Founder /Executive Director
LaurieAnn Nelson, is 54 years old and has 36 years of equine industries experience, as well as corporate administration. She lives with her husband and animals on a small ranch in Montrose Colorado just below the Black Canyon National Park. Born and raised in Napa Valley above San Francisco, California. She ran a very successful Horseback Riding business with 3 stables and over 70 horses. Voted the best State Park Horse Concessions in California. Sonoma Cattle Company & Napa Valley Trail Rides, was a name synonymous with professional, safe, and exciting rides throughout the valleys. Retiring here in 1997, she continues to bring people and horses together in a nurturing environment. "There is nothing so good for the inside of a man, as the outside of a horse." MC Self
"My passion for people and horses has always been part of my life. The chance to change someones life even if only for an hour is powerful. This could not be done without the assistance of our horses, beautiful hand raised and trained, they are the heart of the therapy, in what ever form, from Trail Riding to Hippotherapy, Equine Assisted Learning to Driving.
"Here at MTRC, It is an honor to work in such an environment, with fellow experts, passionate professionals, horses , nature, and the amazing, inspiring individuals who visit and utilize our facility"
Path, Intl Certified Riding Instructor Linda Field under construction....info to come
The Board of Directors Jeanne Northrup, President, Black Canyon Ranch
Tori Barker,Vice-President, BA Special Education
Valerie Hudson, Secretary, Treasurer, BA, AA Psych Tech, Child development
Larry Gordon, Chairman, BA, MA Educational Psychology
Stephanie Shull, Officer, CNA, Vet Tech
The Advisory Board Alette Brooks: Ph.D./MA. Educational Psychology(AutismSpecialist) #6869
Head of Advisory Board, Program Development and Grants.
Micki Kintner: Licensed Occupational Therapist #AA201848
Therapy Programs/Assessment Advisor and on Staff
John Shull: DVM Equine Health Advisor and Staff Veterinarian
Linda Field: PATH, Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Therapy Programs Advisor and on Staff
LaurieAnn Nelson: Equine Expert, Sidewalker, and on Staff