Susan Wellman graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Special Education, and is licensed to teach Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. Susan’s passion involves combining her love for children with her love for the horses. During the past 17 years Susan has been a licensed treatment foster care home for children ages 6-17 who are diagnosed with everything from cognitive disabilities to Attention Deficit Disorder, to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, Conduct Disorder, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. She has been foster mother to more than 37 children since 1987.
Susan has taught Special Education in the local public school district at the elementary and middle school level. Her expertise is in the area of autism, but she loves all children with all levels of ability and designs individualized programs and lessons for the children using her beloved Standardbred horses. There are also other breeds of horses used in day camp programs and lessons, but Susan remains steadfast in her commitment to the Standardbred breed. She feels that their temperament is best-suited to children who have special needs. Susan is available for questions and consultation at email@example.com
Amber is an avid outdoors"wo"man who spends a lot of her time fishing in the summer as well as making time to help with chores Saturdays and Sundays. She grew up on a horse farm in Galesville WI where she helped her family train and raise horses of all breeds and discipline, but her favorite is Barrel Racing and Trail Riding. Amber first arrived to ASAP in 2011 with her mother looking for some extra things to do. They stayed for about a year and Amber took off to Colorado for a few years. Once she came back to Wisconsin she became a regular volunteer again. This time, it was more than just volunteerism. She fell in love with our bay Paint mare Shaggy. They followed each other around the pasture until one day Amber came to us with her adoption paperwork filled out and the rest is history. You will see many updates from Amber and Shaggy on our Facebook Page.
Curt has been a long time volunteer for 4+ years, and also a best friend to Sue. He is out every single day to do the day to day chores such as feeding and watering and putting out hay, all before he has to get to his regular job! Curt is a huge asset to the ASAP community and has always been there when we've needed his help the most!
Cindy has been a volunteer since late 2018, she loved it so much she decided to also foster 5 ASAP horses. Cindy lives close by, so when the volunteers from La Crosse are unable to come, she comes by to assist when needed. Thank you Cindy!
Ray and Alice have fostered many horses and have adopted 10 horses from us over the years. They have helped us Haul horses countless times when there was a need. They are devoted members of the Midwest Distance Driving Association. A major achievement is when K Marcaroni and Alice earned awards for distance drives totaling 1000 Miles. Well done and thank you Ray and Alice for everything you have done for ASAP!
Jenn first came to us over 15 years ago when she donated a horse to our program. After having a young daughter show interest in horses she came to volunteer. Her daughter, Ella, has learned a lot about riding at ASAP and has entered 2 horse shows, and 2 parades so far. She loves coming to help feed the horses once a week with her mom.
Rashelle first came to us in 2015 with her family. She brings many donations of feed and treats for the horses consistently, and she has a favorite horse she loves to spoil named Tanner. (pictured above). Thank you Rashelle for your donations in years past and years to come!