Who We Are

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Our Mission and Vision Statements

Our Mission

The Remount Foundation provides active-duty military, veterans, first responders and their families with free equine-assisted therapeutic activities within a healing, natural environment and a supportive community to empower them to heal physically, mentally and spiritually.

Our Vision

The Remount Foundation vision is to provide a powerful, transformative experience through horses, nature and community that helps American Warriors achieve wellness physically, mentally and spiritually, to fulfill their God-given potential to be fathers, mothers and citizens of this great country.
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Meet our founders

Jeanne Springer and Billy Jack Barrett
Remount Foundation grew out of necessity. Jeanne Springer and Billy Jack Barrett were working at the riding stables at the U.S. Air Force Academy with cadets and other military members when they began to realize the horses were helping injured veterans.
Word got out around the Colorado Springs military community and soon wounded combat veterans were calling from all branches of service. Jeanne and Billy Jack have trained horses for decades, with the Remount Foundation culminating as the most fulfilling part of their life work.

Mr Billy Jack Barrett

A legend in the cowboy and horse community and a US Army veteran from the Vietnam era, Mr. Barrett – the last horse buyer for Fort Carson’s 4/12 Cavalry program and over 40 years as the manager of the US Air Force Academy Equestrian Center – noted the healing effect that horses had on combat-wounded veterans. Through his work in the horse industry, Mr. Barrett worked with Audie Murphy (the most decorated US soldier of WWII); General AP Clarke (WWII prisoner of war and former Superintendent of the US Air Force Academy); General Macke Steinhoff (Germany’s leading fighter pilot ace in WWII); and countless other veterans of the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Billy Jack Barrett

Mrs Jeanne Springer

Mrs. Jeanne Springer is a military spouse who served on the US Air Force Academy Equestrian Center staff for 20 years. Mrs. Springer holds a Bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences and trained as a Stephen’s Minister and Leader. Mrs. Springer incorporated elements from the OK Corral Series, Horse Boy Method, and HeartMath® to create the Remount Foundation’s unique, life-saving approach to equine-assisted learning for trauma survivors. Jeanne has more than two decades of experience in equine-assisted therapeutic practice, helping others find the path to hope and healing. The Remount Foundation alumni view Jeanne as an angel on earth with a heart of pure gold and compassion.

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Our Board of Directors

Dr. David Andrews

President

Purple Heart Recipient

Dr. David Andrews is a combat-wounded veteran, retiring from 21 years of active duty after being wounded-in-action in Afghanistan. He is a Wounded Warrior scholar and alumni of the Remount Foundation’s equine assisted learning program. As with many Wounded Warriors, David struggled to recover from his injuries and adjust to life with a permanent disability. David credits the equine assisted learning program with helping him regain his footing and find renewed purpose and direction in his life. With the love and support of his wife and their four children, David has gone on to complete a doctorate and in 2015 was awarded the Secretary of Defense’s Outstanding Department of Defense Civilian Employee with a Disability; living proof that the first steps taken–the first time getting back into the saddle–in equine assisted learning can lead Wounded Warriors to greener pastures of peace and prosperity.

Dr. Earl M. Gaughan

Treasurer

Dr. Earl Gaughan worked in equine veterinary medicine in both private practice and the classroom before joining the Merck Animal Health team as an equine professional services veterinarian in 2013.

Dr. Gaughan received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Georgia, and he completed his equine surgery residency at the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University. Gaughan has published many research articles and book chapters and has been an active lecturer to veterinarians and horse owners.

Terrance D. Beasley

Treasurer

Terrance Beasley retired from the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps after almost three decades of military service. His service included many healthcare administration positions and as a lead specialist trainer at various facilities nationwide and overseas. Assignments included:
  • Chief of Medical Plans and Readiness – Armed Forces Center – Aurora, CO
  • Executive Medical Protocol Officer – Salt Lake City, UT
  • Medical Hospital Administrator – Fort Sheridan, IL
  • Chief of Medical Facilities and Training Programs – Germany

Terrance started his service to others journey by earning a Master of Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. Enlisted with the Louisiana Army National Gaurd in 1993, Terrance received his Commission in the Medical Service Corps in 1998. He spent 23 of his 27 years of service as a certified instructor to military personnel and government civilians on topics such as Active Shooter Training, Ethics, Operational Security, and Information Assurance/Cyber Awareness. His additional key duty positions included Sexual Harassment Sexual Assault Response Coordinator and a Family Readiness Event Coordinator. Terrance also served as the Area Program Coordinator for the Government Travel Card Program and Defense Travel Program Approving Official for the Largest Medical Division in the U.S. Army.

Terrance resides in Monument, CO with his wife Laurie and five children. Terrance’s family proudly refers to themselves as the Beasley Bunch, a fun-loving household that has served as home for nine foster children in various states. The Beasley Bunch enjoys family vacations and volunteering in the community. Terrance has a strong connection with horses and participates in Buffalo Soldier reenactment events to support community awareness and education.

Deanne Ward

General Member

Deanne Ward is the director of MyHope Global, which offers tools and solutions for mental health from a faith-based perspective. Her passion is to impact the lives of others for the cause of Christ. She has traveled to more than 50 countries with this purpose. She has worked with various churches, ministries, and non-profits, establishing and cultivating leadership teams.

Deanne has received more than 42 certifications and licenses with behavioral science and counseling focuses. She received her therapist license from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Along with her therapist license, she has received certifications in the following specialties: Crisis Management, Dealing with Difficult Women, Emotional Intelligence, How to Deal with Unacceptable Behavior, Leadership and Management, Life Coaching, Racial Reconciliation, and many more.

Deanne has been a member of the Association of Christian Counselors since 2002. She is also a member of American Counseling Association since 2014, and a member of Colorado Association of Counselors. She served as Operations Director for Dr. James Dobson Family Institute.

She has served on a number of non-profit boards, including Hope for the Heart, June Hunt’s ministry, the Taya and Chris Kyle Foundation, and many others. She has cultivated key partnerships with several service-to-veterans organizations including: National Center for Healthy Vets, GUMI Camp, Shadow Warrior, and Operation Restore Warriors.

Nicole Roberts

General Member

Remount Foundation is excited to annonce the addition of our newest board member! Watch for her bio to post here soon.
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Mine That Bird Our Mascot

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