Our team

Deb Bell

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Tessa Helmle

Sarah Weber Kumpf

Volunteer Coordinator

Executive Director

Lead Instructor

Sarah's passion for horses and special needs children has brought Inspiration Stables to fruition.  She has a lifelong love of horses with fond memories of Western trail riding with her dad through her childhood years and competitive English riding as an adult.  Her horse partners were Duchess, a loving Morgan who was her favorite Christmas present when she was 12, and McCain, a mostly sweet and a little sassy OTTB, who taught her the jumping world and has protected her children as they have learned to ride.  Sarah has a very special place in her heart for special needs children and cherishes the many years she has volunteered and served the children at Hills at Dales as a Spiritual Enrichment teacher, Challenge Day team partner, and Board of Directors member.  The ability to bring this incredible service to our community is truly a blessing for her, and she looks forward to the immense impact Inspiration Stables will have on our community as a whole.

Tessa is a graduate student at St Ambrose University in occupational therapy.  She completed her PATH, Intl. CTRI in June of 2019.  Her passion for children with special needs and horses emanates in her every interaction.  Tessa is a lifelong horse person and recognizes the amazing ability horses have to heal humans.  Her smile, positive attitude and genuine connection to those she works with makes her an incredible instructor and addition to the Inspiration Stables family.

Melissa is a PATH Certified instructor who also loves to teach yoga!  Melissa brings a unique perspective to her teaching style by integrating a variety of different activities, stretches, breathing and mindfulness.  Positivity and smiles abound as she works with kids and horses alike.  We are so grateful to have her on our instructing team!

Katrina is a PATH, Intl. certified instructor who previously taught at Miracles in Motion in Swisher, IA.  She worked as an instructor, mentor and program influencer there.  Katrina now trains horses and teaches lessons on her own property but was missing the connection to a therapeutic riding program.  We are so grateful she has chosen to share her incredible knowledge and talent with our barn family!  Her energy and spirit are an unbelievable blessing to our program.

Deb has extensive experience in working with volunteers through her work as the director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program and the AmeriCorps Partners in Learning Program.  She came to Inspiration Stables with her daughter who loves horses.  With her incredible willingness to help, she jumped right in to mentoring with a child the first day she came to the barn!  Her kind spirit, organizational skills and go-getter attitude make her a perfect addition to our team!

Dawn is certified in the Masterson Method and Equine Body Work Specialist as well as a PATH, Intl CTRI.  She has an amazing understanding and connection with the horse that makes her an incredible instructor.  She helps the kids to understand not only riding skills, but also empathy in building a relationship with their horse.  We are so grateful that she shares her passion and talent with us!

Callie has been with Inspiration Stables since the inception of the program.  She began as a mentor working with the children we serve.  From there, she became a horse leader building relationships with our program horses.  Callie is now our Horse Mentor working with our horses weekly for exercise riding, training, health care issues and conditioning.  She has built on her knowledge learned from owning her own horse and competing in 4H by working with our team.  Callie has grown so much in her two years with us!  Her commitment, dedication and true love of the horses makes her an invaluable team member.

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Katrina Picray 

Instructor

Melissa Wolken

Instructor

Dawn Rick 

Instructor

Callie Lynch 

Horse Mentor

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