About Teddy Franke
Like so many who grew up riding, I took part in 4-h , shows, clinics, camps, and any other opportunity that would come along in central Alaska where I'm from. I was blessed to grow up at a camp that had a thriving horse program. The people who came through the program to teach horsemanship classes, clinics, camps, and other events year after year had a great impact on me. Because of the nature of the program, many disciplines and backgrounds were represented. I was blessed to have many many mentors willing to help bring me along. This was key in developing a love for all that the horse world has to offer. (TF)
As a professional Teddy continues his "jack of all trades" approach in his program. This translates to both horses and human clients receiving a well-rounded education.
In addition to providing equestrian services through "Franke Equine" Teddy and his wife Lizz currently serve as missionaries for Camp Morrow a non-denominational Christian camp in north central Oregon. Through the camp's horse program they minister and disciple young people. One of Teddy's big passions in life is to use the horse as a tool for ministering to kids. This is especially true when sharing truth found in the bible, and the development of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Teddy is a current board member of the Certified Horsemanship Association. CHA is the largest organization certifying riding instructors in the US. He is a past board member for the American Youth Horse Council, an organization that connects kids with horses. He is a certified master instructor, pack guide, instructor for riders with disabilities, and equine facility manager. He is a graduate of Mission Farrier School and ASHA stock horse judge. He enjoys spending time with his wife Lizz, daughter Alina, and sons Malakai & Trace going on adventures with horses and on the water.