Lead Instructor Krystal Evans is the Heart of the Hope Equestrian Therapy Center in rural Perryville, Missouri. Practically born in spurs, Evans not only helps keeps the center up and running from a practical standpoint, but also embodies its spirit. Doing everything from cleaning stalls to defending grants, most of her days are spent in service to the center. Evans sees the potential in both people and animals, and strives to help them reach it. Whether at work or home, she is nurturing, encouraging, but never coddling.
In this picture: Krystal Evans laughs with a volunteer during a therapy session at the Hope Center. Despite a long day of lessons, Evans and the other volunteers still keep their energy and spirits high.