Our mission at JMHA is to promote mustang ownership and to preserve their existence through leadership, humane treatment, education, and building partnerships.


Since 2012, the Jicarilla Mustang Heritage Alliance has been dedicated to the welfare of New Mexico's wild horses. Our goal is to unite mustangs with the best possible adoptive homes and to promote the use of more gentle and humane training techniques. We strive to educate the public about wild horse management in the modern world, and we hope to create lasting horse/human partnerships that always put the mustang first. 

In short our vision is to connect mustangs with humans, one horse at a time.


Jicarilla Mustang Heritage Alliance is dedicated to preserving the existence of mustangs by means of responsible ownership and management.  We seek to influence the public through outreach and education on humane training practices that put the horse first. We strive to take the lead in being part of the solution by building partnerships and finding common ground strategies to cooperate with other agencies that have the mustang's interests in mind. 

Our Team


JMHA Founder

Barbara Kiipper

Barb was born screaming, “I want a horse!!!!” She finally got her first at 8-years-old; an old gelding that dumped her more times than she would like to admit! She grew up doing Gymkhana and showing all across California. She came close to winning the AQHA World Trail Horse competition on her black QH stallion in the 1970’s and eventually started training show horses and colt-starting for the public. In the 1990’s she sought a gentler approach and followed in the footsteps of mentors like Buck Brannaman, Mark Rashid, Richard Winters and Pat Parelli. She is the founder of JMHA, where she continues her devotion for wild horses to this day.


JMHA Consultant

Rebeckah Larsen

Beckah is a lifelong horse woman and certified Level-3 Parelli Instructor who has a natural ability to communicate and work with wild horses. She has been with JMHA since the beginning and has been a consistent mentor and consultant to JMHA as well as one of our trainers. Beckah is a blogger and writer for JMHA and has amassed years of content on training. She is also an amazing artist who loves to draw and paint horses.


JMHA Board

Middy McFarland

Middy has been involved with JMHA for the past 5 years as a volunteer and board member. She is a lifelong horsewoman who grew up on a ranch in Wyoming. Middy adopted her mustang Irma from JMHA as a baby 5 years ago and has remained a huge advocate for the Jicarilla wild horses. She loves riding her gorgeous, black Andalusian-looking mare around the foothills of Bloomfield, New Mexico.

Laura Harper

JMHA Board

Laura Harper, M.A.

Spending my summers at the Bixler Ranch in the Carson National Forest throughout my childhood had an influence on my affinity for its wild horses and wild animals. It is now truly a pleasure to be a board member for JMHA, and since 2012, I have shared in the joys of helping one mustang at a time with JMHA. It is my hope that through organizations like JMHA, we can turn the tides that are against our wild horses to a wave that truly protects them. One of my favorite JMHA events - the Mustang Rally - occurs annually in September, where mustangs and their owners show their amazing ability to work together.



Jaime Becktel

Jaime grew up with horses and was entered (against her will) into her first horse show at 9 months old. As a kid, she and her mom would ride their horses in the annual Swallow’s Day Parade in her hometown of San Juan Capistrano, CA and all over the southern California hills. She is now happiest when riding barefoot and bareback on her little mustang Tico up at Chicken Creek in Mancos, CO.