Darcy Bedortha, MS, MA
Founder & Director
Equine Specialist – Eagala certified
Darcy has gathered 30 years of experience, research and training in the worlds of education, mental health and horses, bringing that knowledge together to found H.O.R.S.E.S on the Ranch.
Based in Prineville, Oregon with a global lens, her goal is to facilitate healing and growth through partnership with horses. Darcy’s work is grounded in the understanding that people have innate wisdom, and with support, can find their own powerful, unique answers to life’s challenges. Because horses are highly sensitive, offer a non-judgemental presence and a natural ability to facilitate truth, they are ideal partners in healing trauma.
Through her pursuit of both a Masters of Arts in Education and Masters of Science in Education Leadership and Policy, Darcy focused on marginalized populations, alternative pathways to education, and students who are often considered “At Risk”. She studied extensively in democratic, experiential and self-directed education, Restorative Justice, Social-Emotional Learning, addictions counseling, Systems Thinking, community education, leadership and change. As a parent, an educator, and an active community member, she has witnessed the devastating generational impact of substance abuse, and its deep roots in trauma. She has spent the last decade immersed in seeking solutions. Darcy is also a certified SMART Recovery facilitator.
Mental Health Professionals
Robyn Loxley, Mcoun
Mental Health Therapist and Veteran
Robyn received her masters degree in clinical mental health through the Oregon State University-Cascades campus. Post graduation, Robyn has worked within Prineville serving the greater Crook County area in county and private run behavioral health agencies. Robyn has enjoyed working with children and families as well as a focus on LGBTQ+ and Veterans’ issues.
As a mental health therapist and Veteran of the United States Armed Forces Robyn has had the opportunity to work in a wide variety of settings with individuals from diverse back grounds. During this time Robyn witnessed the effects of trauma, loss, substance use and alienation as well as exceptional resilience and she hopes to continue her service with people who find themselves in need of healing and peace.
Robyn enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling, eating all types of food and relaxing with her animals. As an owner of two cats and a rescue dog she knows and has directly benefited from the calm, quiet compassion that animals can bring to humans. Robyn feels blessed as a Prineville community member to give back in this very special way.
Alia Fern, Mcoun
Mental Health Intern and Yoga Teacher
Alia completed her Master’s degree in Counseling through Oregon State University – Cascades in Bend, OR. She specializes in trauma healing, using yoga and somatic awareness in therapeutic settings. Alia is trained in Yoga For Trauma and Resiliency through Sacred Roots Wellness in Asheville, NC and is certified at Level 3 to teach movement, breath, and body work for the treatment of PTSD, depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, etc. through the lens of yoga. She is a certified yoga instructor through and has taught over 850 hours of classes and private lessons.
Alia incorporated these techniques for self-regulation in her internship with Saving Grace in Crook, Jefferson, and Deschutes counties, specifically working with survivors of sexual and domestic violence. Alia has a life-long love and reverence of horses and has herself experienced the beauty and growth of being in relationship with these incredible animals.
Board of Directors
Marcia Hilber has been self-employed in Real Estate for 13 years, and is currently Managing Principal Broker for the Prineville office of Rogue Real Estate Sales and Property Management. She was previously the owner of a retail store, and has an additional 10 years experience in corporate management, including as Manager of the Civil Practice Clinic at the Franklin Pierce Law School in New Hampshire. Marcia received Certification as an Animal Massage and Care Practitioner in 2007, specializing in horses. She currently volunteers as manager of the Prineville Lions Club eyeglass/hearing aid program. She is Mother, Grandmother and a powerful survivor of both sexual and physical abuse.
Angel Williamson has been an RN for 9 years. She currently works as an RN Care Coordinator at Mosaic Medical, a Federally Qualified Health Center, in Prineville, Oregon. Prior to her RN work at Mosaic, she practiced Hospice and Palliative Care nursing with Partners in Care, a nonprofit organization based in Bend, OR.
Before becoming an RN, Angel was actively involved (as an employee and volunteer) in advocating for affordable housing for all and the rights of homeless adults, families and those homeless individuals with chronic mental illness. She has worked as a Youth Conservation Corps Crew leader, rental rights organizer, shelter manager, case manager for homeless families, Domestic Violence Crisis line staff, and founder of a nonprofit organization. Along with her BSN degree; she has a BS in Environmental Policy and Assessment from Western WA University.
Angel grew up in Eastern Washington. During her youth, she was in 4-H and trained and showed her mare, Ellie.
She is committed to the mission of H.O.R.S.E.S and passionate about bringing the program to the Prineville community.
Kathryn is a rancher, writer, artist and happy wife. She graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in Animal Science, married a New Zealander and headed overseas to manage sheep and cattle farms with him. They raised three Kiwi sons and returned to Oregon to be closer to Kathryn’s family. She currently lives just out of Sisters and manages a small cattle and horse property with her husband.
Kathryn has served as a Rotarian, a library volunteer and on various boards and organizations. She owns two mares and is a lifelong horse lover and learner. The work of therapy horses and those who facilitate it is dear to her. She looks forward to using her strengths as a writer and researcher to communicate to the wider community the message of healing and resilience that H.O.R.S.E.S. on the Ranch instills.
Want to work with us?
We are currently seeking board members, mental health professionals and equine specialists. Contact us for info!