Three horses from our herd eating eating from a hay bale.

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.

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Natalie Longhini is the Executive Director of Medicine Horse

Natalie Longhini 
Executive Director

She | Her | Hers

What do you put on your pizza?  Tons of cheese, no tomato sauce, pepperoni, or sardines but other than those items, I'm open to other toppings

 

In your lifetime, what is your most interesting horse experience?  In 2009 I had the opportunity to go on a ride in the Austrian Alps with my in-laws on Lipizzaner horses. We galloped along streams, through meadows and all of this in the shadow of the Kaisergebirge mountain range of Tyrol.

 

Tell us one of your favorite MH stories? I've done some horse handling for the Operation Be Herd groups and my favorite thing is to see the veterans and active military folks leaving, after a session, with big smiles on their faces and some weight off their shoulders.

How would your 10-year-old self react to what you’re doing in life now?   My 10 year old self wouldn't believe that it's possible to have a career helping people from all walks of life and be around horses, mini donkeys, mini horses and other animals at a barn all day. 

 

If you could be any animal/creature real or imagined, what would you be and why?  A dolphin would be my real animal choice and a dragon would be my imaginary creature choice... because dolphin seem to be playful and dragons are fierce flying machines.

 

What do you like to do when you're not working?  I am a travel junky.  I love to see new places, meet new people, and learn about other cultures around the world. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends, snuggling with our rescue dogs and riding our horses.

Nikki Hodgson is the Volunteer Coordinator at Medicine Horse

Nikki Hodgson
Horse Volunteer Team Leader
She | Her | Hers

What do you put on your pizza?  Hatch chilis or jalapeños

 

In your lifetime, what is your most interesting horse experience?  My dad and I went on a cattle herding trip when I was younger and we spent a week riding around southwestern Colorado, pushing cattle through the sagebrush and sleeping out under the stars.

 

Tell us one of your favorite MH stories? One time while I was horse handling for a group, we were sitting talking and watching the horses and the mood in the group was very tense. Suddenly one of the horses (it was Nitro) tried to climb into a wheelbarrow and he looked so silly that everyone started laughing. It immediately shifted the energy in the group and while we still talked about some very hard things, the burst of laughter helped the group relax and shift into a place where it felt easier to talk and connect. 

How would your 10-year-old self react to what you’re doing in life now?   She would be surprised that I am not a country veterinarian in Yorkshire like her idol, James Herriot. I'm not sure if she would think working in climate and sustainability is as exciting, but I know she would be relieved that I still have horses in my life. 

 

If you could be any animal/creature real or imagined, what would you be and why?  I would probably choose a horse, but that seems predictable so I'll go with a quokka because they always look so happy. 

 

What do you like to do when you're not working?  I like to be in the mountains, climbing or skiing.

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Emily Harkless
Grant Writer
She | Her | Hers

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.

Nancy Hoopes is the Business Manager at Medicine Horse

Nancy Hoopes
Business Manager

She | Her | Hers

What do you put on your pizza? Extra cheese, pineapple, and red onions.

In your lifetime, what is your most interesting horse experience?  In my teens, I participated in show jumping. My favorite was one held during the Summer in Estes Park.

Tell us one of your favorite MH stories? One of my favorite stores (and a big reason I got involved with Medicine Horse) is how a parent credits Medicine Horse with saving his son's life. His young son had experienced serious injuries and brain trauma following a skiing accident.  The parents tried several other programs before finding Medicine Horse; through the therapy and experience, their son recovered.

How would your 10-year old self react to what you're doing in life now?   She'd be very happy that I was spending my time helping support people with challenges; and also continuing to ride.

If you could be any animal/creature real or imagined, what would you be and why? I'd like to be a meerkat... because who can resist those little critters?

What do you like to do when you're not working? I enjoy being with family and friends, along with riding Silverwood, my horse and playing with our two cats, Watson and Moriarty.

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Carmen Lyons
Programs & Business Coordinator
She | Her | Hers

What do you put on your pizza? I like to make my own pizza with goat cheese, peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, and apples, topped with balsamic and honey

In your lifetime, what is your most interesting horse experience? I  have treasured memories of riding on the New Hampshire beach as a kid, a feeling of total freedom and bliss.

Tell us one your favorite MH stories? I had fun volunteering at the Barn Dance Fundraiser, seeing all the amazing Western-wear outfits and the excitement as people stepped out of their cars. I enjoyed meeting some of the animals, the amazing team and all of the volunteers that make Medicine Horse a reality.

How would your 10-year old self react to what you are doing in life now?  My 10-year-old self would be happy that I am committing my time and energy towards helping others. She would probably wonder why I didn’t have my own horse yet haha, but she would be happy that I have horses in my life.

If you could be any kind of animal/creature, real or imagined, what you be and why?  Flying would be such a dream, so I would have to choose a hawk or an eagle

 

What do you like to do when you're not working?  I enjoy teaching yoga, meditating, working out, and I have recently picked up the guitar.