Volunteer to help our riders and horses- No Experience Needed- See our Volunteer page
2008 -Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding was established by Mike & Twuana Raupp from a personal need for a supported riding environment for their own disabled daughter. Loving Thunder's mission is to empower and improve the quality of life for people with mental and physical challenges through therapeutic horsemanship, equine assisted activities and educational outreach to all. LTTR currently serves 50 riders per week.
2010 - Loving Thunder became a Non-profit Charity with an IRS determination as a 501 (c)3. Donations to help support the organization are deductible to the extent of the law.
2012- Loving Thunder became a Premier Accredited Center through PATH, Intl. (Professional Assn. of Therapeutic Riding, Intl.) We continue to be the only PAC in the entire state of NM. Accreditation is awarded after site visitors confirm compliance with 165 standards of care including facility care, horse care, volunteer training, records documentation, and staff certification.
2013- Started serving wounded veterans.
2017- Recertifited as a PAC.
2018- Started serving foster children.
Twuana Raupp is the co-founder and the driving force behind Loving Thunder. She also acts as Executive Director and Lead Instructor. Her passion to see everyone be able to ride a horse at whatever level of achievement was the reason she and Mike started and continue to pour their love into the program. She can be reached at 505-554-9493. E-mail me
Loving Thunder's is looking for dedicated Board Members who can help us grow our outreach in the community and ensure sustainability for the future. I you are interested in applying for the Board, Please don't hesitate in e-mailing us
Kelley Allen was born and raised in the Midwest but has called New Mexico home for 30 years. She is an employee at Sandia National Labs and has extensive experience with Non-Profit board participation and development. She started as a Volunteer at Loving Thunder because of her love of horses but quickly decided to help in the management of the organization after seeing the value of this program. E-mail me
Mike Raupp is the co-founder of Loving Thunder and has a passion for helping others who need the special connection with a horse. He is a Registered Path, Intl riding instructor and an Equine Specialists in Mental Health. He can be reached at 505-554-9493. E-mail me
This could be you. Will you be the next star on Loving Thunder's BOD?
Norm Cohen has been a volunteer in a sidewalker and horse leader capacity for 2 years. He joined the BOD in August 2017 and is dedicated to helping the cause in whatever capacity needed. He also has a son with autism and promotes the benefits of Loving Thunder to the community at large.