Lori grew up riding in the Kansas City area taking riding lessons at Allendale along with her sisters. She attended University of Arizona and K-State before returning to Kansas City and working for the family business. She feels fortunate to have married her soul mate, Steve. They have two children, Katie and Andy. Lori loves spending time with friends and family, especially her granddaughter, Olive. Lori continued to fuel her passion for horses by joining HTR over 7 years ago. She started as a sidewalker then worked as a volunteer coordinator for a couple of years and has returned to us as a very involved volunteer! Lori currently helps out 3 days a week and is an integral part of our new Interactive Vaulting program. We are so grateful for Lori and her time and talents that she has shared with HTR.
Marie and Jarrid Williams are a wonderful example of how a little love and caring can make the world better. Marie has helped in therapeutic riding programs across the U.S. When she moved back to KS she knew it was a “therapy” that she would still need in her life. Upon finding HTR, her husband, Jarrid, decided this might be something that he would enjoy too. For over 3 years, Marie and Jarrid have volunteered each Tuesday to ensure a safe and enjoyable ride for Mo. They have also helped countless other riders and jump in to help at special events and activities at HTR. We are so grateful to them (and to Marie’s mom for her standing, weekly babysitting appointment)! The Marie and Jarrid love coming for the horses, the families, their friends and mostly the riders and we love them!
Gene Ronsick grew up horseback on a ranch in Chase County, KS. He met his wife, Linda while attending K-State. They have now been married 48 years! At K-State he commissioned in AFROTC and then went to pilot training. He was a C-130 pilot for the Air Force for 29 years. After two wars and many contingencies he retire in 1998. He joined the civilian workforce for the next 10 years at Honeywell. He now enjoys retirement with his wife and the families of his two daughters and six grandchildren. Gene has been volunteering at HTR since 2014. He finds that the combination of working with children and horses to be just what he was looking for. Gene has devoted many hours to HTR helping in classes multiple days a week. When he’s not here, you can find him hunting, fishing or riding horses in the Flint Hills. We are so blessed to have Gene as a volunteer at HTR!
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!
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!