Tilila has a daughter who is completing her third season in the Freedom Hooves program. 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. Tilila works on the Fundraising Committee.
Gar 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.
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.
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.
Rene 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.
Jen is originally from Newtown, CT. She loves photography, travel, animals of all kinds and long hikes with her husband and their Catahoula pit mix, Hoshi. Jen started volunteering in 2018 and is excited to be serving this amazing organization as a board member on the Marketing Committee, as website editor, and by volunteering to care for and exercise the horses. In turn, she is learning a great deal about horsemanship and equine assisted activities and therapies.
Additional Advisory Board Members
Wayne Davis, DVM
Dude is a 10 year old Saddlebred gelding owned by Morning Star Equestrian Activities (Connie Sue Ellis) and shared with Freedom Hooves. Dude is a super sweet boy with lots of personality. Fun fact: Dude is one of the most ticklish horses you'll ever meet!
Libby is a 22 year old Quarter Horse mare owned by Morning Star Equestrian Activities (Connie Sue Ellis) and shared with Freedom Hooves. Libby is calm and quiet and has been a favorite horse among many young riders. Fun fact: The Ellis family has owned Libby for 14 years and she's been a part of the Freedom Hooves program for more than 10.
Jill is a 17 year old Percheron/Standardbred mare owned by Morning Star Equestrian Activities (Connie Sue Ellis) and shared with Freedom Hooves. She is a very versatile horse and is able to help many different riders. Fun fact: Jill has been our number one therapy horse for many years in a row.
Beast is a 7 year old half Belgian, half Percheron draft horse owned by Seth Bambrough.
Jackson is a 17 year old Percheron/Standardbred gelding owned by Morning Star Equestrian Activities (Connie Sue Ellis) and shared with Freedom Hooves. He and Jill are half siblings and were born within weeks of each other. Fun fact: Before coming to Freedom Hooves, Jackson and Jill were a carriage pulling team.
Chance is a 3 year old gelding owned by Freedom Hooves and the newest member to the herd, joining us in March 2019. He is a friendly quarter horse that loves people.
Dr. Scott & Connie Sue Ellis are the facility owners.
Freedom Hooves Therapeutic Riding of Northwest Colorado Incorporated, operating as Freedom Hooves, is organized and operated exclusively for the charitable purposes of providing equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with physical, mental or emotional challenges. To this end Freedom Hooves shall at all times be operated exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Freedom Hooves does not discriminate on the basis of age, handicap, disability, sex, sexual preference, religious affiliation, national origin, race, color, creed or political affiliation.