About Us


Our Mission

Horse and Soul is a 501C3 Non-Profit organization that exists to partner with horses to heal and restore individuals and their families.

What we believe...

Horse and Soul is a Bible based ministry.  Our foundation is built on the Word of God and wild horse herd behavior.  We say around here, "If you can read it in the Word and see it in the herd, we believe it!"

Meet the Board and Staff

Our board has been blessed with amazing people who are passionate about God and people (and even horses!) We prayerfully consider every decision that effects this ministry and endeavor to serve His work to the best of our ability.


Maria Delavan, MA

Founder & President

Maria Delavan is a daughter of the King, a wife, a mother and an extravagant dreamer.  She holds a bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies and a Master's Degree in Christian Formation and Soul Care from Denver Seminary.  She is passionate about her FBEAP work and is so grateful to have the opportunity to serve the Lord in this way.  In her free time she loves date night with her husband and watching her daughters grow.

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Amy Ryals

Vice President

Amy Ryals is a knowledgeable horsewoman and owner of Honestly Horses in Summerville, South Carolina.  She serves the board as both an equine management and horsemanship specialist.  In her free time she loves trail riding and doing cowboy dressage.  She is passionate about following Christ and encouraging others to live in truth and courageously follow Him.

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Joel Anderson


Joel Anderson is a West Point graduate and retired Army officer. He served in the oil and gas industry, both domestically and internationally, in various operational and operational support roles. He is currently living out his passion for physical fitness as a fitness instructor. Joel is married with four children and five grandchildren.


Amber Shearer


Amber J. Shearer is a Camp Director. Amber has a Master's Degree in Leadership from Denver Seminary, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication, and is an ordained minister. In her free time she enjoys doing DIY projects, reading by the lake, and exploring the mountains. Her greatest desire is to be an agent of hope and healing and for people to encounter Jesus in big ways.

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Riveting Rosie


Rosie is a 2012 Off the Track Thoroughbred.  She ran three races and decided that life was not for her.  She now serves as an FBEAP and loves her job!




Spirit has had quite the life.  He started out as a carnival pony, then was a pet for most of his career.  Now he serves as an FBEAP horse and is great for people who feel a little intimidated by the bigger horses.

Come experience true rest...

If you are done with striving, and ready to rest in the truth, fill out our intake form right now.  Don't wait.