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Staff

The Wyatt Foundation would not be possible without the support of our wonderful staff. Each person plays their own part to help give the special needs children a wonderful opportunity to ride horses and grow as individuals.

The Hardy Family
The Hardy Family
Joe & Denise Hardy
Joe & Denise Hardy
Wyatt Hardy
Wyatt Hardy
Jessica Hardy
Jessica Hardy

Joe and Denise Hardy – Founders / CEO
Joe and Denise are down-to-earth, country people who were both raised on farms in Utah and have a love of the great outdoors. They have six children and have resided in Idaho for the past several years. Their inspiration for The Wyatt Foundation and Spirit Ranch is their 8-year-old autistic boy, Wyatt. Wyatt has always had a love of animals and loves being outdoors. When Wyatt was introduced to horses, he was immediately drawn to them above any of the other animals. Joe and Denise immediately noticed the positive effect the horses had on him. After researching animal therapy, they were not surprised to find that there have been several extensive studies proving the positive influences of horses on special needs children and adults. Since that time, they have had the dream to be able to bring this experience to all special needs children, and Spirit Ranch is the realization of that dream. They Hardys have been business owners for the past 10 years. Their expertise lies in the real estate and marketing industry. As well as being the founders of The Wyatt Foundation and Spirit Ranch, the Hardys will be responsible for the day-to-day operations that pertain to the growth of the existing business and raising capital. Joe and Denise are extremely excited about the development of Spirit Ranch and look forward to the opportunity of expanding these equestrian and animal therapy centers for the education and enjoyment of the special needs community.

Rebecca Sweers – Executive Director
Rebecca Sweers Rebecca Sweers, known mostly as Becca is 32 years old. I was born and raised on a cattle ranch that has been in my family for 4 generations, north of Soda Springs, Idaho. I have 4 sibling (2 sisters and 2 brothers and I am the "middle child"). I have 3 brothers in-law and 3 sisters in law; I have 8 nephews and 3 nieces – who are all very special to me. My love of horses began at a very young age because of my dad and I quickly became my dad's constant shadow, whether it was feeding cows in the dead of winter with a team of horses and the sleigh/wagon, calving cows, riding through and checking cattle, doctoring cattle, branding cattle, cutting, bailing and putting up the hay and just being outside riding horses. Through all of this I learned how to work and how to work hard.