We had the good fortune of connecting with Beth Godbey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Beth, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
A lot of things went into the creation of Equine Empowerment! Working in the field of equine therapy has always been my passion. I love being a part of a team, and have had the opportunities to work with some amazing equine therapy programs who I learned a great deal from. However, when we moved to rural Colorado I felt that offering this work to my community was important…and Equine Empowerment was born.
Another contributing factor was my family. My husband and I have three kids and also grow hay and raise cows, so having flexibility in my job was important. Being able to develop programming that worked with our busy lives allowed me to have the flexibility for my kids, my ranch work and to also passionately provide services I believe in. Effectively, I saw a need and took action to provide a unique service to help others.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am the founder and director of a non-profit called Equine Empowerment. Locally we provide therapeutic riding and equine assisted counseling. However, a unique direction of my work is the collaborations formed with programs outside of my community.
I work as a facilitator with a program called “Women in Ranching” and also partner with Humble Ranch in Steamboat to facilitate what we call “intensives”, providing 2-3 day programming to different populations. In addition, I have travelled to other horse programs outside of Colorado to provide equine therapy services and to teach others about this work. I enjoy these collaborations immensely, both because it gives me an amazing team of like minded people to dream and create with, but also because it allows for this work is not limited by what I can do locally. It also allows me to pour into deep work at another location and then return home to my family and pour into them.
My biggest challenge is always myself and saying yes to too much! I think it is hard when you love what you do so much, and it is such good work, and I feel like the word “yes” is the one to use! What I have learned is that making sure I take care of myself and my family first, and then pour out of overflow into Equine Empowerment instead of scarcity is the only way to do it. I am still constantly learning how to balance, but find that when I put my needs and my family’s needs before all of the good “yes’s” I could be saying, everything works out better!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
It has been said that the “west slope is the best slope”, so I gotta keep some of my favorite places a secret! I grew up in northern Colorado, and now love what Colorado’s southwest side has to offer. Some of the best local places I like to take our visitors to is the Black Canyon, Ouray Hot Springs, million dollar highway, and… my own backyard! We have so many things going on here at the ranch, baby calves, baby goats, funny turkeys who follow me around, and amazing horses. I have a hard time making myself leave out my own driveway!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have a huge shout out list because I am so grateful for so many people! My husband, Ben, is probably my biggest cheerleader. He understands my passions and supports me on any crazy journey. My friend and co-worker, Cheri Trousil, has been a great mentor for me both in life and in work. Cheri also founded an equine therapy program in a rural community and I am glad that she has navigated this road before me with such honesty and strength as an example for me to follow. My friends and board members believe and support our mission and I love having them in my corner! I would also give a huge shoutout to the riders and clients who I have worked with, they inspire me in deep ways and I learn so much from them. I am thankful that God gave me a focus and drive and an amazing opportunity to do what I love with the animals I love the most.