In the spring of 2000, Cathie Perry asked, “I wonder if you can do something with Jesus and horses?” The answer, a two fold vision, was clear. Kaleb, then seven years old, (her special needs nephew by heart) was to receive therapeutic horseback riding and equine Instructors teaching horsemanship to help youth become their peer models … creating Jesus and Kids!
Immediately, Jesus began bringing family and friends that heard the call of “Jesus And Kids Evangelistic Saddle Club". Soon after, a visiting evangelist shared one last item during a church service, “Someone here is being called to Evangelism…Ease…and Divine Appointments.” This confirmed evangelism thru "evangelistic saddle club" resulting in JAKES Club's Mission Statement:
"Reaching children for Jesus one child with one horse at a time through: recreational therapeutic riding, horsemanship and sharing the Holy Bible."
Board of Directors and Advisory Council
Jesus And Kids Evangelistic Saddle Club and the founding families give thanks to the commitment of the volunteer Board of Directors and Advisory Council. Their dedication and hearts desire to serve children with special needs is incomparable. May the Lord bless you!
Meet our Team
Cathie grasped the reins of the Saddle Club Executive Director after first beginning in the Administrative Department and working with Tanya and her horse, Genesis in 2000. In 2001, she began the journey with riding, including: professional instructions with George & Barb in Western, CHA instructions in English, along with other clinics. Her heart was truly filled when the Theraputic Saddle Club evolved to using Bareback Saddles as enrollment grew. Stating, "There is no greater pleasure than riding with the freedom and movement of the horse in a bareback saddle. It enables you to share with the children how to develop their seat or balance at a walk. Encouraging them to reach out and touch, and be touched, by God's special creation the horse!"
Certified Riding Instructor
Jacob's first professional riding lesson, at the age of 9, was given in a western saddle by George and Barb Allen back in the fall of 2000 and he has been stuck ever since! In 2003, he began Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Riding Levels 1 and 2 in both Western and English. He then began accomplishing additional CHA Ground Levels 2 and 3, leading him into JAKES Club Instructors Level. In the Spring of 2014 Jacob traveled to Union, KY where he attended CHA's Certified Riding Instructor five day clinic and testing. Accomplishing his personal goals of Certification and benefiting JAKES Club programs.
Jacob's love of, both, people and horses shines when he is in the arena working with beginning riders. His confidence helps the riders feel safe and willing to try. He truly lives by George's motto, "Safety first and strictly enforced!" His smile and encouragement is not only a joy for his riders but, as the families say, "He is just fun to watch and be with; truly a blessing!"
"But for right now, until that completeness, we have three thngs to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love."
All organizations are built on a solid foundation, but none more so than JAKES Club. Our team of leaders believes, "All things are possible for those who are called according to His purpose." The three founding families joined together in 2000 to minister through therapeutic equine programs, to children with special needs.
Underneath the Lord's leadership nothing is impossible!
Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose."
Joe's heart to serve the children with horses shows through his devotion and pride in everything he does for JAKES Club. Simply drive onto JAKES Club's rented facility and you can tell someone cares. Maintenances for the parking area, children's riding arenas, barn, pastures and horses are well maintained because he offers his time and experience with a happy heart. If you need any help or anything done, all you need is to ask, "Where's Joe?"
"You will never meet a nicer guy then Mike!" is heard often at JAKES Club. His confidence projects peace into any situation and he is always there to help. Mike has many responsibilities and brings smiles to everyone he serves. Of course, his greatest attribute is his love for children and youth with special needs. Through his dedication, he is always making sure JAKES Club stays true to our original goal, "Reaching children for Jesus, one child with one horse at a time."
"Reaching children for Jesus one child with one horse at a time ..."