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Meet the Herd

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Bubbles is the newest member of the herd! Bubbles is an 8yo small pony who has been to daycare centers, joined in the Pflugerville Pets Alive Fun Run, and more! He's already helped with ground lessons and visiting the Texas School for the Deaf while at HELP. Picture coming soon.



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 thanks to her Aunt Jerrie 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 in 2009 at ROCK in Georgetown and earned her instructor certification in January 2010. Her time at ROCK led to opportunities working with at-risk youth, veterans, 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 first lesson onward.

In her spare time Stephanie enjoys time at the beaches of Texas and with her nearby family in Georgetown and Jarrell.

Our Board of Advisors

Caitlin Admire, President

picture of Caitlin Admire Caitlin has been around horses for over 20 years. She grew up showing AQHA and hunter/jumpers with her big redheaded ex-racehorse, Dollar. Her passion for therapeutic riding began in college when she worked at a stable that also housed a therapeutic riding program. Along with riding for the stable, she began helping with the therapy classes, carrying out lesson plans provided by the PATH certified head trainer.

She went to college at Kansas State University and earned her Master's Degree in Landscape Architecture and a certificate in Pre-Veterinary Equine Science. Her first internship in the architecture world was with an equestrian architecture firm that focused solely on designing equestrian facilities throughout the country. She now works as an urban designer and campus planner for the local office of international architecture firm, Perkins+Will.

Caitlin has lived in Austin since 2014, currently serves as a board member for HELP and rides just around the corner at Manor Equestrian Center. When she's not at the barn, Caitlin can be found with her husband working on their renovated 1970's bungalow in South Austin, spoiling their two rescue pups, and supporting the local food and beverage scene around town.


Micki Eubanks, Treasurer

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.



Sandra Navarette, Secretary

picture of Sandra Navarette coming soon! Sandra Navarrete has over 20 years' experience in clinical research and is a former small business owner in Austin, Texas. During her career in clinical research, Sandra has executed successful studies in both the US and OUS, overseen clinical operations and managed key personnel. Sandra is currently attaining her MBA with a focus in Healthcare Management at Our Lady of the Lake University. In her spare time she enjoys occasional horseback riding, flamenco dancing, fashion design, and practicing her Italian with her husband, Paolo.

Herd Veterinarian

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.


Expect miracles and enjoy the ride!

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