Janie Nelson and her husband, Brian are owners of JB Bar Ranch in Marana, AZ. JB Bar Ranch is their personal ranch where they hope to someday soon build and run a small boarding facility. Their passion however is Agape Acres, a non-profit 501( c )3 organization that they cofounded in order to provide EAAT to children with special needs. Janie and Brian adopted two teen boys out of foster care and through that experience they felt a call by God to bless others with the horses and rural life so they dedicated 5 acres for Agape Acres use. While creating Agape Acres they did their research and decided to become a PATH Int’l Member Center. Janie is a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor with PATH Int’l and teaches therapeutic riding at Agape Acres.
Brian is a retired Border Patrol Air Interdiction Agent and a graduate of the Equine Science Academy. Through the ESA Brian became a Barefoot practitioner and provides barefoot trimming and rehabilitation to select clientele as well as all the horses at JB Bar Ranch and Agape Acres (22 total!).
Janie Nelson was introduced to horses as a preteen through 4H. She rode both English and Western, jumping and barrel racing as a teen. As an adult, Janie’s heart always yearned to be back on a horse and that dream came true when she met her husband to be in Tucson AZ after relocating there from CA in 2006. Brian has always been a cowboy at heart, working at a ranch during the summers of his early teenage years. These two animal lovers met in 2007 and were married within 6 months of meeting each other.
Janie has a servant’s heart and believes that it’s her purpose to serve others. While at a PATH Int’l Regional conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Janie met Jodie Webb and was introduced to the Colors-of-Hope program. God immediately spoke to Janie’s heart and she knew she needed to get involved. Janie and Brian are proud to be able to provide the Colors of Hope Restoration program at Agape Acres and cannot wait to see how God transforms the lives of those they will serve.