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KINGSPORT, Tenn. -
The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) is pleased to announce,
Ellen Stroud, co-founder and vice president of Pinnacle Ranch has been elected chair of
the Board of Directors for the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA).
EAGALA is an
international non-profit organization developed to address the need for resources, education and professionalism in the fields
of equine assisted psychotherapy and equine assisted learning, also known as “horse therapy.”
association has set the standard for professional excellence in how horses and humans work together to improve the quality
of life and mental health of individuals, families and groups worldwide.
EAGALA has more than 3,500 members in 38 countries and continues
to grow world-wide.
“Ellen’s commitment to ensuring access to equine assisted therapy and her business, government
and non-profit experience will be a valuable asset as we move forward,” said Lynn Thomas, EAGALA
co-founder and executive director.
Stroud’s company, Pinnacle Ranch provides quality mental
health services, personal growth, learning opportunities and organizational development utilizing equine assisted activities
and the EAGALA Model.
Pinnacle was the 2009 Runner Up for the distinguished KOSBE Award - New
The Northeast Tennessee therapy team consists of a licensed mental health professional
and a trained equine specialist. Working together the team develops and implements treatment goals through specially designed
activities with horses. Clients have a range on mental health needs including but not limited to Autism Spectrum Disorder,
ADHD, depression, anxiety, PTSD, behavioral problems and relationship issues. Holly Hopson is the president of Pinnacle
Stroud has served as a member of the EAGALA board of directors and as its treasurer since 2009. She
is co-founder and vice-president of Pinnacle Ranch and serves as an equine specialist. She is also president of ESI
Strategies which is a government and public relations consulting company.
She holds a bachelor of
arts in political science from Roanoke College and has management experience in private, public and non-profit
organizations. She is a graduate of the Kingsport Leadership Program and her professional and community service
work was recognized by the Tri-Cities Business Journal as a 40 Under 40
award winner in 2008.
Stroud and her husband, Jason Dorfman, reside in Kingsport.
is the intent of KOSBE to be the go-to organization in the Tri-Cities for small business owners and entrepreneurs
who want to start or grow their businesses, by creating and developing the right tools and resources and cultivating the
right partnerships. In partnership with Tennessee Small Business Development Centers (TSBDC) at ETSU, KOSBE
can more effectively serve the needs of entrepreneurs and small businesses. For a complete listing of services, tools and
resources, visit kosbe.org.
The cooperative agreement between KOSBE and East Tennessee State University
is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA’s funding is not an endorsement
of any products, opinions or services. SBA funded programs are extended to the public on a non-discriminatory basis. Additional
funding is provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents and the state of Tennessee.
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At Pinnacle Ranch Horses Help People Deal With Problems
A different kind of business in Kingsport is helping
people deal with their problems and learn about themselves at the same time. Pinnacle Ranch allows people of all ages and
every walk of life to interact with horses. The ranch owners believe that horses are mirror images of the people they interact
with and that gives humans a rare chance to observe their own behavior. The Pinnacle Ranch has helped autistic children, war
veterans and even office workers learn valuable communication skills and the self confidence to cope with life issues.
The Kingsport Area Chamber
of Commerce’s Office of Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) recognized Pinnacle Ranch as one of
the best new businesses started in the past two years.
Reaching the Pinnacle
Source: Kingsport Times News
Pinnacle Ranch was featured in the
Kingsport Times News on Sunday, July 26, 2009. Unfortunately, the article is not available on-line. An exerpt from the artcile:
Bob Larkins, director of juvenille court services for Sullivan County Juvenile Court Division II ...""We are impressed
with the program and some of the things it offered like team-building, working together and trust issues," he explained.
Larkins would like to continue taking juvenille court kids to Pinnacle Ranch. "What we'd like to do, furture wise, is
build that infor our first offender program. let them use that as a means to learn how to stop and think before you make a
decision. Learn to work together with others and learn the process that it's easier to think through problems than to react
and be impulsive," he said.
Pinnacle Ranch offers equine assisted
therapy to veterans who may not be intereste mental difficulties
or willing to get to a standard clinical counseling session. This type of therapy has people work through activities with
horses to discover and correct emotional and ...
Now you can
learn more about what an EAGALA EAP session looks like by watching YouTube.