9168 T.N. Skiles Rd., Ponder, TX 76259
(940)-479-2016 info@ridingunlimited.org

Our Staff

 

Pat Dellemann – Director
Pat came to RU in 1997 looking to volunteer in the classes working as a horse handler.

Her current responsibilities include making sure there is a place for everything and everything’s in its place. Working with the RU team of instructors, horses and volunteers, her goal is to provide a safe, fun environment where riders with disabilities can find success in the arena and beyond.
Deb Perkins – Barn Manager & Instructor in Training
Deb has a degree in Kinesiology and a minor in health. After 30 years of teaching and coaching, she retired and moved to DFW. She began volunteering at RU in 2005 and became the barn manager in 2008. She is responsible to for the health and welfare of the RU herd. Deb is currently a PATH Instructor in Training with her certification exam scheduled for July 2014. She also owns two horses of her own, a quarter horse named Chloe and a Registered Paint, Moonshine, (who is a semi retired therapy horse for Riding Unlimited.)
 Carrie Mahan – Volunteer Coordinator

Carrie came to RU in August 2016.  She graduated from TWU in 2010 with a degree in Health Studies.  Carrie was introduced to Riding Unlimited through one of our long time volunteers.  She is responsible for coordinating our many wonderful volunteers to ensure that all of our riders can have the most productive and rewarding experience possible.  Carrie is married and has three grown sons.
 Jennifer Mathis – PATH Registered Riding and Driving Instructor, Grant Writer and Development Specialist

 

Jennifer is a PATH Certified Riding and Driving Instructor, CHA Equine Facilities Management Level 4, and a Certified Barefoot Trimmer. She has her Bachelors of Business Administration from University of North Texas. Jennifer is on her seventh year instructing for children and adults with Special needs. She is delighted to be working with the Riding Unlimited staff, horses, volunteers and riders. Her administrative focus is creating scholarships and financial aid for riders through grant writing, fundraising and community partnerships.

Emily Liechty – Instructor Emily is one of the Saturday instructors and a full-time special education inclusion teacher. She graduated from UNT in December 2003 with her undergraduate in Recreation and Leisure Studies with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation. This is when she became aware of therapeutic riding. Emily worked as a volunteer for a summer before she completed her internship and became certified as a riding instructor the fall of 2003. She has worked for two other centers since then, as well as graduating with a Masters in Special Education from UNT in 2008. Emily has two children, who enjoy coming out to the barn, and a loving husband who supports her commitment to the riders, volunteers, and RU.
Joyce Ellis – Office Assistant 

Joyce Ellis, a retired Air Force Office Administrator, has 3 decades of experience managing an office.  Her daughter who is paraplegic was in the Equine Therapy program at RU and Joyce became involved.  She became the Office Assistant in January 1999 and she has been with RU ever since.  Currently she is a member of the Board of Directors.