Sky View Farm
Robin’s Nest team works out of Sky View Farm, LLC. Sky View Farm is located minutes from Castle Rock/Lone Tree (Figure 1) and is a self-sustaining business where 43 horses are boarded. Ms. Wendy Ingraham, the owner and manager, has the vision of creating a community. In addition to horses, the farm has chickens, rabbits, ducks, a miniature horse, cats, dogs, and a garden. There is an outdoor and indoor riding arena, and a cross-country riding trail is being developed. Sky View Farm is located within the bussing district for elementary schools in Castle Pines, which will allow us to have after-school activities with direct transportation.
Wendy Ingraham is a Michigan native and the owner /founder of Robin's Nest Foundation. Before her work with the foundation, Wendy practiced her love for health and fitness as a professional athlete for 20 years. During this time, she repeatedly saw support for the adage "anything you can do, I can do better" comparing herself as a female competitor versus her male competition. She recalls being the very first person out of the water at triathlons (whether male or female). Men would line up behind her, knowing she would pull them through the water. In the end, though, Wendy says, "It's not a matter of winning or losing. It's giving it your all that makes you better than anyone else."
Wendy took this mindset with her when she founded Robin's Nest. She realized that being able to communicate, groom and deal with such large animals can be a very empowering experience and wanted to share that with others. Not to mention, with today's open spaces disappearing at a rapid rate, Wendy wanted to develop an open space to explore, use imagination, get away from the noise of electronics, and be with nature and animals.
In the wake of tragedy, after losing three very close friends to depression, Wendy felt it was her mission to find a way to help others accomplish goals and build self-confidence to make them feel worth living for.
And that's just what they're doing at this amazing little farm in Castle Rock, Colorado.
Elaine Marion TRI, ESMHL
Elaine has spent a lifetime pursuing her education as a horsewoman and has learned from nationally and internationally acclaimed horsemen. She has been training horses and instructing riders for over 20 years. Her multidisciplinary background includes Eventing, Dressage, and Jumpers as well as some experience in western disciplines such as Ranch Versatility. Elaine holds certifications through PATH Intl in both Therapeutic Riding as well as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. She is also a USDF Silver Medal rider.
Mallory Nicklas, MSW, LSW
Mallory holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social work, is a Licensed Social Worker, and LCSW Candidate. With over 10 years experience working in various educational settings, inpatient behavioral health treatment, and non-profit program facilitation and management, Mallory currently fulfills her role as Program Director and Clinician for Mustard Seed Ranch, a charitable non-profit equine assisted therapy program for youth who have experienced trauma. Mallory is also the founder of H&H Connections, providing equine assisted psychotherapy, learning, and consulting. With training in Natural Lifemanship, Mallory thrives in creatively pairing her clinical knowledge of behavioral health to the experiential process of implementing horses, while engaging clients in a meaningful way. Horses have always been a safe, educational, and healing space for Mallory. She enjoys sharing that novelty with those she works with. Mallory's mission is to create a unique and healing environment for individuals to feel their most authentic and capable selves, as they discover hope and heal.