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RED Arena was founded 2008 in Dripping Springs, Texas as a 501c3 non-profit and operates as a PATH Center on 20 acres in the beautiful hill country. We starting with just six children in physical therapy on the horse and have grown to serve over 150 per week in the various unique programs we offer.
The mission is to empower, specifically, individuals with disabilities through horses. Through the years we have found the importance of family and community involvement to create more inclusive opportunities for every ability level. We have expanded to serve more of the community through our mental health and reading programs.
The word "disability" is used, but the program never limits by person by a diagnosis or preconceived limitation. Our goal is to help every participant develop skills and confidence that can be carried into every aspect of their life.
Our Board of Directors
President “Missy” Knebel, RN
Mary "Missy" Knebel is President of the Board of Directors of Red Arena. As the mother of a child who sustained a traumatic brain injury she is uniquely aware of the life changing therapies that can only be carried out with the assistance of a horse. Missy has been volunteering with Red Arena weekly since 2007. She has served in numerous roles including Board Treasurer, Round Up Chairman, Scholarship Committee Chair and Strategic Planning Committee. She continues to volunteer every week as a horse handler. Missy presently sits on the Board of Directors of a national nonprofit organization, L3 (Lives of Leadership and Legacy) and serves as it's Health and Wellness Chairman. Missy has also volunteered for other nonprofit organizations including Animal Trustees of Austin, Lake Travis Youth Association and Project Graduation. A graduate of the University of Texas at Houston, Missy holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. Prior to her retirement last year Missy was a shareholder and Director of Nurses for Robinson Creek Home Care and Hospice Inc. for over twenty years. During her free time Missy enjoys riding and showing her Arabian gelding Eddie.
Vice President Caroline Juszczcak
Caroline has been a RED Arena weekly volunteer since 2009. Caroline has served as a Chair of Round-Up for the past 4 years and Scholarship Committee Chair past 2 years. Caroline has always had a heart for helping kids, and before moving to Austin, volunteered as a court-appointed advocate/guardian ad litem for children in the care of Child Protective Services in Harris County. To pay the bills, Caroline works as an information development manager at a company Forbes called one of the top 10 fastest growing technology companies, but volunteering at RED Arena and seeing the positive change it makes is where her passion is.
Secretary Kathy Hildebrandt
Kathy has been a vital weekly volunteer at Red Arena since 2008 giving countless hours to assist with equine selection, care, transportation, program development & weekly program sessions. She was born & raised in Houston, Texas. She graduated from Southwestern University at Georgetown. She has competed successfully at the National Level with her beloved Arabian horse, Chance (Fames Night Fever). Kathy has served as Secretary of the Board of Directors since 2010 and as a Round-Up Chair the past 5 years. She is also a supporter of P.A.W.S Shelter & Humane Society & Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society.
Treasurer Andrea Wenholz
The Wenholz Law Firm
Andrea has been volunteering weekly at RED Arena since 2008, serves as a Chair on the Round-Up Committee and Funding Committee. She is currently working with her husband as CFO for the Wenholz Law Firm. She formerly worked as a CFO in the technology sector in Austin, Texas for over 10 years. She started her career in Dallas in public accounting with KPMG and relocated to Austin to work with several high tech start-up companies. She graduated from Texas A&M with a BA in Accounting. She is passionate about her family, her husband and two beautiful daughters, her horses, dogs and cats.
Member Matt Evans, DVM
Austin Equine Associates
In addition to serving on the RED Arena board, Dr. Evans and his team at Austin Equine care for RED Arena's horses, a responsibility they consider a privileged. Matt Evans is a native Austinite with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University. Dr. Evans became a partner at Austin Equine Associates in 2005 and his primary veterinary interest is equine dentistry. Matt and his wife of 15 years have two girls, 4 and 7 years old, and they reside in Dripping Springs, Texas. Matt is very involved at Christ Church Austin, leading the Foster and Adoptive Ministry, Genesis Gardens (providing vegetables for Austin's homeless population) and serving on the Design Team as they build a new church. In his spare time, Matt is an landscape oil painter and a novice, mediocre stand-up comedian.
Member Myrna F. Young
Executive Director/CEO of Everywoman Opportunity Center, Inc. (Ret)
Founding President of Red Arena Board of Directors
Under her leadership, Everywoman Opportunity Center, Inc. won state and national recognition. Myrna and Everywoman received the prestigious US Department of Labor's national Exemplary Public Interest Contribution (EPIC) Award--one of only five awarded in the nation. She is well known as an expert in nonprofit management as well as training program design. She sits on several Boards of Directors including currently serving as President of Wider Opportunities for Women---a fifty year old organization based in Washington DC. She is the recipient of many awards including being named to the WNY Women's Hall of Fame. She has a M.ED. from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Member Manon Lemoine
Yarbrough Solutions Worldwide
Manon Lemoine has served on the RED Arena Board of Directors since 2008. She is the purchasing agent of all materials and services for Yarbrough Solutions Worldwide. She was born and raised in the Netherlands and moved to the US in 1983, attended Louisiana State University and has been a resident of Austin since 1993. Manon has focused her free time around volunteering with organizations involving animals such as Town Lake Animal Center, Wildlife Rescue and Horse Rescue. She has been a Meals-On-Wheels weekly volunteer since 2000. Manon is an Assistant Follow-up Inspection Coordinator with BEHS (Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society) which is vital to ensuring the success of rescued horses’ futures.
