Jana Ewing Syvrud

Founder & Director

PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

PATH Certified Equine Specialist

Jana Ewing Syvrud is the founder of Jake E’s Riding Round Up and currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Christ-centered therapeutic equine facility.  Jana lost her 3-year-old son, Jacob Eli Ewing, in a tragic non-equine related accident in April of 2010. Within days of losing her young son, she began to think about how she would ever find peace again and how she would like to reach out to others dealing with personal challenges. Jana’s desire to help others living with special needs, tragic loss and daily challenges brought her to found Jake E’s Riding Round Up in honor of Jacob. Today, she is thriving with her husband Paul Syvrud, her two sons Caleb and Hayden, and her bonus daughter Andrea, and is an active member of Trinity Church in Cedar Hill. Jana is a Certified PATH International Instructor, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education and music from Lamar University. Jana has extensive experience working with those seeking to find courage, peace and hope through prayer and the therapeutic value of a horse-human partnership.

Video Testimony

Speaking Engagements

Paige Courtney

Director of Operations

PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

PATH Certified Equine Specialist


When Paige learned she could combine her life-long passion of horses and working with those with special needs, she knew what she wanted to do.  She has been a volunteer at Jake E's for seven years, an instructor for six of those, and she recently left her 12 year career as a 911 Dispatcher for Garland to pursue what she calls her 'dream job.'   She stepped into the position as 'Director of Operations' August 1st, and in her own words, 'never goes to work a day in her life.'

K.W. Harris

Facility Manager

Veteran's Liaison

PATH Certified Equine Specialist


KW Harris is a retired police officer serving more than 40 years with Dallas PD, DART PD and Dallas ISD.  He spent two years in the Army as an M.P. during Vietnam, and his passion is working with Veterans and helping them better their lives through Equine Therapy.  He has been with us since April of 2017.

Board Members

Dr. Bruce Wood

The Honorable Judge Bruce Wood has served as a Kaufman County Judge since 2011 and is a Founding Board Member for Jake E’s Riding Round Up. He holds a Bachelor’s, Master’s and an Educational Doctorate degree from Texas A&M – Commerce. His career as a former teacher, school administrator and superintendent have led Bruce to the realization that facilities like Jake E’s Riding Round Up serve the community at large with meaningful Christ-centered outreach and programs.  The Honorable Judge Wood utilizes his professional background for leadership oversight and governance as a Jake E’s Riding Round Up Board Member. He and his wife Susie live in Terrell, Texas, and have three daughters and a son. The Wood family attends First Baptist Church of Terrell, where he serves as a Deacon.

Judy Mackey

Judy Mackey of Terrell, Texas, joined the Jake E's Riding Round Up Board of Directors in 2014.  Originally from Alabama, Judy holds a Bachelors of Science from the University of Alabama and a Master of Education from Texas A&M Commerce.  A retired educator, Judy believes her years working with children originally pulled her toward the local non-profit.  She feels that the staff and volunteers at Jake E's provide a priceless experience for the clients with their expertise, compassion, and knowledge of horses.  Judy is passionate about the therapeutic riding facility and has particular interest in 'Horses and Heroes', the organizations program for veterans, since her son is a U.S. Marine.  Judy's daughter, Paige Nolen, currently serves as Jake E's 'Director of Operations' and as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor.  She has seen the benefits of the program first-hand, as her granddaughter was born with special needs and is one of Jake E's current riders in the Therapeutic Riding Program.

Darla Quebedeaux

Darla Quebedeaux is the sister of Jake E's founder Jana Ewing-Syvrud and is a Founding Board Member for the therapeutic riding facility.  Darla is the owner of Fountain Therapeutic Center in Texarkana, Texas and works as a Speech Pathologist empowering lives one at a time through customized evaluations and treatments.  She has a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Lamar University.  Darla's background with speech pathology for special needs children allows her to contribute to the mission and development of Jake E's through her professional experience while honoring her late nephew Jacob Eli Ewing.  Darla's vision for the future of Jake E's Riding Round Up is to touch and influence as many lives as possible with the love and healing power of the Lord through his people and animals.

Pam Corder

Pam Corder is currently the Kaufman County Urban Forester and serves as a Founding Board Member for Jake E’s Riding Round Up. Living in Rosser with her husband Shannon and two children, Pam enjoys spending time outdoors with her family. In addition to her responsibilities as a Board Member, Pam is a Certified Arborist and offers support as a consulting Arborist and with the petting barn goats at Jake E’s Riding Round Up . Pam’s desire to help others through equine-assisted activities is the driving force behind her passion for Jake E’s Riding Round Up.



PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

PATH Certified Equine Specialist

Patty Milligan of Canton, Texas, offers her services as a PATH International Certified Instructor at Jake E’s Riding Round Up. Originally from El Paso, Patty has lived all over the country with her husband David, and their children, during his years in the Military. In the past, she has served in a variety of volunteer roles with non-profits such as the Girl Scouts and the Canton Trail Riders. Working with clients and students at Jake E’s has allowed Patty to fulfill a lifelong dream of working with horses in a therapeutic setting. Patty believes the Lord guided her to Jake E’s Riding Round Up during the Center’s 2011 grand opening. A skilled equestrian that loves sharing her equine knowledge, Patty became a PATH International Certified Instructor in July of 2013.

Rose Ingram

PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

PATH Certified Equine Specialist


Rose has owned and been involved with horses since 1988.  She has volunteered at Jake E's for several years while working on her PATH Certifications.  She has been an Equine Specialist for a couple of years, and recently in December, became a Therapeutic Riding Instructor.  Her God-given passion is working with horses and adults and children with special needs.


PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

PATH Certified Equine Specialist

Holly Harris of Wills Point, Texas, offers her services as a PATH International Certified Instructor at Jake E’s Riding Round Up. Holly, a graduate of Texas A&M University, has far-reaching experience in business and with horses. Along with her husband Kerry and grown step-children, Holly raises Tennessee Walking Horses. Holly has a passion for seeing her students succeed and improve their horsemanship skills. Holly’s interest in sharing the joy of the horse-human relationship with special riders has led her to volunteer her services to Jake E’s Riding Round Up as an instructor.

Equine Therapists

In Memoriam