Around 2004, God put a desire in Torey’s heart to use horses to bring healing to children with emotional and behavioral problems. While developing the HorsePower program, she and her husband Mike decided to become foster adopt parents. Both pursuits focused on helping abused & neglected children. Having owned and shown horses in her youth, connecting with a grad student at Washburn University to create a study on HorsePower and pursuing NARHA (now PATH) certification all culminated in the creation of the HorsePower program, helping hundreds of children through the years. Torey is a foster adoptive parent and works for Alter Counseling Services as a Family Support Specialist.
Shannon has been involved in HorsePower since the beginning. First as a horse donor for the program, then a mentor which quickly transitioned in to instructor’s assistant and then instructor. Shannon has over 10 years experience as a Youth Director in Lee’s Summit and is the Marketing & Communication Specialist for InfraSource. Her past youth leadership experiences, passion for foster and adopted children (having been adopted herself) and desire to serve God have all led to her current role as HorsePower Instructor. | Email Shannon
Nancy is no stranger to jeans and boots. She grew up on a 2000 acre family farm & ranch in central Missouri. She showed Charolais in 4-H and was a member of the American International Junior Charolais Association. As an adult she owned, trained and competed horses in Cross Country 3-day Eventing and was a member of Mid-America Combined Training Association and served on the board. Nancy is Electrical Designer for Gibbens, Drake, Scott Inc. She and her husband Doug have two step-daughters and a son. Nancy began serving HorsePower as a HorseHandler in 2008, then mentored, which soon led her to becoming an instructor. | Email Nancy
Emily began her HorsePower experience in 2010 when she served as a volunteer. At the time, she had completed an apprenticeship at an area barn, learning the skills of barn management and riding instruction. While pursuing her career as a riding instructor, she fell in love with Jesus and decided to use horses to help people. After finishing her degree in counseling at Calvary Bible College, she went on to get a Master’s in Counseling at MidAmerica Nazarene University as well as a certificate in Play Therapy. Since then she has completed training in Trauma-Informed Equine Assisted Therapy (Natural Lifemanship). She currently works as a residential therapist for Cornerstones of Care, serving youth who have not been successful in foster placements.
Katie began volunteering with HorsePower in 2008. Katie started out as a HorseHandler then moved to Lead HorseHandler and Mentor and now is a HorsePower Instructor. It has been a long time desire of Katie’s to merge her passion for horses, her desire to serve the Lord and her desire to work with neglected youth. Being a HorsePower instructor is the perfect fit. Katie has grown up riding horses and showing dressage. She has one horse whose name is Kiki. Katie is active in her church and its young adult ministry called Paradigm. Katie is currently pursuing her Bachelors in Social Work with a minor in Child Development at the University of Central Missouri.
- CCHI: Christian Camping Horsemanship International
- EAGALA: Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association
- EAL: Equine Assisted Learning
- PATH: Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship