About Us

Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. The members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the funds raised directly affect those in need.

Our staff has a strong commitment to serving the many constituents of our organization. But first and foremost, they focus their energies on those who take the opportunities to utilize our programs and services.

  • Founder
    Horses for Warriors Program Director
    Director Emeritus
    Instructor

    Larry Barnett is the founder of REACH Therapeutic Riding Center which began operation in the fall of 2007. He is now Executive Director Emeritus and was responsible for starting the Equine Service for Heroes program, also known as Horses for Warriors. He has been working in the therapeutic riding industry for 14 years. In 2004 he became certified as a therapeutic riding instructor by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, (PATH) International. He worked as a volunteer and a riding instructor at two other therapeutic riding centers in central Texas before starting REACH. Larry is a retired USAF Officer, combat veteran, and ex-fighter pilot. He has made many presentations to educational, religious, military, business, and community service organizations in the Waco, Texas area for several years. His goal is to help the community understand the viable benefits of therapeutic riding for special needs children and adults. He holds an AAS in Financial Accounting, a BBA in Marketing and an MBA in Aviation/Airway Management and Operations.

  • Executive Director
    Instructor

    Kristin is a life-long Wacoan and horse-lover. She has been a member of the REACH family since the fall of 2008, initially as a volunteer and went on to become a PATH Intl. certified therapeutic riding instructor. Kristin became Volunteer Coordinator at REACH in 2009 and served through 2010. She has continued to teach part-time at REACH while managing a successful real estate business.
    Kristin is very active in the Waco community and loves to volunteer with organizations that make our community thrive. Kristin serves on the American Heart Association Advisory Board, is a member of the Junior League of Waco, and is currently working on the Revive the SuperSlide committee.
    When not at the barn, Kristin can be found on the lake, traveling to far-away places, riding horses or walking her German Shepherd.

  • Volunteer Director

    Shannon started as a volunteer here in 2012. Her love of horses and desire to help others made volunteering at REACH Therapeutic Riding Center the perfect fit. Shannon is a native of Waco. She rode Hunter/Jumper and Cutting Horses competitively until 2002 when she decided to devote her time exclusively to raising her children. Now that her children are all in school, she is ready to take on a larger role here at REACH. She has been married to Rod for 9 years and together they have 5 children and 3 dogs.

  • Program Director
    Instructor

    Since graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Youth and Family Ministry in 2010, Krystin moved to Texas to pursue a career in Therapeutic Horseback Riding. She volunteered at REACH for a few months before accepting the job as barn assistant and being mentored to become a certified therapeutic riding instructor. After completing the necessary coursework, she passed her instructor certification and became a licensed Therapeutic Riding Instructor in 2011 and has been with REACH ever since.
    Krystin and her husband Kyle have one boy and are expecting to have another baby in December 2017. Krystin has been accepted into the physical therapy assistant program at MCC and is expected to attend in the fall of 2018.

  • Emily Mosher, LMSW
    Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
    Instructor

    Like most horse lovers, Emily’s passion for horses began at a very young age. She started taking Hunter/Jumper lessons and competing in shows when she was 8 years old and received her first horse, George (pictured above), at the age of 12. She also is a student of Parelli Natural Horsemanship and lately has taken an interest in dressage. In 2017, she graduated with her Master of Social Work and Master of Divinity degrees from Baylor University and Truett Seminary. As a PATH certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, she is excited to be able to offer Equine Assisted Counseling services and see the amazing changes that horses can inspire in people in order to bring a new level of health and happiness to their lives. Emily also earned her certification as a PATH instructor in 2016. She is thrilled to be working at a place where she can combine her love for horses with her desire to help people.

  • Veteran Program Director
    Marketing Director

    Barbara holds a BA in art and lives in Waco on the McLennan Community College Highlander Ranch with her husband, Ron, four dogs, five horses, two goats and a donkey. For the past 30 years she has worked in advertising, marketing, public relations, and graphic design.

    Barbara received her first riding instructor certification from the Certified Horsemanship Association in 2008. In 2009 she received her PATH Intl. therapeutic riding instructor certification. She has been volunteering in the therapeutic riding industry for years. She became REACH Program Director in 2010, and was appointed Executive Director in January 2014.

    Barbara and Ron have a plethora of grandchildren and the list keeps growing. When not at the center, Barbara enjoys riding her horse, traveling, gardening and reading.

  • Instructor
    Equine Coordinator

  • Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
    Certified Instructor

    Kelly grew up around horses and has been around them most of her life. Her father was a A.Q.H.A. judge and they both trained and showed Quarter Horses.
    Kelly earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Tarleton State University in 1986 and became a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in 1990 and began working with chemically dependent youth.
    In 1993 she and her family moved to Waco where she began working as a Juvenile Probation Officer. Additionally, Kelly has worked as a Drug Court Officer for McLennan County and is currently a member of the Texas Gang Task Force. She is also a member of the Heart of Texas Human Trafficking Coalition.
    Kelly began as a volunteer at R.E.A.C.H. in December of 2015. In April of 2016, she became certified as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning and became a P.A.T.H. certified Instructor in the summer of 2017.
    Kelly works with our veterans program on Tuesday nights along with her husband John who also is a volunteer.

  • Charity Martin

    Barn Assistant

  • Josh Stewart

    Barn Assistant