"Where the sensitivity and power of the horse builds the strength and confidence of people..."



Our Team.


Diana Schnell

Executive Director

Prior to when she cofounded Equestrian Connection in 2001, Diana served as a Sales and Marketing consultant for four years for Baxter Healthcare. From 1980 through 1995, Diana held positions in marketing and production planning for Baxter Healthcare and in marketing and product management for Medline Industries, Inc. Ms. Schnell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Health Science from Lake Forest College where she was an All-American swimmer and served on its the Board of Directors. She graduated in 1984 with honors with an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Business.

Diana is an active member in the Lake Forest Running Club and has competed in 4 Ironman competitions to raise over $1 million for Equestrian Connection.  She remains passionate about engaging assorted communities and donors to assist special needs children and adults with therapy services and required financial assistance.


Get to know our professional staff who bring over 500 combined years of clinical expertise!

We have 25 wonderful horse Therapists! They enjoy their spacious 12 x 12 stalls with sponsored Dutch doors that remain open in warm weather and daily turnout with their friends in large outdoor pastures.