“You will not find a friendlier or kinder people than Marisa and Jessie from Spirit’s Promise. They run a clean rescue for so many horses and mini’s, and even a pig! They are wonderful- fun- accepting – welcoming and full of life and love–impossible not to have a wonderful time here.”

Lisa Jill
May 14, 2017

“Our 18-month old loves horses. (She spends a lot of time with her grandma and grandpa’s rescue minis and watches Spirit: Riding Free.  We were excited to take her to In the Spirit of Christmas today for some Christmas fun. What a beautiful place. The people who worked there were all so warm and friendly, and they went out of their way to tell us the individual stories of the animals they’ve rescued. We fed the animals and then went inside. It was our daughter’s first time meeting Santa, and it couldn’t have gone better. We took some photos with him and then sat down to have some cocoa and cookies (which were very delicious). After a few minutes, our daughter rushed back across the room to be with Santa again. This place is very special, and we hope to make this an annual holiday tradition.”

Carrie Salm
December 17, 2017


Cindy Schmidt

Volunteer Educator & Sunday Tour Guide

Cindy Schmidt, our Volunteer Educator and Sunday Tour Guide, came to us in January of 2016 longing to become involved with horses again.

While living in Colorado and during her career traveling as a corporate executive, Cindy managed to carve out time to enjoy western riding lessons. Her Chestnut Mare, “Sunny” would give her a run for the money on the Colorado foothills but she was a joy to ride and Cindy soon became “hooked on horses”.

Along with her business acumen, Cindy taught Junior Achievement for grades one through four and was on the board of the President’s “School to Career Program” at Castle Rock Colorado High School where she was a guest speaker and mentor to students beginning their search for a career.

Cindy recognizes the natural affinity between horses and children as both are curious, “present in the moment” and nonjudgmental. Her high regard for horses and children makes her a valuable member of our team. She is well suited for sharing her knowledge of our horses during her tours of our farm and by educating our young volunteers about the wonder of horses.