Welcome To Barnum Equestrian Center

Welcome to a place where horses and humans choose to work together, building relationships, growing and learning in harmony.  We are located 20 minutes south of Des Moines just outside Indianola, IA.
We offer a variety of Equine Assisted Services -Mental, Emotional, Social & Spiritual Health services for individuals or groups. Come for yourself or gather a group of friends.  Deepen your spiritual walk or improve mental, emotional & social health with the guidance of our herd and trained & certified human partners.

Barnum Center Staff

Barnum Center is guided by a dedicated team of part time staff, instructors and volunteers. You will experience an encouraging atmosphere where all are welcome to explore and grow physically, mentally and spiritually. Come meet the team and learn how horses can change lives.

Beth Burgmeyer, LMHC
Beth Burgmeyer, LMHCEquestrian Coordinator
Beth Burgmeyer loves sharing her knowledge and love of horses with others. Beth is passionate about helping people form healthy relationships with horses so they can find true connection and partnership. She has seen and experienced how life changing and healing our bond with horses can be. Beth is dual certified in Natural Lifemanship as a Mental Health Counselor and Equine Professional. She is also a certified riding instructor with the Certified Horsemanship Association. Beth offers equine assisted psychotherapy, equine assisted learning, connected horsemanshio lessons, groups and retreats.
Nita ChaplinBarn Manager
Brings a lifelong passion for ministry and working with youth and those with special needs. Nita’s former certification with AHSA helps her coach beginning riders to achieve balance in the saddle, in life and along their horsemanship journey.
We could not exist without the dedicated support of our volunteers! Volunteers receive training sessions covering barn safety, horse safety, mounting and dismounting assistance procedures, horse handling techniques, and incident prevention. All Volunteers are background checked.  Volunteers must be 16 years or older.  Minors age 13 – 16 who would like to volunteer must bring an adult volunteer/mentor who is willing to be trained and word side by side with them.