage driving for tours in KC’s Plaza district. Her love of driving horses never wavered and after moving to Texas she drove carriages in Fort Worth, Frisco, Plano and Dallas.

An Alumni of the University of North Texas, Jen started out in education then changed to a business degree after she became inspired to enter non-profit work. As a grant writer, fundraiser and development director, Jen has raised millions in funding for various children’s programs from Boys & Girls Clubs, Children’s Advocacy Centers to equine therapy focused non-profits.

Jen started instructing in Equine Therapy in 2010 at SpiritHorse. In 2016, she achieved her Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship Driving & Riding Instructor certification, Certified Horsemanship Equine Facilities Management Level 4 and her Mackinaw Dells 2 barefoot trim certification.

For over a decade Jen has instructed and directed therapeutic horsemanship programs creating a unique curriculum developmentally appropriate for riders of all levels that builds independence. Currently, Jen is an Applied Behavior Analysis intern studying for her Registered Behavioral Technician certification.

Jen is thrilled to be a part of the EquiHope team as Program Director and Board Secretary: “At EquiHope, our goal is to serve the community through the healing power of horses. I’m so grateful to be a part of this mission with Brandon Clinton and Kent Billiter. It’s been an incredible experience and I’m excited about the future.”

Since being a founding member of EquiHope, in April of 2022, Jen has been vital to the programs growth. EquiHope currently serves over 60 riders per week with a goal will to serve 125+ North Texas, Dallas, Frisco, Celina, Prosper & Denton riders by end of 2023.

To learn more about EquiHope's Therapeutic Riding Program go to EquiHope.org

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