Board of Trustees

Current members of the Therapeutic Horsemanship Board of Trustees are:

  • Dr. Linda Buhr, Chairman
  • Scott Dolan,Vice Chairman
  • Scott Hoffmann, CPA, Treasurer
  • Debbie Strobach, PT, Secretary
  • Nile Ramsbottom, Past Chairman, Ex-Officio Member

  • Teresa Dunn
  • Sandra Huebner
  • Kathleen Kehoe
  • Carol Krekeler
  • Bob Mochel
  • Dr. Dawn Mrad, D.V.M
  • Jimmy Pool
  • Mark Sanders
  • Cookie Stude

Our Mission


The mission of the TREE House of Greater St. Louis is to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families through therapy, recreation, education, and exploration.

To see first-hand how we are positively impacting more than 250 children and adults with disabilities in our community each year, please take a few minutes to watch the video below.

Our History

Therapeutic Horsemanship is the legacy of a visionary commitment from three extraordinary St. Louis women – Susie Duesinger, Sandy Rafferty and Laura Carpenter Balding – who began the program in 1975 because they believed in the benefit of equine-assisted therapy for children with disabilities.

The organization has accomplished much over its 39-year history − growing from five riders the first year to now serving more than 250 individuals annually.  During the early years, Therapeutic Horsemanship leased several different sites, including Three Creek Farms in St. Charles County and Wessel Stables in Weldon Spring. In 2005, the organization moved into its current facility, which is situated on 88 acres in Wentzville, Missouri.

In 2014, Therapeutic Horsemanship officially changed its name to the TREE House of Greater St. Louis.  TREE stands for therapy, recreation, education and exploration – the four main branches of the TREE House. Our goal is to expand program and services in these four areas to fill the current gap of services and recreational activities in the greater St. Louis area for children, adults, and veterans with disabilities. Our therapeutic riding program will remain the cornerstone for all future expansion.  

The first video below was created on our 35th anniversary and explains the history and development of Therapeutic Horsemanship and describes how what we do changes the lives of so many children and adults with disabilities each year. The second video explains the new vision for the organization that was publicly unveiled at our November 2012 Gala.

Below is the video regarding the new vision for the organization unveiled at the November 2012 Gala.

Read about our recent history and accomplishments:

Click here to download and read our 2012 Annual Report (.pdf).

Click here to download and read our 2011 Annual Report (.pdf).