Our Licensed Horse Specialists

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Shannon Birkelbach is a graduate of Texas A&M with a degree in accounting but is truly an entrepreneur at heart.  Her love of horses has led her to find a way of living her dream of having a successful business that includes her passion for horses.  She is excited that her horses can help teach others some of the many things they have taught her.

Parelli Official Level 2 graduate
EAGALA and OK Corral horse specialist
Hands That Heal Certified

Email  shannon@fivehorses.com

Phone   713-203-6115

Instructor/Equine Specialist

Lisa Patke has a passion for serving, giving, and learning as well as a long-time love of horses.  That combination has guided her to EAP, EAL, and Natural Horsemanship.  She has volunteered with Self-Improvement Through Riding Education (SIRE) , a therapeutic equestrian center, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.   Lisa hopes to share her passions in the arena and make a difference in the lives of others—physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

Certification:  OK Corral (EAP/EAL)

Email  lisa@fivehorses.com

Equine Specialist

Jeni Fleck has been a teacher for 16 years, preschool through 5th grade. She is currently teaching first grade in the Cy- Fair School District. She has 3 boys, ages 14-19.

Jeni grew up in Colorado where she rode on a drill team for 5 years as a teenager.  She was away from horses for many years due to school and raising her family. In the past 9 years she has returned to riding, attending seminars on Natural Horsemanship and Equine Assisted Therapy/Learning.  She also bought her own horse in 2011!

Certification:  OK Corral (EAP/EAL)

Email  jeni@fivehorses.com

Equine Specialist

Margaret Bear has been teaching students with special needs for 11 years. She currently teaches sixth grade thru eighth grade in Klein ISD. She has three children ages 21, 12, and 9.

 Margaret’s passion for horses started at the age of 10 after starting riding lessons in Spain. She moved to United States when she was 12 and continued riding friend’s horses for pleasure whenever the chance appeared. After many years away from horses, when her daughters were old enough, she introduced her daughters to horse therapy.  During this process she fell in love with a black and white paint and had her dream of horse ownership come true in 2010!  Margaret also spent several summers volunteering at SIRE to assist others and to be in the presence of horses.

Her passion is with helping others, being around horses, and life time learning. With the encouragement of Shannon, Margaret became certified in EAP and EAL. She continues to acquire more learning in Natural Horsemanship to further her knowledge of horses and communication.

Certifications:  Ok Corral

Email  margaret@fivehorses.com

Equine Specialist

Kathryn Vernon is a horse specialist that loves teaching kids.  She has experience as a nanny as well as coaching in the area of swim lessons.   She is currently studying to receive her license as a professional counselor at Texas A&M University.

Certification:  OK Corral (EAP/EAL)

Email  kathryn@fivehorses.com

Equine Specialist

Jordan is part of the schooling team that makes sure the horses are a happy and healthy part of the team

Email  jordan@fivehorses.com

Horse and Barn Manager

Schooling Team Member