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.
What do you put on your pizza? Tons of cheese, no tomato sauce or pepperoni but other than those 2 items, I'm open to other toppings
In your lifetime, what is your most interesting horse experience? I had the opportunity to go on a stunning alpine ride with a Lipizzan horse in Austria; and it was an experience of a lifetime. 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, donkeys, goats and other animals at a barn all day.
If you could be any animal/creature real or imagined, what would you be and why? Dolphin would be my real animal choice and a dragon would be my imaginary creature choice.
What do you like to do outside of Medicine Horse? 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 Tennessee Walking Horses.
What do you put on your pizza? Most veggies, including jalapenos, pineapple, ham, chicken, sometimes bacon and sausage....so basically anything!
In your lifetime, what is your most interesting horse experience? Going on a weeklong horseback vacation in the jungles of Belize in my 20s where we rode every day and got to see beautiful parts of the mtns and jungle whilst getting eaten alive by all the bugs!
Tell us one of your favorite MH stories? I've only been here for 2 days so not too many to share, but I did enjoy helping Natalie & Tabitha round up some horses from the paddock my very 1st day of work, I got to bring in Cinco and Amos :) And seeing all the animals here at White Dog Farm is always a pleasure...got to see guinea fowls today!
How would your 10-year-old self react to what you’re doing in life now? She would be absolutely ecstatic as I was one of those young girls who always wanted to have her own horse and spent hours poring over horse books and drawing them on the computer paper by dad brought home from the office :)
If you could be any animal/creature real or imagined, what would you be and why? Some kind of Hawk or Falcon because they are so beautiful and can fly, who doesn't want to be able to have that freedom up in the sky?
What do you like to do outside of Medicine Horse? I am an avid obstacle course racer and have a season pass for Spartan Races so travel around the country meeting up with friends to spend the weekend racing. I also love to spend time outside with my pups, whether at open space or hiking and enjoy eating (love sushi) as well as reading to relax.
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 outside of Medicine Horse? I like to be in the mountains, climbing or skiing.
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.
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.
Carmen Lyons (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 outside of Medicine Horse? Outside of Medicine Horse, I enjoy teaching yoga, meditating, working out, and I have recently picked up the guitar.