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About Us

Meet the Firefly Team

Owner & Founder

Julie Dauner

Julie is the owner and lead therapist at Firefly Horse Co and Firefly Healing Arts.  She’s had a private counseling practice for 10 years and is a Certified Equine Assisted Therapist through Human Equine Alliances for Learning (HEAL).  Horses have always been a mainstay in Julie’s life and she feels truly blessed to be able to work with them daily to assist humans in the growth and healing process. She was in 4-H growing up and showed multiple horses in Western Pleasure and English Equitation, as well as barrels / speed events.  She also started and trained foals from the ground up.  Julie now focuses primarily on Natural Horsemanship, and the horse / human connection, and feels this can heal humans AND horses.

Julie has a Bachelor’s Degree is in Education, specializing in Spanish.  She also was near completion of a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Development when she decided to switch into the Psychology field.  Her Master’s Degree is in Mental Health Counseling specializing in Alternative and Holistic Therapies and she is licensed therapist in the state of Montana.  She has many additional certifications and specialties that are body and trauma focused including mindfulness-based therapies, meditation, tapping (EFT) and ThetaHealing (energy work).  Julie includes movement and mindfulness into her practice and works with each client differently depending on their needs.

Julie is also an owner of Firefly Children’s Center a holistic, nature based child care and preschool in Kalispell, MT.  Julie and her family love to hike, ride horses, and enjoy the great outdoors together.

Instructors

Kate Paschen & Ireland Root

We have two wonderful riding instructors that facilitate our Riding Lessons, Horse & Farm Camps, Pony Parties, Riding Experiences, Training, & more!

Kate P.

Kate has a background in English riding and participates in show jumping with her own horse outside of work.

Ireland R.

Ireland has a background in Western riding principles with a history of barrel racing. She is our primary horse & farm camp instructor as well.

Business Manager & Guest Relations

Cierra Atchley

Cierra has been riding horses for over 20 years and loves all the animals! She is originally from Reno, Nevada where she grew up riding in both Western & English principles. She participated in 4-H for many years and grew a love for barrel racing, reining & cutting, and various gymkhana events.

She attended school at the University of Oregon pursuing an education in Sociology & Business Administration. While at the University of Oregon she competed on the Equestrian Team and was Team President for 2 years!

Cierra loves spending her free time with her two dogs and doing anything outdoors including rock climbing, ice climbing, skiing, horseback riding, ice hockey, swimming, kayaking, SUP, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, camping, fishing, you name it!