The Humans

Meet the Staff at New Hope Horse Shelter!

Darci – Resident Volunteer Manager at New Hope Horse Shelter
& Founder/President of Double HP

Greg – Resident Volunteer Manager of New Hope Horse Shelter
Also known as the "Dirt Guy," the "Tractor Guy," and the "Hay Guy."

Greg and Ralphie, the farm managers

Heidi – Senior Chore Helper & Vice President of Double HP
Heidi was born in Baltic, South Dakota and raised in Sioux Falls. She first started volunteering at New Hope Horse Shelter in May 2007. Over the years, she has put in hundreds of volunteer hours when Double HP was doing a lot of starvation-case rescues. She continues to volunteer and donate to the shelter in addition to being a part-time employee. Heidi is also a Vet Tech at Heather Ridge Pet Hospital. She has a 26-year-old son named Jordan and she currently lives in Baltic with her 3-legged cat Piper, her array of dogs – Sam, L.B., and Zion – and a cockatiel named Squeeker. As a child, she had a couple of horses herself – Bud and Tiqo. Heidi loves the horses at NHHS and says they are like her children. Through working with Double HP, she has learned that some people are unbelievably cruel and that every animal has potential and deserves to be treated well. She dreams of one day being able to take a few days off from all her jobs to spend time with her family and go camping, as she has been working 7 days a week for many years.

“When I’m at the barn, it’s not only a sanctuary for them, but for me also.” - Heidi

Kyrstin – Assistant Barn Manager & Community Coordinator 
Kyrstin was born on Ellsworth Air Force Base and raised in Crooks, South Dakota with one younger sister. Growing up, she had three Quarter Horses: Mac, Angel, and Lou. She graduated from Tri-Valley High School in 2010, got married in 2012, and spent a couple of years at SDSU before moving to the west coast to earn an associate's degree in Film. After several years working in the film and television industry, she returned to SD. Kyrstin and her husband Chirau live in Sioux Falls with their two Pit Bull mixes, Ginger and Cricket, and two cats, Nemo and Sooki. Previously, Kyrstin volunteered and worked for NHHS in 2007/2008. She returned in January 2020 and has enjoyed getting reacquainted with the herd, seeing how they've grown and evolved. Kyrstin has always loved animals, especially horses, and is very glad to be able to work so closely with them again. Last summer, she passed Level One of Parelli Natural Horsemanship's On Line savvy and is now working on Level Two. 

Jody  Horse Care Provider
Jody joined the NHHS barn crew in June 2021. She was a professional Thoroughbred jockey for 14 years, riding in the Nebraska Circuit as well as Oklahoma City and Kansas City. Throughout her career, she won over 700 races and was the first woman to win a Leading Rider title at a Nebraska track in 1988. After retiring from life as a jockey, she trained racehorses until 2013. We are very excited to have Jody on board and look forward to getting to know her more!