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DreamCatchers Executive Director Jodi Freeman

Who We Are

The Humans

Jodi Freeman, Executive Director and Program Manager

I have been a lifelong horse lover, and have always felt an amazing connection to the majestic animals. I grew up spending a lot of time on my grandparents’ farm, hanging with Grandpa’s farm horses. I have a core memory of crawling under the barbwire when I was about 3 or 4 and sitting with them. I feel deeply that I knew then that horses were something more than a tool for the farm. When I was around 7 years old, Grandpa bought us grandkids a Shetland pony and promised me a foal out of his mare when I learned how to handle the (very stereotypical) Shetland – one of his many life lessons. After 3 years of “ponying”, he had his mare bred and the foal was MINE! I tragically lost her after only 8 short years, and I thought my horse dreams ended. Fast forward to 2017 – after volunteering at a rescue, becoming a horse owner again and watching my own daughters grow and thrive emotionally in partnership with their horses, I had a dream where my Grandpa told me my horses were a gift and I needed to share them. Because of that dream and the knowledge that horses support humans in a very emotionally powerful way, I founded DreamCatchers in 2018.

I have always had a heart for helping others, and have been the "counselor" to many friends, family and students over the years.  I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services Administration, and a Master of Public Administration.  As a Certified Peer Support Specialist, I have the tools and knowledge to provide emotional support in a different "arena" than many other equine-based programs. Additionally, I am currently a student in the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method
program becoming certified as an Equine Gestaltist, by Melisa Pearce and Touched by a Horse, and will be adding this incredible method to our lineup in the summer of 2024.

Board of Directors:

Kylah Finch, President - Aurora, CO

Shane Freeman, Vice President - Lincoln,  NE

Madison Hall, Secretary - Lincoln, NE

Janet Busse - St. Paul, NE

Addison Chloupek - Lincoln, NE

Shannon Hanke - Lincoln, NE

The Horses

Skeeter is a 20 year old

Quarter Horse Gelding who is a

major emotional "truth detector".

He loves bringing out the best in his clients through his amazing ability to sense our emotions and gently encourage us to focus on the here and now.

Horse with people sitting on the ground

Seeker is a 29 year old Quarter Horse mare. She spent most of her life as a "games" horse - going fast and winning prizes. As she has entered the winter of her life, she has slowed down, and has become a great coach for teens learning the ins and outs of caring for these majestic creatures.

Horse in Sunset
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