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Meet the Herd

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Regal was donated to HELP in September 2002 by Kay Smith. He is a registered American Quarter Horse (AQHA) gelding whose full name is Lucky's Regal Cresent. He's our "steady Eddy," with a solid stance to hold any unbalanced rider. He has the patience of a saint! Regal loves his clients and turns it on to help them gain their independence. He loves to roll in the mud and scratch his belly while laying on the ground. Most days, he enjoys munching on grass and napping. Regal is sponsored now by Debbie and Paul Trylko.



Jake is a black bay Percheron cross gelding who came to HELP in April 2010. He has a sweet personality and is eager to please. At 16.3 hands, he is the tallest of our horses. While Jake's height makes him quite intimidating, he is truly a gentle giant. Jake is sponsored by Kristen Carey.




Rooster joined HELP in April of 2010, along with Jake. Friends of a HELP client understood how much HELP made a difference in our riders lives, so when they rescued Rooster and Jake, and had them rehabilitated and trained to be therapy horses, they donated them to the organization. Rooster loves to play jollyball with his buddy Jake. Don't let his small size fool you, he rules the pasture!




Mistee was donated to HELP in November 2015 by Erin Snyder and her daughter. She is a registered American Quarter Horse (AQHA) mare whose full name is Miss Tee Dee Bar. She's 21 years old now, but Mistee doesn't know it. Her forward and smooth gait helps riders at the walk and trot work on their riding skills. She's sensitive to her rider and volunteers and knows just how much patience from her they need. Mistee is looking for a sponsor! Click above to start HELPing today.




Jack and Tess are the great herd protectors at HELP. As progress closes in around us, coyotes are common visitors at night. Jack and Tess run them out of the field as part of their natural instincts. Jack also thinks of himself as the official welcoming committee. He will let out a very loud bray to welcome you to his home.

Our Staff

Stephanie Powell, Executive Director

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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.

Our Board of Advisors

Micki Eubanks

picture of 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

picture of Beau Whitaker 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

picture of 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.

Joshua Wilson

picture of 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. In his free time, Joshua volunteers as a board member for HELP, a non-profit therapeutic riding center in Austin, enjoys outdoor activities, reading history, and shooting sports.

Expect miracles and enjoy the ride!

Vacant (email director@helpcenterofaustin.org if interested)

Our Partner

Please, stay tuned for more information on our up-and-coming mental health professional.


Since 1984, HELP has provided a safe and caring environment for people with challenges to experience the joy of equine partnership.
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