REINING HOPE INC. | 17600 LEBANON RD. SPRING GROVE VA 23881 | 804.896.3723 | | last updated: 26 February 2016



When you visit Reining Hope, you're bound to witness the grand movement of the Holy Spirit. Whether you believe or not, miracles are happening out here on the ranch, and we're humbled by the call on our lives to serve children. Whether it's deep healing in a hurting heart, physical advancements in a broken body, or spiritual growth in a needy soul - God is using horses and our mentors to reach children on many different levels, exactly where they need it most. Reining Hope is a blessing to so many, including us - we hope you choose to visit us soon!

John 15:4-5 says, "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing."


Matthew & Heather Westbrooks

Jay Storms is a retired Lt. Colonel in the Marine Corps (USMC). We are genuinely grateful to him for his 20 years of service to our country. Jay currently works as Director of the USMC/Army Programs for SimVentions.  In addition to being an Elder at his church, Jay is also a Senior High Youth Group Leader and has been a Cherokee Missions Leader for the past seven years. Jay models his life after Christ, and his bold love for His Savior shines through his actions. Jay is a vital part of the Reining Hope Board because he leads with wisdom and a Christ-centered motive. Jay’s life verse is Ephesians 2:1-10, which explains how it is by Christ’s grace we are saved. Verse 10 says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Reining Hope is blessed to have Jay and his wife involved in the program. Visitors to the ranch witness true joy in Jesus when they meet the two of them. 

Larry Nelson is a retired elementary school teacher, with over 35 years of education and administration under his belt. Originally from Oregon, Larry has participated in leading and volunteering at several youth camps and youth organizations, to include Young Life at Washington Family Ranch. In addition to serving on the Reining Hope Board, Larry volunteers as a Session Leader in the Rancher Program as well as serves on the Family Outreach team. Larry exhibits a true servant’s heart wherever he is, and he provides a stable source of wisdom for all of the volunteers who serve Reining Hope. His life verse is Ephesians 6:10-18, which speaks about putting on the full armor of God.

​​Jeni Rowell is a stay-at-home mom who homeschools her three children in the northern Virginia area with a homeschool co-op. She has lived in over five states, which has provided her a diverse perspective on community and ministry. Jeni assists the Reining Hope board with her past experience in accounting and business. Her life verse is Isaiah 61:3, which she has partially tattooed on her arm. She says, “My Jesus has made beauty out of my ashes in so many ways! He has turned my mourning into joy and filled my heart with praise even when I should be despairing…He has done all of this for His great glory! It is my prayer that He will continue to draw me close into His presence that I might bring His name great praise!” Jeni and her husband have been an inspiration to other families, as they have committed to volunteering at Reining Hope as a family unit.  

​​Jessa Cobean is a native-born Canadian who moved to southern Virginia in 2014. She and her husband have 3 young children, and they also welcome multiple children into their family within the foster care system. With a background in Kinesiology and Therapeutic Recreation, Jessa’s experience has helped Reining Hope form key procedures for program evaluation and progress tracking. She currently serves on the Executive Leadership Team as the Life Group Coordinator at her church. Jessa is a born leader with a heart for community. One of her favorite verses is I Corinthians 16:14 which says, “Let all that you do be done in love.”

our history

October 2013 – Property purchased on Lebanon Rd with grand ideas in mind for a facility to help the special needs community.


January 2016 – Reining Hope gains approval for its 501(c)3. Huge excitement! 


June 2016 – Program officially kicked off June 4.

Meet the board of directors

There's no limit to life when we surrender our hearts to hope.