Our HORSES are the true stars of Horses of Hope/Caballos de Esperanza Inc. They are specifically chosen and trained to be safe, capable, therapy partners. Our horses connect to our riders through unspoken trust and understanding. They are more than just training and therapy horses; they are family.
Our team also includes amazing volunteers and staff. All have expertise, training, and total dedication to making the experience for each client a journey of hope, healing and empowerment.
Executive Director, Elaine Cosby, holds PATH Int'l certifications as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor (TRI), Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL), and a nationally certified speech language pathologist (SLP). She has been working as an SLP for 22 years (specializing in animal-assisted therapy and trauma therapy), working with horses for more than a decade, and training in the field of hippotherapy and equine-assisted activities for the past six years.
Equine Manager, Marie Ramos, has been working with horses her whole life and owned and ran a training facility in Washington State before moving to Puerto Rico 7 years ago. She has experience in horse health, nutrition, training and equine facility management.
Facilities Maintenance and Repair Guy, John Cosby, has more than a decade of experience building and maintaining fences, corrals, tack rooms, water and electrical systems, and horse-safe gates and pastures. He and his wife, Elaine have lived in Isabela for 13 years and are former owners of Ola Lola's Garden Bar and Restaurant.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Our board members bring experience and knowledge in a wide range of disabilities and therapies, facilities management, accounting, customer relations, online marketing and site maintenance, horse ownership and equine health education, trauma therapy, veterans' concerns, and connection to the community. All are 100% committed to creating a facility and organization that brings hope and healing through horses to northwest Puerto Rico.
President - Hector Prieto
Vice President - Shane Robbins
Secretary - Sandra Ivette Bravo
Treasurer - Heather Fernandez
Member-at-Large - Chrissy Laughlin
Member - Kate Malavenda