Autumn Trails Stable had been a dream in Angela's heart for several years; however, she did not know where to even begin. She made the commitment to starting the therapeutic riding program in early 2015. Then, she met Angel later that year. The friendship blossomed and Angel became Angela's wing (wo)man. So the plans began. Angela finished her certification in later 2015. ATS then incorporated as a non-profit on January 20, 2016.
The program began holding lesson in April of 2016 with 7 students and most of the volunteers consisted of Angela and Angel's families and board members. At the end of 2016, ATS had served 23 students and had over 30 volunteers! Then, 2017 brought a lot of changes and growth. We served 58 students and grew to over 70 volunteers. We doubled our operating budget and that meant needing to bring more funds in. Through holding several successful fundraisers and the donations of amazing people and companies, we were able to meet our operating budget as well as completing several facility projects like adding the safe and proper footing to the arena.
Moving into 2018, we again have high hopes and big goals! Our focus will be on growing our Ridership Program and adding at least 3 paid staff members to assist ATS in continuing to grow and serve more individuals in Springfield and surrounding areas. We will be working to grow our Horses for Heroes program. There are many facility updates that must happen such as replacing our 15-year-old fence that is starting to fail, adding a new pasture to accommodate the horses, and potentially adding 1-2 more stalls so we can add another horse or two so that we can continue to grow the number of individuals we serve. Once these projects are completed, we hope to start on the big undertaking of fundraising to cover and eventually enclose the riding arena so that weather will no longer dictate our lessons. All of the above will take a lot of hard work, sweat and funds. It takes a village to grow a program like this that can impact the lives of so many. We would love for you to join us this year!
Many do not know but our lesson fees are only 1/4 of what they actually cost us to provide them, so we rely on fundraising, grant writing and individual donations to fund the entire program - the projects above and our operating costs. (Every time we put a student on a horse, we must raise $75-$100). We are so grateful to our donors from 2016 & 2017 and are excited to see what this year brings! Thank YOU from the bottom of our hearts for your support!
Meet Our Staff
Angela Stan Executive Director & Certified Instructor Favorites Breed: Thoroughbred Color: Pink Food: Pasta
Angela is our Executive Director and Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. She completed her certification in 2015 after working as a Barn Manager/Trainer at an organization that provided Hippotherapy. Angela has ridden and shown horses since she was thirteen. She is married to her husband of 8 years, Jacob, and they have 3 fur babies - Maci, Myrtle and Franklin along with the 5 horse babies. Angela graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in Agriculture Communication & minor in Equine Science. She has been a consultant with Mary Kay for 10 years and is a Virtual Assistant to a Mary Kay director. Helping individuals connect with horses is her passion and what she feels is her calling.
Kimberly Kosey Barn Manager & Volunteer Coordinator Favorites Breed: Quarter Horse Color: Crimson Food: Almost anything with sugar
Kimberly is our Volunteer Coordinator. She works to staff our barn and lead our volunteers in learning more about horses and our students’ needs. She graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelor’s in Business Management and brings experience as a summer ranch camp councilor at YMCA camp Kern. Single with three pets, Kimberly joined the ATS family in the summer of 2016 as a volunteer. Though she owns no horse of her own, she loves to spend time with them and dreams of owning one in the future.
Carol Bryant Certified Instructor & HFH Coordinator Favorites Breed: Thoroughbred Color: Brown Food: Curry
Carol is a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and our Horses for Heroes Program Coordinator. She has been riding horses her whole life and currently owns a Thoroughbred, Rita. Carol graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 2015 with two Bachelors of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. She also has a masters in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology. She is an officer and developmental engineer in the United States Air Force, working in the research labs at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Riding other people’s horses are her passions.
Angel is our Barn Manager/Vice President/Angela’s right hand woman/and sometimes all around class clown. Angel’s favorite thing is spending time in the barn with all the “therapists” and driving Angela crazy with all her silly antics. Angel began riding horses at the age of 7 and rode until she was 17. Fortunately, after 25+ years of raising her family of 4 children, Michael, Mindie, Lyndsey, and Cole, she has found her way back to the horse world. Angel has been married to her husband, Brian, for the last 15 years. They are the owners of Jefferson, one of our “therapists” and 3 pups and 2 crazy kitties. Angel currently works part-time in the Emergency Department at Dayton Children’s. One of her goals is to eventually dedicate all her time to the barn. Angel’s passions are being in the barn with the horses as much as possible, camping with her family and driving Angela bonkers!