Freedom Hooves' Facility
Our facility offers the safety and security that enables us to provide services to meet many needs!
It is our vision to become the foremost professional non-profit enriching people’s mind, body and spirit through partnership with horses.
Connecting the healing power of the horse with the needs of the community.
Connecting the healing power of the horse with the needs of the community through:
We care for each individual and are committed to helping every person achieve personal goals.
We to strive for the very best and never give up.
Together we can change lives. We work with many organizations, people groups, and individuals to make the world a better place.
Together we can change lives. We work with many organizations, people groups, and individuals to grow healthy citizens.
Beauty, balance, and peace define our relationships. With everyone focused on caring for the mind, body, and spirit of one another, we make a difference.
Connie Sue Ellis
With over 30 years of horsemanship experience and a background in education, along with a history of nonprofit leadership, Connie Sue joined our executive team in March 2019. A graduate of Oklahoma State University, she has made her home in Craig, Colorado for the past 11 years. Since Freedom Hooves’ inception in 2012, she has served in nearly every role possible in our organization: facility owner, volunteer, committee member, advisory board, interim program director, instructor, participant, and now executive director. She and her husband make their home warm and inviting as the hosts of the facility that Freedom Hooves calls home. In her current position, her goal is to train up the next generation of leaders, always willing to step aside and allow others to live more fully in the roles they embrace.
As a recent graduate of Utah State University, Talisha joined the Freedom Hooves executive team in April 2019. Her skills in communication and leadership, coupled with her talents with both horses and people, enable her to serve the community in Northwest Colorado in a way that provides a path to improving the mind, body, and spirit of its citizens. Her background in the equine world enhances her life goal of changing lives to bring health and harmony to individuals and families. Talisha is a PATH certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor who is continually striving to learn more so she can be more effective in her goals. Freedom Hooves soars under the helm of her leadership in our programs.
Ranch Hand Supervisor
“I’ve worked as a farm/ranch hand at various times since grade school. After my honorable discharge from the united states navy in 1979, being a man excited by the temptation of parts unknown, I’ve worked my way around the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and Colorado, finding employment in many capacities that include fire fighter, commercial salmon fishing. I’ve worked in the agricultural, timber, automotive, and oil/gas industries. I consider myself as a jack of many trades and a professional laborer. I came to Freedom Hooves in the spring of 2017 and was, very proudly, recognized as volunteer of the Year. In 2018 I was hired by FH as a supervisor for the ranch hand program and continued in that position for the 2019 season. Some of my intentions, concerning the ranch hands, are to help instill in them qualities of character built on a foundation of honesty, accountability, respect, and the importance of teamwork. My involvement and experiences with Freedom Hooves are definitely a shining star in my life.”
My name is Alisha Sorensen. I am a mom of two amazing little boys and a wife to my best friend. I am currently studying nursing and am working towards my BSN I have a strong love for horses and strive to continue to grow my knowledge and My favorite activity with horses is simply riding bareback and trail riding. I have years of horse experience and am excited to learn and grow more!
A special THANKS to some special people.
Volunteer of the Year 2019
Youth Volunteer of the Year 2019
2019 Ranch Hand Award
Most Improved Ranch Hand Award 2019
Our horses are very special.
Board of Directors
Gar Williams has returned to the board after a short break. He brings a wealth of knowledge from the state sector including law enforcement, fire mitigation and extensive EMT training. He has taught EMT courses at CMC and CNNC and earned his degree from Penn State University in Drafting and Design Engineering.
Rene Littlehawk has called Moffat County home for many years. She grew up on horses and continues to enjoy this passion. She enjoys her music and art as well, but her horses are always first.Rene is an outdoors person and spends what little time off she has horseback riding the wilds of Moffat county.For the past many years she has been a Direct Support Professional with Horizons Specialized Services, in Craig, another of her passions.
Tilila Gunderson has a daughter who is completing her fourth season in the Freedom Hooves program and a son who participated in the 2019 season. She can see how Freedom Hooves benefits the community and individuals, and wants to be a part of the wonderful work that they provide to both.
Gail brings a wealth of professional experience to the Freedom Hooves’ Board of Directors with a background in nursing, education, administration along with service on non-profit boards. She raised her daughters to learn about and care for their six horses and understands how precious the relationship with a horse is, and how beautiful, to mind-body-spirit. She hopes to provide compassionate input and support of therapeutic horsemanship using her years as a horsewoman combined with the care that a nurse has, along with her love and respect for horses with at risk populations and individuals with special needs.
Carolyn Walsh A longtime resident of Moffat County and an accomplished horsewoman, Carolyn brings both experience and enthusiasm to our Board of Directors. She volunteers for therapy, fund raising, Tuesday Night Training, and more.
Sal has been an animal enthusiast and horse owner for many years. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the board about the non-profit sector.