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.
Jody Nixon joined Pegasus Equine Therapy in May 2014. She is a 1988 graduate of Ohio University and a certified Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) coach with a riding instructor emphasis. Jody has been an instructor for 28 years and is a Level 3 Parelli horse trainer.
Jody has also worked as a Family Advocate, specifically with victims of domestic violence, and is trained in restorative practices.
Recently, Jody was honored with an apprenticeship for the 2015 Eponaquest* Riding Program where she will serve as a small group facilitator, continuing her education in utilizing psychotherapy skills and exercises with horses to assist people in their healing. The founder of this program is Linda Kohanov, author of The Tao of Equus, The Way of the Horse and The Power of the Herd. Jody's goal is to gain advanced knowledge to share with clients while earning the title of Advanced Eponaquest Instructor.
*Epona is the Celtic/Roman Goddess of Horses and Healing
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.
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