Pony Tales Refuge

& Rehab, Inc.

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The Pony Tales Crew

Many hearts; One mission

Cindy Prince
(with Kirby)

Executive Director/Co-Founder
Pony Tales Refuge & Rehab, Inc. is the "brainchild" of it's co-founder, Cindy.  In 2013, Cindy was attending law school with aspirations of a long career as an attorney.  Life, however, had other plans for her.  Shortly before taking the baby bar exam, Cindy dislocated her left knee cap on the eve of picking up a one-eyed Arabian now named Kirby.  The next morning, crutches, leg immobilizer and all, Cindy set off to bring him home anyway.  A couple months later, she got the results of the baby bar exam and she had passed with flying colors! Then five days later she received word from her doctor: breast cancer.  She was just 41 years old.  

Cindy spent the next year and a half battling cancer and the devastating side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.  Her life, as well as her family's, was turned completely upside down.  She spent countless days barely able to get out of bed, thinking, dreaming, crying, and misplacing her anger on those caring for her.  When all of a sudden, everything made sense.  Something or someone was telling her that she was on the wrong path.  Her heart had always been with horses.  And suddenly she knew what she was meant to do.  

In 2014, Pony Tales was officially born, she finished treatment, and the rest as they say, is history.

Nate Prince
(with the "wild bunch")

Nate is the co-founder of Pony Tales along with his wife Cindy.  There by her side through the best and worst times of her life.  Nate is not a "horsey" person.  In fact, until the two of them moved into the country, he had never even really been around a horse.  For a wedding present, Cindy gave Nate a pair of donkeys. Which soon led to a horse, and then another, and then another.....  Little did he know at the time how big a part of his life that horses would become.  A mechanic and tow truck operator by trade, Nate is a very busy guy with a heart of gold.  He loves his work and being able to help others in a time of need the best way he knows how.

However, when Cindy began treating, Nate suddenly had to learn a new skill by crash course.  She was, for the most part, unable to care for the equines they owned.  She could give him instructions and pointers, but there was little  more she could do to help.  Between his successful career as a mechanic and tow truck operator, Nate's free time was always very limited.  He spent many nights in sub-zero temps taking out hay and caring for the horses in between 24/7 tow calls and repair work.  All the while caring for Cindy as well.

Nate has been by her side through the best and worst times of her life.  It is of little wonder how supportive he is of Pony Tales and her dreams.

Wade Aspen
(with Penny and daughter Lexi)

Wade has been a close friend to Nate for many years and is always there to lend a helping hand.  Wade grew up with horses and has spent his entire life around them.  He is an honest, hard-working man who does not have time for nonsense, so to speak.  If there is something that needs to be done, he will get it done.  Wade helped Nate out on countless occasions when Nate was tending to the horses and chores in Cindy's absence.  As you can imagine, it can be rather difficult for a husband to say no to his wife, as is the case with Nate and Cindy at times.  He wants her to be happy, but lines need to be drawn when running a non-profit organization.

That is where Wade steps in.  Wade has no problem whatsoever saying no and that is something that Cindy needs to hear.  She greatly respects and appreciates his opinions and does not get offended by his bluntness. Wade is an invaluable asset to the organization in many respects and helps keep emotions and relationships out of the business aspect of things.  It is difficult for an organization to be successful and stay on course when emotions get in the way of logic.  Wade, quite simply, keeps things on track.

With Wade on board, Pony Tales had a solid start to get off the ground and on the right foot from the get go.  We could not do it without him. 

More of the Crew

All hands on deck!

Penny Snyder
(with Samantha)

Penny is a long time friend of Nate and Cindy. She's a hard-working woman raising 3 fabulous boys.  Penny lost her mom at a young age and spent the next few years helping her father on the farm and helping to raise her younger brother.  Tragically, her brother was killed in a freak swimming accident at just 18 years of age. Penny knows all too well the heartache and pain of loss and would often turn to her horses for comfort.  

Like Wade, Penny is very down to earth with little time for nonsense. She has a lot on her plate, so there is no time for messing around. Penny is always there to lend a hand and has passed this wonderful trait on to her boys, who you will always see working hard at one of our events.  Penny believes in a hard day's work, often working at least two jobs, and has no problem getting her hands dirty.  Penny has a great mind for fundraising ideas and is very highly thought of and well-respected in our community.

Penny currently does not have any horses of her own, but she plans to get a couple again once her boys are grown and done with school.  For now, Penny raises a few beef cattle of her own and concentrates on raising her boys. 

Ann Laramy
(with her pup)

Ann, or "Wifey" as she is lovingly called, has been a huge supporter of Pony Tales from it's inception.  An animal lover with a heart of gold, Wifey is always a voice for the voiceless.  She is a devoted wife, mother and grandmother as well.  Her husband Kyle, is often by her side and assisting during our events.  He too, is an animal lover and supports her beliefs and generosity and passion to help animals in need in whatever way she can.

Wifey is an avid bowler and her specialty is organizing the annual Bowling and Bingo fundraising event.  See the Upcoming Events page for details.  In addition, Wifey is a Finance Analyst, an Adjunct Professor, and an Income Tax Analyst.  Her financial expertise and passion for animals makes her perfect for the position of Secretary and Treasurer for Pony Tales.  You may also recognize her as the voice at the annual Trainer's Challenge keeping everyone informed about the horses, the trainers, and everything they have been through together.

Wifey currently does not have any horses of her own.  As the mother of two very successful girls and now a grandmother as well, Wifey spends most of her free time with her human and canine family.