It takes a dedicated team to help ensure the continuing success of Medicine Horse. These individuals continue to offer their time and energy to help take Medicine Horse to the next level.
Nancy Hoopes -
Why I love horses: Horses are such beautiful creatures. When I'm around them, I feel a powerful, emotional connection that calms my soul. Riding is the ultimate escapism, especially on the property with the mountains in the west, and the pastures and the farms that you can see around us.
Why MHP rocks: I love the teamwork involved in making sure that the horses are cared for and our programs are available to many people who are in need. I also don't have to pay to join a gym because I get free workouts mucking stalls!
Favorite horse: Silverwood!
Favorite horse movie: Seabiscuit
What I do when I am not at MHP: I work remotely from my home for a company that matches virtual assistants with entrepreneurs, and think about how I can shorten my hours to get back out to MHP.
Natalie Longhini - Development Director
Worked in the Corporate Technology industry managing both global and large national accounts for 20+ years; in addition to working for Medicine Horse, I own an equine facilitated training/coaching business: https://www.4legscoaching.com.
Why I love horses: I’ve loved horses as long as I can remember and it’s a mystery where it came from because I didn’t have exposure to horses except at the occasional State Fair, until I bought my first Arab in junior high school. My passion for horses has continued into adulthood. Today, I can say that I love horses because they make me happy, fulfilled and calm; I’m more in the moment with a horse and that’s priceless.
Why MHP rocks: MH is a very special place - I’d say sacred. The horses, the volunteers, the human therapists, the donors and supporters are all unsurpassed. There’s a drive and passion for what we’re doing to help others and to be the leaders in our field. I’m honored to be part of such an esteemed group.
Favorite horse: Mine (Prince) and he’s also part of the therapy team which makes him extra cool.
Favorite horse movie: War Horse is my favorite horse movie because it shows the bond of horse and human against all odds.
What I do when I am not at MHP: When I’m not at MH I’m with my hubby playing and hiking or snowshoeing with our two rescue dogs in Nederland where we live, laughing with my friends and family (preferably with a nice glass of wine in hand) and traveling the world to explore new places. I am very blessed to have so much joy in my life.
Nikki Hodgson -
Why I love horses: When I'm working with a horse, I'm not thinking about anything else. I'm focused on my body and the horse's body and whatever connection is (or isn't) happening. Horses force me into the present moment in a way that nothing else really does. They're my meditation. They give me a space to become aware of what I'm feeling, physically and mentally, and that's incredibly liberating. When I'm on the back of a horse, I feel connected to myself and everything around me. And that feels like freedom and bravery and happiness all rolled into one. Plus they have soft noses and cuddly faces and they make me laugh.
Why MHP rocks: This place is a sanctuary for horses and humans. It's a place of healing and support and the sense of community that it fosters is really powerful. I love being a part of it, whether mucking stalls or renovating barns or helping support our therapists as a horse handler in group therapy. I find a tremendous amount of inspiration and peace in just being here.
Favorite horse: Ok, don't tell Nitro, but...I'm pretty obsessed with Pixie the donkey.
Favorite horse movie: Hidalgo.
What I do when I am not at MHP: My day job is at Outdoor Industry Association working to ensure outdoor products like skis, climbing equipment, and your favorite down jacket are made in the most environmentally and socially responsible way possible. If I'm not at my desk or at the barn, you'll find me climbing up mountains and skiing down them.
Emily Harkless - Grant Writer
Why I love horses: I started riding as a pre-teen and became the typical horse obsessed teenager going to shows and riding as much as possible. Now as an adult my love for horses hasn't changed, but my focus has shifted from riding to immersing myself in the spiritual and healing nature of horses and working with them at liberty. I spend as much time around horses as I can!
Why MHP rocks: I began volunteering for MH after attending a fall benefit, I realized right away that there was something "magic" about this place and every time I come here it fills me with peace and a sense of purpose, I knew I had to get involved somehow, and volunteering here has changed my career path and in some ways my world view. There is an energy here that makes me so excited about the future of this program.
Favorite horse: The mini's Sadie and Ellie (because I have a mini and in our society they are often overlooked but can inspire tremendous healing).
Favorite horse movie: Black Beauty
What I do when I am not at MHP: I'm a mom of two wonderful little boys, and a paramedic working out of several contracted fire departments in Weld and Larimer Counties. I have 5 fur babies- three dogs and two horses (one foal and one mini horse), and as a family we spend as much time outside as possible, doing farm chores, playing outside and camping.