Twuana is our Co-Founder, Executive Director, Lead Instructor, and Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning. She is a Registered PATH Intl instructor with a passion for horses and individuals with special needs. She stumbled onto the concept of Therapeutic Riding while she was a 4H leader for the Sandoval StarBucks 4H Club. She
Twuana is our Co-Founder, Executive Director, Lead Instructor, and Equine Specialist in Mental Health & Learning. She is a Registered PATH Intl instructor with a passion for horses and individuals with special needs. She stumbled onto the concept of Therapeutic Riding while she was a 4H leader for the Sandoval StarBucks 4H Club. She is the mother of a special needs daughter with developmental delays and Autism. Her search for Equine services for her own daughter made her realize that there are not enough providers and especially ones who truly understand the goals of a parent with special needs children. So in 2008, she got to work becoming certified, forming a non profit, and providing services for families of New Mexico. She makes certain that Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding is a program about the riders, not what is convenient for the instructor or volunteers. She strives to make certain that each rider is treated as an individual and is challenged to do as much as they can to become an accomplished horseman.
Calle recently moved to Albuquerque from Texas and has been a PATH certified instructor for 9 years. Calle earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University (“whoop!”) and her Master’s in Public Administration from Sam Houston State University and has been around horses for 19 years. She is passionate about making a differ
Calle recently moved to Albuquerque from Texas and has been a PATH certified instructor for 9 years. Calle earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University (“whoop!”) and her Master’s in Public Administration from Sam Houston State University and has been around horses for 19 years. She is passionate about making a difference in her community by helping others. She has her own company helping community Non-Profit organizations with their efforts to fill the gaps of society. She loves reading books from her personal library, enjoying the outdoors and drinking coffee (sometimes simultaneously).
Calle has an amazing connection with the riders and horses. She is able to see the smallest improvement in skills. She encourages each and every rider to achieve their very best. Please join Twuana, Mike, and the entire herd in giving Calle a warm welcome to Loving Thunder. We are excited to have you here Calle!
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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