Kay Alexander

Owner of Pegasus Equine Therapy, Kay Alexander, lives with her husband, Ben, on their Alexander Ranch in Southwestern Colorado. Located outside the City of Montrose, Kay is realizing her desire to integrate her professional life with her love for horses.

Kay holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin. She is a Colorado Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Level II EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) provider. Kay is a former Colorado State Representative from House District 58 which included six counties in Western Colorado.

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Kay’s career has been focused on providing child protective services, mental health and family therapy and serving as a child advocate. In addition, she has provided counseling to hospital trauma patients and worked with employee assistance programs of major corporations, counseling employees and providing trainings in stress management, communication skills and team building. Kay has lectured for the Department of Social Work program at Colorado Mesa University (CMU)/Montrose Campus and is Vice-Chair of the Montrose Advisory Council for CMU/Montrose. She is a member of the Child Abuse Prevention Initiative/Dolphin House Child Advocacy Center.

Kay’s passion for horses earlier in her life involved competitive activities in hunter/jumper, dressage and eventing. Later riding her horses on the ranch, herding cattle and trail riding, Kay began to visualize a more interactive relationship with horses through equine designed programs for those in need of mental health and physical therapy. Kay traveled and studied various programs around the country and decided to become a certified equine therapy provider. Upon receiving her Level II EAGALA certification, Kay incorporated Pegasus Equine Therapy in the Spring of 2014.

In 2015, the Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Social Work (NASWCO) honored Kay with a Lifetime Achievement Award for her many contributions to Colorado and her profession.

 

Jenna Wilson

Returning to Colorado has been a dream for Jenna Wilson for a number of years. She has recently relocated from Tucson, Arizona to fulfill that dream. Jenna first graduated with a dual Associates degree in Arts and Science from Cottey College, a women’s college in Nevada, Missouri. She then attended Colorado State University to accomplish a Bachelors Degree in Animal Sciences. Jenna then decided to return to school to combine her two passions, horses and people. She completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the Arizona State University and is currently in her final internship needed to achieve a Masters of Mental Health Counseling at Capella University.

Professionally, Jenna has worked in positions of leadership and assisting people in reaching personal goals. While managing a large horse boarding facility in Tucson, Arizona, she discovered the desire to work with individuals that were experiencing difficulties in their lives. She began to work with adolescents at the stables that were struggling with self-esteem, boundaries and trauma. This ignited the desire to develop counseling skills and return to school to focus on her education. Jenna received her Eagala Certification in the Summer of 2018.

Animals have been a big part of Jenna’s life from the very beginning. Her passion blossomed through 4H and raising lambs. In college she found a way to incorporate her passion for horses into her life. This was the beginning of a life long journey to find a career that she could work with both horses and people. Jenna now enjoys spending time with her daughter watching her pursue her own passion for animals while Jenna follows her dream of becoming an Equine Assisted Psychotherapist. Jenna also aspires to develop a program from at risk teen girls utilizing equine assisted therapy.

 

Ellen Kersen

Ellen lives on a small farm just outside the city of Montrose CO with her husband, daughter, three dogs, and two horses. Her son has recently graduated from high school and is now working and attending college in Denver. She has worked as a social worker for over fourteen years and is proud to be a part of the team at Pegasus Equine Therapy.

Ellen holds a Master’s degree in social work from Arizona State University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Colorado.

As an LCSW, Ellen’s career has focused primarily on providing solution-focused therapy in a variety of healthcare settings. Her career began in an acute care hospital in Arizona where she provided crisis intervention, support, and discharge planning. She has worked for home health care agencies where she was able to provide assistance and support to those living with medical and mental health issues. Since 2014, Ellen has worked for Volunteers of America’s Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) in Montrose. In this position, she works with those aged 55 and older to promote mental wellbeing and successfully embrace the aging process.  Ellen has excellent relationship building skills, is empathetic, and a compassionate listener.

Ellen’s passion for horses began at age thirteen when she started taking riding lessons and participated in competitions. Since that time, she has kept her interest alive by riding for pleasure, introducing her daughter to the tangible rewards one gets from working with horses, and sharing the passion with others. Ellen has seen firsthand the therapeutic power of the human/equine relationship and how it can influence any person on their journey to healing.

 

Alexander Ranch

The Alexander Ranch is home to Kay and her husband Ben. Pegasus Equine Therapy, on their 11-acre Alexander Ranch, is located in Montrose County in Southwest Colorado. In this extraordinarily beautiful area of Colorado, you will find the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and the Gunnison Gorge National Recreation & Wilderness Areas. Located not far from the San Juan Mountains, the Alexander Ranch is part of the rolling hills and agricultural lands just outside the City of Montrose. The Montrose area is easily accessible by air with daily flights to and from Denver, CO and Phoenix, AZ (Montrose Regional Airport). Ground transportation from Grand Junction, CO to Montrose is along US 50 from the north and to the south, Durango along US 550 over scenic Red Mountain Pass. The Alexander Ranch is a short drive from downtown Montrose.

Accommodations and interesting information about the Montrose area can be found by going here to the Colorado Come to Life website.