Donna Stedman

Growing up in a big family on a farm in Indiana, I was always very involved with all our animals and nature. I got my first pony at the age of 5, and even though she dragged me through our fields and woods, bucked me off and scraped me against everything, I continued to love and own numerous horses for the next 15 years, showing hunter/jumper until I sold my last horse to go to college. I graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Respiratory Therapy, worked in ICU’s for about 10 years, putting myself through college, and finished up with a Business Management BA degree from Purdue University. I married in my late 20’s, had three kids and was President of Danum USA, an Independent Sales Rep Company in the building materials field, for the next 20 years before retiring.

Still married to the same man, now I have a son who graduated from West Point in 2010, and who just left the army in 2018 to go to medical school, a daughter who graduated as an engineer from Texas A&M in 2012, and my last son in the engineering program at UT Austin now. I am a Master Gardener, Master Naturalist and an EAGALA Certified Professional Equine Specialist since early 2016. I founded Henry’s Home in 2014, and stepped off the Board of Directors in 2018 to be the full-time volunteer Executive Director. The fact that I get to spend the majority of my time out in nature again, caring for our rescued and surrendered horse, and other farm animals, and being the spiritual and visionary guide for this great group of volunteers who are passionate about the horses and the work we do with them with veterans and first responders and their families, is the perfect fulfillment of my purpose on Earth, and I am blessed.

Everything - a horse, a vine - is created for some duty . . . for what task, then, were you yourself created? - Marcus Aurelius