The Journey

For I know the plans I have for you… plans to give you hope and a future.
- Jeremiah 29

IMG_526791379719534Every character trait out their finds its way into the horsemanship experience.  A horse can teach a girl courage, a boy patience.  It can let someone who is challenged experience something they may have never dreamed of.  “For God, Family and the Horse has been the motto of Rick and Claire Schemel throughout their years of raising, praising and loving horses.   Rick and Claire have both enjoyed working with people and serving others unselfishly.  In 2012 the Schemel’s built the outdoor Los Amigos Arena for the community and began an equestrian 4-H Club.  Helping others become better riders and owners of horses has always been very rewarding to them.  They have both enjoyed and appreciated this great noble animal all of their lives and sharing their knowledge with others is part of their legacy.  Because of their continuous generosity, people of all ages, of all abilities, now have a chance to learn, grow and heal, because of them; the most knowledgeable horseman and woman around.   In 2013, Rick & Claire Schemel, family and friends, formed the Hope Therapeutic Horsemanship Center, Inc.


Rick and cliare at West Point

We feel very blessed to have the opportunity to serve others.  Our mission is to make people happy through horses.  Combining the contentment and abilities of one of God’s noble creatures– the horse– with someone who may never have had the opportunity to experience it before is the greatest work of life.

Rick & Claire Schemel

Where there is discord, may we bring harmony.  Where there is error, may we bring truth.  Where these is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring Hope.

~ St. Francis of Assisi


   Founded in 2013, the Hope Therapeutic Horsemanship Center, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.