Who We Are Meet the Horsepower, Inc Board:
Jake Kolb grew up in Eastern Montana on a family farm and ranch, and has an associate degree in Electronics Technology from DeVry Institute of Technology. Jake worked in California and Idaho for several years, and moved back to Montana in 2008. Since being back, Jake works as a purchasing agent in Missoula, and has been involved in 4-H and equine activities to aid his daughter in her love for horses - this brought Jake to Willowbend Farms, where he met Jeff and Darlene Patterson. Jake was amazed at how much his daughter learned about herself and the horses. Over the years, Jake has been a member of several non-profit groups, and is always willing to help. Jake has been the Horsepower Inc treasurer since December of 2019.
Carolyn Quinn, an Oregon native, moved to Montana in 2001 where she attended the University of Montana, completing her course work in Elementary Education and receiving a BA in psychology. From a young age Carolyn has had a deep-seated passion of horses. After completing her first horse show at the age of 5, she continued on, competing nationally in Hunter/Jumpers, later competing in 3-Day Eventing. Currently, Carolyn resides in Frenchtown, MT with her husband Josh, where she operates her family’s property management business. She continues to compete in Dressage with her Andalusion horse, “Truly”. Aside from horses, Carolyn enjoys competing in field trials with her pointing dog, as well as fishing, hunting, backpacking and tending to her koi fish.
Samuel Pascal Redfern is a Montana native, alumnus of Patrick Henry College, and the University of Montana, as well as a decorated combat veteran who served for 15 years in the US Army. Currently, Sam serves as founder and chairman of the NGO United States of Hope (USOH), owns two small businesses: Montana Networks and MontAfrica LLC, and is the founder and president of the Montana Veterans Association and Montana Veterans Business Alliance. He is also the founder of American / Montana Warrior Team Hunts elite outdoor recreation programs for veterans. Additionally, Sam has served as a senior advisor for several businesses, nonprofits, and political campaigns, and was a DC lobbyist for 12 years with the Home School Legal Defense Association, Madison Project, American Dreamscapes, and American Dreamvestors. As a Montana native, Sam enjoys reading, hunting, fishing, hiking, traveling, and recreation across the American West. He resides with his fiancé Sandrine and three beautiful, strong daughters, Eve, Alexa, and Sarai. Sam’s motto is “Pro Deo Et Patria” - Lead the Way. Always Forward!
Jen Belitz lives in Missoula, Montana. She holds a Path Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification and owns and operates Prairie Fire Equine LLC, which offers lessons and instruction ranging from horse groundwork and education, to independent riding, to assisting families on first-time horse ownership and horse problem solving. Additionally, Jen teaches reading support to children in grades K through 3rd in the special education and title one departments of Target Range School. Having helped children and adults who have a wide range of special needs, Jen has also provided miniature pony therapy stations at various children's events, and donated trick riding performances to special needs fundraisers and veterans programs.
Jen is a partner and advocate of Horsepower, Inc via Prairie Fire Equine.
Matt Amble joined the Horsepower, Inc Board beginning in 2020. Matt has worked as a project manager for Boeing, as well as a Major in the Army National Guard, with whom he has deployed across the world as a Chinook Pilot. Having grown up in Grand Forks, North Dakota, in 2002 Matt moved to Missoula, Montana, and then resided in Washington State from 2004-2019. In April 2019 Matt moved to Helena, Montana, where he currently resides. In Matt’s spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife Rachel, and dog Edward. He also enjoys golfing, snowboarding, and travel. Matt has traveled to over 40 US states, as well as China, India, South Korea, Iraq, Kuwait, Senegal, Peru, and the UAE.
Mariah Fredrickson moved to Missoula, Montana in 2010, and obtained a BA in social work from the University of Montana. She has always had a passion for horses and animals, but that passion grew greatly when she went through the six-week Herd 2 Human program in 2016. Mariah graduated the H2H program with a group of strong women who had experienced some sort of extreme trauma in their lifetime. Mariah soon started taking riding lessons at Willowbend Farm from Darlene Patterson. Willowbend Farm quickly became Mariah’s second home, and Mariah got more involved by serving as Horsepower Inc’s Secretary. She has spent the past five years working with youth as a Juvenile House Arrest Officer, and has a dream of connecting troubled youth with equine therapy programs like Herd 2 Human. Mariah swears that there is nothing more powerful than equine therapy, and often talks about how the horses in Herd 2 Human saved her life.
Paul Lindstrom, upon the completion of his electrical apprenticeship, purchased a small electrical company. Since that time, Paul, and his wife Keeny, have grown it into one of the largest electrical contracting companies in Montana. Additionally, Paul and his wife own and operate a variety of businesses around the country - including a controls company and a communications company. After beginning with investing in a variety of residential real estate, the Lindstroms have since expanded into the commercial real estate space as well. In his free time, Paul enjoys hiking, hunting, golfing, and fishing with his wife Keeny.