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Derek Knapp, Restoration Ranch, and Nancy Krenek, Rockride.org

  • April 06, 2022
  • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
  • UT Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin TX 78712


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Equine Therapy for Veterans and Special Needs Kids

About our speakers:

Derek Knapp has been the Executive Director of Restoration Ranch in Bastrop, Texas for the past five years. Prior to that he served as their Director of Operations, and before that was an Operations Manager at the Austin office of Flex.

Derek is a highly decorated US Army veteran (two Bronze Stars, Purple Heart and Army Commendation Medal for Valor). His experience there, and his love and respect for his fellow veterans motivate his healing work at Restoration Ranch.

Derek is a graduate of Texas A&M Corpus Christi, and holds an MBA from University of Texas Tyler.

Dr. Nancy Krenek has been a physical therapist since 1984 and since 1998 has specialized in equine-assisted services to children, adults and veterans.

She is the CEO and Founder of ROCK (R.O.C.K., Ride On Center for Kids) in Central Texas (rockride.org) and also the Executive Director of the TAMUS Courtney Grimshaw Fowler Equine Therapeutic Program on campus in College Station, which has recently been sponsored by the ONE Health Initiative under the Texas A&M Biomedical Department of Vet/Med (courtneycares.org)  Nancy is also a board certified Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist.

Besides serving participants through connection with the horse, she has been instrumental in over 24 research projects, with four being published in peer reviewed journals. Her passions are her husband Frank and their blended family of 7 children and 7 grandchildren.  She enjoys painting, pottery making, hiking, biking, kayaking and air streaming.


6:50am - Coffee & Networking 

7:10am - Breakfast Buffet

7:25am - Introductions & Announcements

7:50am - Speaker Introduction

8:20am - Q&A

8:30am - Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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