Liz Illick


Liz is a Colorado native who grew up in the Denver suburbs and has called the Roaring Fork Valley home since 2018. Before that, she spent more than a decade in the Washington, DC area developing mental health programs for members of the military, veterans, and their families with the American Red Cross. This ultimately led her to earn her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University.

Liz has experienced first-hand the healing power of horses. She fell in love with riding in her mid-twenties after some difficult times and through that, she discovered the incredible bond and partnership working with horses creates. The intuitive nature along with their distinct personalities, attitudes, and moods allow for growth and discovery.

Liz also provides talk therapy and play therapy in private practice in Glenwood Springs. She provides kids and adults with a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment to explore and address life’s challenges. Her expertise includes trauma and attachment, stress and anxiety, depression, grief and loss, LGBTQ issues, eating disorders, poor self-esteem, and relationship and family conflict.

Liz Illick is certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (Eagala). She adheres to the Eagala model and ethical standards.

Eagala Certified Mental Health Specialist

Eagala Certified Equine Specialist

Katy Parr

Certified Equine Specialist

Katy grew up in Oklahoma City, OK. At the age of 5 she started riding horses, and at the age of 8 started showing. That was the start of a long love affair with American Saddlebreds.

Katy’s family visited Crested Butte since 1985, and in 2004 she made the move west to be in the mountains of Crested Butte. In 2006, she moved to the Roaring Fork Valley to finish her education at Colorado Mountain College Vet Tech program.

During her time at CMC, she discovered a passion for therapeutic riding and started volunteering at a local therapeutic riding program. This eventually lead to a part time job there where she was introduced to the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (Eagala) Model of equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning. She fell in love with the model and became certified as an equine specialist in 2015.

Eagala Certified Equine Specialist