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About Us

Changing the life course for youth who have endured trauma

Our Story

The passion for doing something to help kids who have experienced trauma came to me while sitting with our new Mustang, Modoc Sojourner (MoJo, see running horse above). The intensity of his trauma was palpable. He was a young wild horse living life with his band in the Modoc Forest of California just a few months before coming to our farm. He had no experience with humans, other than being rounded up by helicopter, processed for adoption and shipped in a semi-truck to the Midwest. Mustangs have intense family bonds, it is literally how a wild horse survives. He was lost without his family without anyone he could trust. After bringing him home, I sat and I sat until finally, he slowly turned his head and looked at me. The feeling of that moment is hard to describe because it was so intense. The patience, work and desire to make that connection made the moment it finally happened more powerful. It is moments like this with horses that have forever changed me.  After years of working with kids with trauma, I experienced the same trust that must be built through patience and acceptance. Youth in foster care have been removed from their home, separated from their families and placed in an unfamiliar setting, not unlike the experience of wild mustangs gathered from the range. This trauma affects our nervous systems and mental health in much the same ways. It is our vision that Harmony IN Horses will provide an environment in which horses and youth affected by trauma will come together to learn, trust, love, communicate and become who God them created to be.

 

Founder, Lisa Condes, MS, CSW

 

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Scott & Mojo, first touch

Founding Board of Directors

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Lori LeRoy, President

Parent by Adoption

Vice President at BioCrossroads and Central Indiana Corporate Partnership

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Tania Ridenour,   Board Member

Mathematics Teacher at the Oaks Academy

Maryanne Hayes,   Board Member

Registered Nurse, Obstetrics 

Meg McNamara,   Board Member

Special Education Teacher

Shon Ridenour,   Board Member

Counselor at Crosswinds Counseling

Scott Condes, Co-founder &  Board Member

Heritage Interactive

Kaylee Garber,   Board Member

Art Therapist

Lisa Condes, Co-founder & Executive Director

Harmony IN Horses 

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Deidra Smith,   Board Member

Foster Parent

2nd Grade Teacher, Zionsville Schools

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Tony Smith,   Board Member

Foster Parent

Deputy Fire Marshal at Brownsburg Fire Territory

Julie Schulte, Secretary

Audiologist 

Guardian ad Litem in the State of Florida

Raquel Ravinet, Treasurer

CEO at Unbridled Enterprises

Annie Knapp,  Vice President

Real Estate Broker at Compass/Carrie Halle Group

Evelyn Guinn, Vice President 

Foster Parent

Program Director at Genesis Preschool

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”― Theodore Roosevelt

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