Samantha Means

EMBRACE Media & Marketing Coordinator

Samantha has served with EMBRACE since 2016. She is also a trauma counselor with a non-profit Christian counseling agency in Coeur d'Alene, an author of several books, a public speaker and a former United States Marine. Samantha has a passion for seeing the heart of Christ expressed in practical ways in the community.



Renae Buck

EMBRACE President and Founder

Renae founded EMBRACE in 2014 with Colleen Ripatti after serving together for 10 years doing 4H. Renae has utilized her life experience and education in teaching, psychology, horsemanship, and, most importantly, more than fifty years relationship with the Lord to build EMBRACE with Christ as the cornerstone. When she's not running the ministry Renae teaches horse lessons, runs an equine massage business, and spends time with her family.


Colleen Ripatti

EMBRACE Vice President and Founder

Colleen founded EMBRACE in 2014 with Renae after spending more than a decade working together with youth and horses in 4H. With a passion for Christ and a love for horses, Colleen has helped develop the ministry from its grassroots beginnings to what it is today. While volunteering and serving on the board of directors, Colleen also runs a horse training business with her daughter called C&C Horsemanship. 


Catherine Reynolds

Life Enrichment Director at Daybreak Youth Services

Catherine was central to bringing the first group of girls from Daybreak Youth Services to EMBRACE in 2016. Since then Catherine has helped keep the program a key part of Daybreak's services through some of the most difficult seasons in Daybreak's history when budget cuts and pivotal changes in operations took place.

Becky Wall

Program Supervisor/Counselor at Union Gospel Mission

Becky has partnered with EMBRACE for more than five years. She helped establish EMBRACE's program as an essential element in the Union Gospel Mission Center for Women and Children program for participants in phase 1. 

Miranda Kay

EMBRACE participant

Miranda went through the EMBRACE program during COVID while in phase 1 at UGM's Center for Women and Children in Coeur d'Alene. She has an amazing testimony of recovery and faith in Jesus Christ.

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EMBRACE is launching a new program called Wild Hope to provide trauma-informed equine assisted learning for individuals, couples, families, and teams.


This gala will enable Wild Hope to get started with a program that will provide our community with trauma-informed equine assisted learning from certified trauma counselors and more than fifty years of horsemanship experience.

Join us at this gala dinner fundraiser to learn more about EMBRACE's history, it's vision for the future, and how you can partner with this ministry to help our community rebuild, restore, and learn healthy, connected relationships using horses, biblical principles, and practical tools.

Thursday, September 30th at 6:00pm




The Buckley Storms

In 1998, songwriter Buck Storm’s debut album Goodbye From Venus (Fervor Records, Los Angeles) crashed into L.A.’s burgeoning alt-country scene. The record was hailed by critics worldwide and quickly earned Buck a reputation as a songwriter’s songwriter. Known for their energetic and unpredictable live shows, Buck and his band spent sweat and miles garnering an enthusiastic, dedicated following and shared the stage with artists like Jack Johnson, Glenn Phillips, Buddy Miller, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, and Leon Russel.    

Today, father and son led ,The Buckley Storms, carry on the tradition. Combining a deep original catalogue with a fresh, multi-instrumental take on a wide range of covers, the band continues to fill venues, delight fans, and turn strangers into friends.

Want to Join Us?

We are an equine ministry in north Idaho and we'd love to have you join our team. Whether you want to volunteer a few hours a month or you have a lot more time on your hands you'd like to give, or if you'd simply like to participate in our program this is the place to learn more.
The flyer explains are current and most desired volunteer positions. We are a mobile ministry, which means we can provide services at various locations in Spokane and north Idaho.
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