Member Marie Lowman
SAS, Principal Consultant Government
As a parent of a rider, Marie has been involved with Red Arena since its inception in 2008. Marie is employed by SAS, the world’s largest privately held business intelligence vendor, as an international marketing manager for the government practice. Marie is responsible for leading a marketing team that brings the power of SAS analytics to more than 80 countries’ public sector organizations. With more than 20 years of international public sector experience under her belt, Lowman is known for her hands-on selling, marketing, and management approach. She is currently serving her second term as an elected council member for the City of Bee Cave, Texas.
MEMBER Brian Strickland
Brian and his wife, Teresa, of 35 years along with their three sons have all volunteered at Red Arena since 2013. They are horse owners and are supporters of several horse centric nonprofit organizations.
Brian is currently a private equity investor focusing on real estate and related opportunities. He has over 25 years of real estate finance experience, including mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, private placements, and public equity offering.
Brian has completed more than $14 billion of real estate transactions. Mr. Strickland graduated with a BBA in Accounting from Texas Tech University in 1985. He started his career at Ernst & Young in 1986 and was certified as a CPA in 1988. Brian served as Vice President of Tax at Wyndham International, Executive Vice President and CFO of CNL Hotels & Resorts Inc., CFO of JMI Realty LLC and Managing Director of S-Five Investors. Brian also served as an independent member of the board of directors for Felcor Lodging Trust Inc., a publicly traded Real Estate Investment Trust.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JENNIFER YOUNG
Jennifer Young founded RED Arena out of her deep passion for believing that a pre-conceived diagnosis did not need to limit a person. Her approach found individual's strengths and built upon them. Her duties as Executive Director are to run the day-to-day operation of the organization, including development and implementation for all programs; training and supervision of equines, therapists, support staff and volunteers.
Jennifer Young, PT, is a Physical Therapist licensed in the state of Texas since 1997. She is a PATH Registered Therapist and Level II Therapist with American Hippotherapy Association, and has been practicing equine assisted physical therapy since 2004. She was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, and attended Texas State University to receive a Bachelors in Applied Sociology, Cum Laude, in 1995 and a Masters of Science in Physical Therapy, 1997. She is the Founder and Owner of Children’s Therapy Services, a private pediatric therapy group serving Greater Austin. Jennifer is the proud mom of two sons who play baseball at Dripping Spring High School.
Our Awesome Therapy Horses
Brodie & Scout
The mini's have been a great addition to our program in countless ways, from building independence with grooming and leading, to running the mini-horse obstacle course, to being good listeners when we need a friend. We just can't get enough of their cute faces!
2015 Horses of the year!
Hans is a 10 year old Norwegian Fjord. He has been at RED Arena since 2013 and works as both a therapy horse and a therapeutic lesson horse. Hans loves being the head of the herd. He's come in a close second for horse of the year in 2016 and finally had a well deserved win this year!
2017 Horse of the Year!
Maggie & Sven
Maggie is 20 years old and Sven is 18 years old. They are full brother & sister Norwegian Fjords. They have been with our program since 2010. Maggie works primarily as a therapy horse. Sven is used in therapy sessions as well as lessons.
Maggie 2012 & 2013
Horse of the Year!
Sven 2014 Horse of the Year!
Sunny retired in the fall of 2013 from his therapy work and is living well in a huge pasture cared for by his loving owners. He was a 27 year old Palomino and was a National and World Champion with his first owner. He was happy to do anything from walking slow for a new rider, trotting for his lessons, and racing to bend the poles if you let him.
Bella is a 10 year old Haflinger mare. She has been with RED Arena since 2011 and works in both therapy sessions and riding lessons. Besides eating, her favorite things to do are go on trail rides and smile for treats.
Peanut is a 16 year old American Paint Horse gelding. He has been with RED Arena since 2014 and works in both therapy sessions and riding lessons. His loves to roll with his friends as well as race the poles.
She is a sweet and spunky 9 year old haflinger mare who joined us in 2016. She was sired by A Royal Challenge CWA and Rita PFH. She loves to trot wherever she's going, hang with her BFF Bella and be a good lesson horse.
When King was younger he competed and won many American Quarter Horse Association sporting events, including 1999 Versatility Ranch Horse Champion. Now he enjoys his active retirement at working in therapy and therapeutic riding lessons.
2016 Horse of the Year!
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