Our Human Team

Therapeutic Horsemanship

Board of Directors

Our volunteer Board of Directors meets monthly to review the status of horses, classes, finances and other matters. Board members include Front Range Exceptional Equestrians riders, parents of riders, horse professionals and business professionals from various fields. This mix allows us to administer the program with input from all involved. We are currently seeking 1-2 more Board Members to join our Organization.  If you are nterested in joining the Board, you can call us at 970-443-5124 or allow us to contact you by visiting our Contact page.

2020 Board of Directors:
President – Sherry Butler
Treasurer – Mike Doyle
Secretary – Claudia Oberg
Board Members – Janet Enell, Roger Cornett, Sharon Pinsker

Our Staff

Cheryl Hotra

Executive Director


Cheryl left the beaches of Southern California in 2007 to raise her family in the beautiful Front Range of Northern Colorado. Along with her husband, she enjoys parenting two daughters, two horses, two dogs, and three cats. Prior to her role as Executive Director with Front Range Exceptional Equestrians, she owned a small business franchise publishing two local magazines and serving in a leadership role for the organization. Cheryl’s diverse professional background encompasses positions in sales, marketing, advertising, media, public relations, pharmaceutical, and healthcare. She is excited to be part of a meaningful non-profit organization serving those with special needs through equine assisted activities.

Jessie Butler

Program Manager & Certified Instructor (CSU Class Coordinator)


Jessie is a PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) and also holds an instructor certification from the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). Jessie has a degree in Animal Science from Montana State University. She loves teaching so much, she spends her weeks going back and forth between 3 different barns teaching lessons! Each day, she is eager to embrace a new opportunity to learn from her students, horses, and co-workers!

Beth Allman

Rider Coordinator & Certified Instructor (Legacy Class Coordinator)

Mandy Culver

Volunteer Coordinator & Certified Instructor


Mandy is a Northern Colorado native who has always had a passion for working with horses and the community through the avenue of equine assisted activities and therapies. She has been riding horses for as long as she can remember, and started volunteering at therapeutic riding centers at a very young age. She made it her lifelong goal to become a certified therapeutic riding instructor. Mandy graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Equine Sciences in 2016 and received her PATH International Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certificate in August of 2019. In her free time, she enjoys training and competing in horse shows, hiking with her Labrador retriever, Remi, and snowboarding with her husband, Alex.

Jessica Christen

Wellness Program and Certified Instructor


Jessica is a proud Colorado native. She has extensive and wide variety of horse experience including packing and outfitting in the mountains, hunter jumpers, vaulting, training young horses, and even jousting. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2015 with degrees in Equine Science and Sociology and a minor in business administration. She got her certification with PATH later that same year. She’s also a certified wellness coach. She loves being active outdoors to include paddleboarding, bike riding, skiing, camping, hiking, running and playing with her dog Mia.

Sarah Reed

Certified Instructor


Sarah started volunteering at a PATH Therapeutic Riding Center when she was in high school and it changed her life. She loved devoting time to be with the riders, the horses, and the volunteers, so when she went to college she took classes to learn more about equine assisted activities and therapies. Through those classes, she was able to get her PATH Instructor Certification and start teaching therapeutic riding lessons with Front Range Exceptional Equestrians. Her goal is to grow as an instructor and become more involved in the E.A.A.T. industry.