Sheltered Risk Incorporated/Kamp Kessa, (and its sister company, Cedar Fire Farms, LLC) just became the first (what we would call)
‘equine and forest’ facilitated human development programs in Kentucky to be
recognized by Kentucky Proud. We are
thrilled to see horses and forest facilitation of human development embraced as
something in our state worthy of being proud of. Regardless of the individual
interpretation of what our hospitality with horses entails, at SRI Kamp Kessa and Cedar Fire Farms we are
extremely proud to be seen as offering services that are celebrated publicly as
representative of Kentucky’s common wealth
Dr. Thecla Helmbrecht Howard (Dr. T.), Educator and Health Psychologist and Co-founder of Kamp KESSA, has worked with
unique learners and women in transition for over 30 years. Dr. T. provides the link between Equine and
Human assets while addressing challenges and future goals. She was recognized 2006 Wise Woman of the
Year by HER Magazine for accomplishments.
Anthony H. Howard, M. S., (Mr. H), Co-founder of Kamp KESSA,
teaches approaches to Earth based spirituality, deep ecology, Aikido and
holistic agriculture. When he is not attempting to further the common good
through the provision of workshops, consultations, and social justice advocacy,
he can be found outdoors at Kamp KESSA,
surrounded by children, youth, dogs, horses, and guitars.
Tania Tomani, B.S. Languages, has been serving Latino
communities and special populations for 15 years. She is now Kamp KESSA’s Resident Equine and
Developmental Disabilities Specialist.
James H. Winstead, cook
and youth counselor extraordinaire brings a history of working with
children at risk, positive attitude, and a willingness to go the extra mile.
Mark Vied (Doc) provides a look at what’s possible by combining primitive art skills with mindful
discipline in teaching horses and riders.
Anna Story, B. A. Art brings both visual and domestic arts to
the forefront while providing a nurturing awareness of one’s potential.
Lilly Lee, B.A. English, with 3 years of equine human
development experience provides a realistic approach for participants in
breaking down needed skills into manageable tasks.
Terry Lee, one of our resident musicians, has also taken on the
role of bee keeper and demonstrates a learning spirit uncompromised.
Nathan Arvin, horse trainer and farm maintenance director
provides the skills and consistency required to partner horses with humans
Jennifer Arvin, B.A. brings experience of working with special
needs students as she helps to develop meaningful partnerships with children
Many other Kamp KESSA volunteers bring their gifts to bear: Patrick Howard, LB Baker, Penny and April Moers, Dean Moffett, Wilbur Davis, Leann Sutter, MacKenzie Trost, Jacob Redman, to mention a few.
Our Company Our History, Our
Future: Simple Means Rich Ends. Our motto represents what we have stood
for in the 12 years since our inception. Sheltered Risks
Incorporated's Kamp KESSA program has a rich reputation in Kentucky and
the contiguous states.