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Executive Director       Joy E. Ferguson, M. Agr

Assistant Director        Martha Hernandez

Stable Supervisor         Jo Ann Briggs

Horse Specialist          Kelly Jakubowski

Instructor                    Alejandra Garcia, LMSW

Instructor                    David Scott

Director of Therapy       Kristin Kass, COTA

Licensed Professional  Bernadette Piña, LPC


UTEP MSW Intern       Daniel Munoz

UTEP MSW Intern       Penelope Vega

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Our Horses 

Our horses are carefully selected for their temperament and personality.  We believe there is an equine partner for every person who comes to our barn that they can relate to, and bond with.

Horse drawings courtesy of Pam Vigo



2020 Equine of the Year

Region 8


Registered Arabian, 28 years old. Experienced endurance racer, have dressage training, and show experience. I have been a therapy horse since 2008.


Registered Paint, 24 years old.  Have been shown in Western Pleasure, Western Equitation, Halter, and Gymkhana events. I am the most social of the herd and a curious trail horse.

Belle ~ Retired

I am a 32 year old Quarter horse. I have lots of experience being in Gymkhanas and really like to barrel race! I became a therapy horse and enjoy being around all of the friendly people. 


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Coming from Colorado as a buggy horse, I am getting used to the sights and sounds of West Texas and Southern NM. I am a 9 year old friendly Friesian/Race pony and look forward to becoming a great therapy horse for people who would like to learn to drive a buggy, ride or just spend quiet times with me.

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I am a 10 year old grade quarter horse and have worked as a reliable ranch hand and trail horse.  Since becoming part of the therapy horse herd at Compadres Therapy, Inc., I am learning all the different ways that I can help people and like the way people talk back to me when I nicker at them.


Registered American Mustang, 22 years old. Educated with the Natural Horsemanship method and have competed in endurance racing.  I am a sure footed and reliable trail horse.


I am a 18 year old Percheron mare and lived in northern New Mexico before coming to the El Paso area a few years ago.  I am very friendly and curious and really love being with people.  I’ve taught many youngsters how to ride and get along well with the other horses - even though I am the tallest of the bunch standing over 18 hands!






I am a 20 year old Tennessee Walker gelding.  I came from NM where I carried many riders on pack trip adventures in the Gila Wilderness.  I recently retired to become a therapy horse. 




I am a 23 year old Ranch bred registered quarter horse and have experience showing in Ranch Horse classes.  Recently I have discovered the therapy environment and am enjoying my new job working with all of the participants.  I still look forward to a trail ride every now and then, especially in the desert.




Paint, 24 years old.  I am quite social and sure like to have fun.  I really enjoy making people laugh to forget their troubles.  A long trail ride in the desert is a great adventure but I don’t mind the trails in the valley, too.  I particularly like to help out with the summer camps where everyone is having a good time. 




Miss Tella 

I am a 28 year old registered quarter horse and most recently worked on a ranch near Deming NM.  I am enjoying my new career helping all kinds of people in the therapeutic environment but I especially enjoy seeing the delight of the little children. 


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Gypsy Vanner Quarter horse cross, 24 years old.  I came from NM, where I carried many riders on adventurous pack trips in the Gila Wilderness until I retired to become a therapy horse.



I am a 9 year old Quarter horse and used to live in Taos, NM.  I am really looking forward to learning how to be a therapy horse!



I also came from Taos, NM. I am 15 years old and am Willow’s sire.  Meeting all of the people at Compadres Therapy is something I enjoy and am looking forward to continuing to learn about being a therapy horse.  I have even been in a movie!

 Lea Whitis             President                     

 Jackie Nunez        Secretary

 Cori Leach            Treasurer            

​ Shelley Yonker      General Member

 Suzanne Pindar    General Member

Board of Directors 

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