Lisa Chase grew up riding horses with her sister and her best friend every Saturday morning. As an adult, she found a desire to link her love for horses with the joy she finds in helping people. This led her to join the HTR Volunteer team in 2015. At HTR, Lisa has worked as a sidewalker and established strong bonds with the riders she assists. One of her favorite memories was sidewalking in the horseshow with Amy. At the show she was surprised to find Amy had won the Fahey Rider of the Year Award. Lisa reports that the whole team was so over-joyed that they burst into tears! Lisa works at a law firm in Overland Park. She and her husband of 29 years, Mike, have 2 beautiful daughters, Lindsey and Lauren. HTR is so grateful for Lisa and all the other volunteers who give us their precious time and talents.
October Volunteer Spotlight: Paula Edmonds Paula has been a part of the HTR team since February 2016. As a regular volunteer, she has helped many riders in her 139 hours of service to HTR. Before retiring, Paula worked with children with at the Missouri School for the Severely Disabled. She has also been a lifelong equine enthusiast. When she retired, she searched for an opportunity where she could combine her career knowledge and love of horses. We are so lucky Paula found HTR! Paula always walks in the door with a smile on her face ready to help out as needed. She is kind and takes pleasure in getting to know others. Paula is married with two grown children and two grandchildren She also shares her giving nature with her fluffy babies -- a cat and a grand-puppy. We are so grateful that her family shares her with us each week! Thank you Paula for all that you have done for our riders, staff, and ponies!
Mikkayla has been a volunteer with Heartland since August, but has already had a huge impact on the riders she regularly sidewalks with on Wednesday and Thursday. She eagerly accepts extra positions when subs are needed during the week and has volunteered for several special events including the Mid-American Charity Horse Show. Mikkayla had limited access to horses growing up in Ogden, UT, but is making up for lost time by taking riding lessons as well as volunteering for Heartland and Changing Leads Equine Rescue. She hopes to have her own ranch in the future. Mikkayla is currently stationed at Ft. Leavenworth where she actively serves in the U.S. Army as a Private First Class. She has been in the Army for a little over a year as a Correctional Officer. She also enjoys portrait photography in her spare time. Thank you, Mikkayla, for your hard work and dedication.
Ann has been volunteering at Heartland for over a year. She is currently a leader and ring attendant on Monday evenings. She assisted with our Horse Show and Camp in May; and she has supported our Tux n’ Boots event, too. Ann grew up riding and showing horses. She has been married to Brent for 30 years. They have three children: Nick, Madelyn, and Jay. Ann graduated from KU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and worked in advertising until motherhood consumed her time. She currently works as a paraprofessional at Indian Valley Elementary in the Blue Valley School District. Ann also coaches ‘Girls on the Run’ in her spare time! Thank you, Ann, for your hard work and dedication!