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Terrell resident Judy Mackey joins therapeutic horseback riding non-profit board

Terrell, Texas, educator Judy Mackey joins the Board of Directors for Jake E's Riding Round Up.
courtesy of Judy Mackey

Retired educator Judy Mackey of Terrell, Texas, believes her years working with children initially helped pull her toward volunteering with Jake E’s Riding Round Up, a Kaufman-based therapeutic horseback riding facility. Judy holds a Bachelors of Science from the University of Alabama and a Masters of Education from Texas A&M Commerce, and finds her more than 30-years working in multiple school districts a great resource when looking at ways to serve the non-profit.

Judy was recently elected to the seven person leadership Board after helping with a grant writing project. She hopes to expand her involvement with the clients of Jake E’s Riding Round Up, and believes joining the Board was a perfect way to broaden her contribution to the organization in a leadership capacity. " I hope to help with more grant writing, and expansion seeking donations. As a Board member I plan to speak to groups about Jake E’s Riding Round Up and the fabulous work being done here."

Jake E's Riding Round Up is a Christian non-profit healing center offering P.E.A.C.E. – People thru Equines Achieving Courage & Empowerment. The Center was established in memory of founder Jana Ewing’s 3-year-old son, Jacob Eli, who died in a tragic, non-equine related accident in April of 2010. The non-profit offers services to a variety of clients in Kaufman, Van Zandt, Smith, Rockwall and Dallas Counties including veterans and at-risk youth as well as elderly and special needs individuals.

"Every life should be valued and each person treated with dignity," says Judy."I have a vested interest in helping further establish the Jake E’s therapeutic programs for veterans because my son is a Marine."

Involved with Jake E’s Riding Round Up for more than a year, Judy's grown daughter Paige Nolan, a Jake E's Riding Instructor, initially introduced her to the Kaufman, Texas-based therapeutic healing center.

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