Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship
Our Staff
We have lots of new and exciting things happening at Mississippi Valley Therapeutic Horsemanship! We have a new Board of Directors, a new Executive Director, and an additional PATH certified instructor to add to our awesome program.

Executive Director
Friends of MVTH, as many of you know, after years of dedicated service as a volunteer, Program Director, and then Executive Director of MVTH, May Ann Mann, resigned her staff position at MVTH at the end of 2016. Hers are very big shoes to fill and we will miss her.

As of June 2017, Jodie Brunke joins us as the new Executive Director. She brings a powerful combination of visionary leadership, people skills, non-profit experience, and business savvy to help the organization grow with operational and fundraising excellence. She brings fresh perspective, new ideas, energy, and motivation to the organization. She will partner with our outstanding Program Director, Varina Luttrull, facility staff, and the "Most Awesome Volunteers" to direct, inspire, grow, and support the organization into its next era of effectively serving children, adults, and families courageously living with disabilities and challenges through the power of therapeutic horsemanship.

To email Jodie directly: executivedirector@ridemvth.org


Program Director
Varina Luttrull has been recently certified as a therapeutic riding instructor! She came to MVTH in October 2011, taking the job of caring for our herd. She still assumes that position and has recently taken on the role of Program Director. In keeping with her many "hats," Varina continues to oversee our conditioning team, known as Team TROT. This team consists of volunteers with horsemanship skills that come together to work out any training issues and help oversee the physical and mental wellbeing between lessons. Varina also now uses Team TROT days and team members to help furtuer train other volunteers in their efforts to improve their skills as horsemen. Varina continues to keep our arena footing beautifully groomed between lessons. Lastly, Varina is a parent of a rider in the program and this makes MVTH very dear to Varina's heart. She probably spends more time than any of us know trying to find ways to help this program continue to grow forward.


To email Varina directly: programdirector@ridemvth.org
Our Board of Directors
President: Kim Scheffer

Vice President: Jim Jost

Treasurer: Gail Kamp

Secretary: Darla Mangels

Members: Lisa Brown, Michelle Simpson, Marilyn Schlosser, Adam Summerlott

To email the board directly: board@ridemvth.org

Instructors
It takes a special person with a real big heart to become an instructor. To become a certified PATH instructor is no walk in the park.  It takes up to a year to finish the grueling certification process.  It begins with two written tests, 25 hours of shadowing and teaching under a certified instructor, and CPR/First Aid certification.  Then off to a PATH approved training facility for a long weekend workshop.  Instructors in training do more classwork, get assigned a class with riders and horses they have never worked with, and are graded on their ability to plan a lesson and instruct the class. They also have to ride a pattern test on a horse they have never ridden. The certification weekend costs over $1,000.00 once you have paid for the class fee of $800 and then add in travel and lodging expenses.  After they have passed all these hurdles and are certified instructors, they take on their own lesson schedule at MVTH.  Instructors have the responsibility of not only designing a lesson plan to fit each individual rider by matching riders with appropriate horses.  They must ensure the safety of riders, horses, and volunteers.  The commitment our instructors make is so very appreciated. A thank you is not enough.  Our program could not be what it is without them.

To email an instructor: instructor@ridemvth.org

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Meet our instructors

Varina Luttrull - Varina has been recently certified as a therapeutic riding instructor! She came to MVTH in October 2011, taking the job of caring for our herd. She still assumes that position and in addition had recently taken on the role of program director. In keeping with her many "hats," Varina continues to oversee our conditioning team, known as Team TROT. This team consists of volunteers with horsemanship skills that come together to work out training issues and help oversee the physical and mental wellbeing between lessons. Varina also now uses Team TROT days and team members to help further train other volunteers in their efforts to improve their skills as horsemen. Varina continues to keep our arena footing beautifully groomed between lessons. Lastly, Varina is a parent of a rider in the program (most of you know Amelia) this makes MVTH very dear to Varina's heart. She probably spends more time than any of us knows trying to find ways to help this program continue moving forward and grow.

Leigh Anne Statler - Leigh Anne has been with MVTH since 2006 and is the Lead Instructor for the program. When Leigh Anne is not here doing lessons or at home taking care of her two boys (Nate and Sammy) she is a teacher of children with special needs in the Perryville School District.  Leigh Anne makes time to trail ride as often as she can and enjoys exploring new trails with friends.  Helping build independence and confidence in our riders at MVTH is one of the biggest rewards Leigh Anne receives from being an instructor.

Tami Tyler - Tami has been with MVTH since 2010 and has been an instructor since 2011. Tami is a wife and mother to 3 boys and a grandmother to 1 grandson.  Tami has a wide variety of experience with working with horses from carriage driving, training, race track, dressage, cutting horses, and showing. Working as an instructor with the program combines both of her passions - horses and kids.

Volunteer Coordinator
We are currently looking for a Volunteer Coordinator. If you are interested, please email us at mvth@ridemvth.org or call us at 573-788-2100