Courtney does it again surrounded by other Top 10 under 40 entrepreneurs in northern Michigan by the Petoskey News Review. She was nominated by several northern Michigan residents as this area's top in the business world. Here is her write up in PNR. NMET is so proud of her accomplishments, hard work and dedication to healing those in need.
Sumpter grew up in the Detroit area and has always been around horses. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Michigan University in occupational therapy. During the time of her masters, she was working with horses and using them for a therapeutical tool at the Cheff Center in Augusta.
“That center is the first therapeutic riding facility in the country so I’m extremely lucky to have worked there,” Sumpter said.
From there, she started teaching therapeutic riding lessons and after she received her master’s as an occupational therapist, was able to really start using a horse’s movement as her therapeutic tool.
Sumpter moved to the area six years ago and was working at the hospital. She took time for herself to get acclimated and took a break from horses for awhile except for her own personal horse. One of her coworkers asked about her previous experience with horse therapy and that is where her own business, Northern Michigan Equine Therapy, was born.
“I was taking a break from horses but a physician who had a young son with autism asked about my work and if I would consider starting it up again. That is how I started Northern Michigan Equine Therapy,” Sumpter said.
Almost four years ago Sumpter and her husband bought their current facility and started their business. They are now a nonprofit and have a number of different programs for people of all ages.
“We became a nonprofit which is extremely helpful to be able to help people in the area experience horses because the cost of horses is expensive,” Sumpter said.
“We have a couple different programs. We have an at risk youth program, a veterans program and more. We are all about providing another opportunity for the community,” she said.
Everyone who works at the therapy facility are licensed professionals.
“I have a speech therapist, social worker, and reference a psychologist as well. Everyone has a masters degree here. Education is key to provide our service,” Sumpter said.
When Sumpter was asked about being nominated and being considered one of the top 10 in the area under 40 years old she said she felt extremely honored.
“It’s just such an honor. It shows how much work, energy and blood, sweat and tears have gone into my passion,” she said. “It’s a great way to tell me I’ve done something good and it’s payed off.”