Amy Gayhart graduated from Howard Payne University with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art, Communications and Education. During her time at Howard Payne she served as the marketing intern for the University and was responsible for the University marketing materials and yearbook. She was a member of Delta Chi Rho, and served as an officer for 3 years, and as president of the sorority her senior year. After college Amy worked for several years in advertising and administration as an art buyer. In 2003 Amy left the corporate world to stay home and care for her special needs child, Mabry. She continued to explore creative outlets buy running her own painted mural and photography business.
Amy’s daughter Mabry had years of extensive therapy and finally found her true love which was horses. Not knowing anything about horses, other than her daughter’s love for them, in 2012 she began serving on the board of Blue Sky Therapeutic Riding & Respite. She quickly fell in love with therapeutic riding and was given a desire to do more for the special needs population. With the daunting realization that her daughter would one day age out of the public-school system she was determined to create a program where special needs adults could be in community while being able to live out their purpose. So, in addition to therapeutic horseback riding, Amy and her faithful volunteers at Blue Sky created the PURPOSE program, which is a respite program for special needs adults, where Amy teaches art, gardening, cooking along with job and life skills for special needs adults.
Amy is married to John Gayhart and they live in Prosper, Texas with their three children Mabry, Jack and Slater.
Kristen Kromer has over twenty years in the real estate and title insurance industries. As a member of executive management teams, she has created and implemented corporate marketing campaigns, opened branch offices in new markets and developed training programs for employees. She currently owns and operates Radius Research, a company that provides research to title companies.
Kristen serves as mayor pro-tem on the Krugerville City Council and is the President of the Aubrey High School Band Booster organization and she is a youth helper at Legacy Presbyterian Church in Frisco, TX. She has been a part of the Blue Sky volunteer team since 2012.
She and her husband Kyle have lived in the Aubrey area for over 25 years. Their daughter Kirin and her husband live in Lewisville, TX and their son Preston is a senior at Aubrey High School.
Duane Sutton is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, Honorable Discharge 1985. He currently serves as Vice President, Field Operations, for Screen-SPE USA.
Duane has been married to Connie for over 30 years. After meeting and marrying in Midland, Texas they lived in Plano, Austin, and Flower Mound before moving to Pilot Point in 2001. Duane and Connie have 2 sons, Jerrad (JD) 28 and Cody 25. JD is a rider at Blue Sky.
Duane has worked in the Semiconductor Industry for over 32 years beginning with Texas Instruments in 1985. In 1995 he joined SCREEN SPE USA, LLC, a Japan based equipment manufacturing company. During his 22 years with SCREEN SPE he has held executive management positions in Sales, Engineering, Logistics, and Service. He’s had the opportunity to directly support new business development across the US as well as Europe, China, Israel, and Ireland.
His hobbies include spending time with family and friends, travel, boating, and horses.
Beverly Aten was born and raised in Lamesa, Texas. She attended college at Levelland College and Texas Tech University.
In 1970 she moved to the North Texas area where she owned and operated several small businesses until 2003. In the spring of 2003 she began working in the Food and Nutrition Department at Denton Regional Medical Center, where she remained for 15 years. In 2010 she was named Employee of the Year.
Beverly has been involved with horses and western lifestyle her entire life. She began volunteering for Blue Sky Therapeutic Riding and Respite in 2010. She has been invaluable in the planning and development of the Purpose Project at Blue Sky.
Beverly currently resides in Pilot Point, Texas.
Susan Pennau has been involved with horses her entire life and has been blessed to show some really amazing horses. It started at a young age with her siblings’ horses at local shows. Susan then became involved with the AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) and APHA (American Paint Horse Association) showing at their major horse shows. Susan’s daughter, Jill, followed in her footsteps with her love of horses and showing as well. Jill and her husband are both horse trainers residing in Texas.
Once grandchildren were part of the story, Susan traveled with the family to all the horse shows. Not only to take care of the grand-kids while their parents trained, but Susan also showed in different classes. You could say horse shows were just part of life. Susan was blessed to have pretty good success with the hard work and dedication of the whole family.
Now that her grandchildren have grown up Susan does not travel as before. She decided she wanted to give back because she was so grateful for the years she had experienced with horses. Susan has always known about therapeutic riding and heard about Blue Sky in Aubrey where she decided to become part of their family and become a volunteer!
Here are a few of her accomplishments: 2003 APHA 3 Time World Champion, 2003 and 2004 Congress Champion, 2003 Select All Around Congress Champion. 2003 AQHA Select World Show 2 Time World Champion, 2006 AQHA Select World Champion, 2010 Top Ten in the World at The AQHA Select World, 2011 3rd in the World at the AQHA Select World, 2016 3rd in the World at the AQHA Select World.
Janet Bird is originally from Southern California and has lived in Crossroads, Texas for 14 years. She has three children, twin daughters, Anna and Emma, and a son, Brian. She holds a master’s degree in criminal justice and was a deputy sheriff in Southern California for 20 years. She also is a certified special education teacher and taught here in Texas for 10 years in Pre-k and high school. Currently Janet is a retail specialist at D&L Farm and Home in Aubrey.
Janet enjoys spending time with family and at home with her pets which consist of horses, dogs, cats, and goats. She is very excited to be a part of the Blue Sky community.
Kim Groff is native to the Dallas area and graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She has worked in nonprofit accounting over 30 years.
Kim is committed to volunteering in her local community. For eight years, she served as a Board Member and President of Little Elm Box 620 Support Co, a citizen support group to the Little Elm Fire Department. Since 2015, she has served as Co-Leader of Lovepacs Little Elm, whose mission is to engage the community to feed children in need.
She and her husband Tom have been married for over 25 years, residing in Little Elm, Texas, for almost all of that time. They have two sons, Ryan and Preston. Ryan is a Blue Sky rider, who fell in love with the people and the place the first time they visited in 2018. Since then, Blue Sky has been a consistent part of their lives.