History

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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- Recertified as a PAC.


2018- Started serving foster children.


2019- Started the EFL (Equine Facilitated Learning) programs.

Board of Directors

President

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

Vice-President

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 

Secretary

 Susan Gothard has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music from Lake Erie College in Ohio serving as Associate Registrar and the Director of Veteran Affairs. 

Susan has over 60 years of experience in partnering with horses. She has taught riding and horsemanship, competed inhunter-jumper and dressage shows.  She is certified in Experiential Learning with Horses from the Lake Erie College Equestrian Department. Susan was a founding member and Secretary of The Chrysalis Adventure BOD, an ELH program in Ohio.

She says, “I have never had as rewarding of an experience as I’ve had volunteering at Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding Center. I look forward to the honor of serving on its Board of Directors and helping them to continue the amazing services they provide to so many deserving people.”   She can be reached at (404)796-6757. E-mail me

Treasurer

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 

Board Member

Michelle Allen has been an educator for twenty–two years. She earned her National Board Certification in 2001 as an Exceptional Needs Specialist. She has taught third through 8th grade special education and regular education; life, earth and physical science, history, english, journalism, and more. Currently She is an assistant principal at Volcano Vista High School. She has two children and has lived in New Mexico  her entire life.  She loves animals and has been volunteering at Loving Thunder since November 2018.  

Board Member

Tegan VandenBosch a mom of three amazing kiddos, all of whom ride at Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding. Tegan works as a Regulatory Coordinator in cancer clinical trials at the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance. As a horse-lover herself, Tegan enjoys helping out at LTTR when her kids are riding, and spending time with her own beloved retired therapy horse. Tegan also enjoys reading and hiking in her spare time.