Nancy Engebretson, EQuus Rising  © 2014  |  ALL RIGHTS RESERVED


PRAISE for NANCY'S WORK with adults and children......."My experience was powerful, emotional and unforgettable. I highly recommend working with Coach Nancy for people who are ready for deeper self growth!"  Anna T.   "Everyone should do this! I wish they taught this in schools." Chris, on Kids LEAD summer class.  "They loved this, and were GUSHING about how much fun they had!" Suzie, on Kids LEAD summer class. "What I learned in the horse guided session is amazing" Linda O.  

Our History

Director Nancy Engebretson is descended from Scandinavian farm roots.  Her great grandparents homesteaded in central Minnesota where her Great Grandfather Karelius was a notorious horseman in the 1800's.  She inherited her love and respect for animals and nature from both her Mother and Father.  As a child she could often be found caring for hurt animals and had her first 'rescue experience' with two abandoned puppies.  In her teens and twenties Nancy owned and rode Arabian horses. In 2010 she was rescued by the horses at Equine Outreach, Healing Reins and Horse Butte Equestrian Center.  Today she is the founder and director of EQuus RISINGNE at Wild Hearts Ranch.


"As an educator I am regularly evaluating how I do things and adjusting, based upon student and client needs and implementing based on new information. I always make room for reading books and attending classes and workshops. Equine Falicitated Learning is a relativiely new field and ongoing research and study offers more and more depth and insight every year.  I continue to bring the best to my classes, workshops and clients."



-HEAL Human-Equine Alliances for Learning. Level I Workshop with Leigh Shambo, author of 'The Listening Heart, the Limbic Path Beyond Office Therapy' and founder of HEAL. April 2016.

-BA Psychology, Minnesota State University Moorhead

-BS Education, Minnesota State University Moorhead

-Academy of Coaching with Horses Certification, Equine Facilitated Learning and Coaching. May 2013-March 2014.

-PATH International October 2014 Conference, San Diego, CA.




-Coach, Equine Facilitated Learning. The Academy of Coaching with Horses. Colorado, March 2014

-K-12 Educator, Minnesota State Teaching Licensure

-Red Cross CPR and First Aid



-Therapeutic Riding Instructor

-Equine Specialist

-Darkness to Light, preventing sexual abuse, mandatory reporter.

-Equine Facilitated Mental Health and Learning, EFMHA

-Power of the Herd workshop, by Linda Kohanov, Portland OR



-Trainer's Assistant, Betsy Soule,

Horse Butte Equestrian Center, Bend OR

-Rescue Volunteer, Equine Outreach Inc. Bend OR

-Leader, Sidewalker. Therapeutic Riding Center,

Healing Reins, Bend OR

-Horse Owner