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Stephanie Powell, Executive Director


Stephanie is a PATH International Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor, Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, and a Certified Special Olympics Equestrian Coach. Starting at a young age she caught the horse-loving bug. Her riding education began early and continued with over 8 years of hunter/jumper lessons in Manor, Texas, including show experience in TSSA, CenTex, and CTHJA.

Combining her love for horses and helping others, she became involved in therapeutic riding. This led to opportunities to work with at-risk youth, Horses for Heroes, summer camps, and a chemical dependency program.

With a passion for partnering horses with humans and a focus on horsemanship, her teaching style encourages the connection between horse and rider from the very beginning.

Her herd includes an 18-year-old thoroughbred gelding named Pencil and a cat.

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Micki Eubanks

Micki has volunteered at HELP since 2006, and served on the board since 2009. She and her mare, Shasta, enjoy riding trails around her home in Taylor.

Beau Whitaker, DVM

Dr. Beau Whitaker grew up near Nashville, Tennessee working on his family's farm. Prior to attending veterinary school, he trained halter horses professionally in north Texas. Beau graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. Upon graduation, he completed an internship at Arizona Equine in Gilbert, Arizona. Subsequently, Beau then worked as a veterinarian at the 6666's Ranch in Guthrie, Texas. Beau moved to Salado, Texas, and joined Dr. T’s Equine Clinic (now Brazos Valley Equine Hospital, Salado) in 2007, where he established a busy lameness and sports medicine clientele. Beau is interested in equine rehabilitation and received his Certification in Equine Rehabilitation Therapy (CERT) in 2014 from the University of Tennessee.

Kirk Zippe

Kirk has been a volunteer at HELP since 1999 and President of the board since 2009. He welcomes you to HELP and looks forward to sharing the wonderful and memorable experiences you and your child will have riding with us.  

His son Auggie started riding with HELP in 1999 at age 2, and rode there for 13 years. He has since graduated and continues to ride at an equestrian center without assistance. Now 20, he continues to learn to ride English and is trotting and jumping on his own.

Expect miracles and enjoy the ride!

Joshua Wilson

Joshua attended Texas A&M University and graduated in 2005 with degrees in History and Psychology. Joshua has been practicing law in Travis and Williamson Counties since graduating St. Mary’s University School of Law in 2013. Joshua’s focus is Estate Planning, Probate, and Small Business Services. Joshua has an extensive background in insurance issues after working in corporate insurance for several years prior to law school and insurance coverage litigation prior to founding The J. D. Wilson Law Firm, PLLC. As a small business owner, Joshua understands the unique challenges facing small business owners.  

Joshua lives in Pflugerville with his wife and four dogs. Joshua and his wife have also volunteered at ROCK, Ride On Center for Kids and he has served as a board member for Texas Humane Heroes. He enjoys outdoor activities, reading history, and shooting sports and is expecting his first daughter in October.

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