The Team

WE HAVE AN AMAZING TEAM AND CAN’T WAIT FOR YOU TO MEET THEM IN PERSON

Check out the song our team wrote with Shawn Eiferman

Let’s start with the co-founder of Oniya

Cree

Cree initiated the vision for helping human minds through partnership with horse hearts. He represents the wild, the free and the spirit of the horse. There is nothing like looking into this horse’s brown and blue eye and hearing that everything is going to be okay.

Cree is a Registered Quarter Horse (Ova’s Roundup Boy)

our coaches

Our coaching team consists of three herds. The Americans are the locals that have lived in Montana most of their lives. They are our family horses and donkeys with hearts of gold. The Canadians are the rockstar herd that retired from the legendary Cavalia productions in 2020. During their ten years of being celebrated entertainers, they made a difference for thousands of people all over the world. Today this spirited bunch continues to create an even deeper difference for the people who visit Oniya. The Ranch Horse herd is the curious crew that loves to work the ranch, but on occasion, they can carry our guests to where they need to go.

Canadians

Astro

Astro represents power. He communicates with clarity, but he also struggles with his own strength. How to use it. He is a beautiful mirror for many of us that straddle control versus support. He is giving and taking. He is stunning. He is charming and will steal your heart.

Astro is a Registered Andalusian (Hubble D’Astra)

Chief

Chief represents wisdom. He led the Canadian herd over the last 10 years in their high-profile productions around the world. Chief will give you strength and guide you to greatness in his calm, confident coaching style.

Chief is a Registered Arabian (AW Afire Chief)

Gus

Gus is the lieutenant. He will have your back and your heart. He represents loyalty within the herd. There are not too many more comforting experiences than spending time with Gus.

Gus is a Registered Arabian (Never Say Never RW)

Silver

Silver represents the mystical. He is our true unicorn. He lives his life his way and operates in his own beautiful, magical world. He doesn’t live by anyone else’s rules, and he will push the boundaries that others set for him. He will teach you how to be you.

Silver is a Registered Arabian (Silver Arrow Amiri)

Bravas

Bravas represents overcoming fear. He knows fear, but he continually works on himself to trust and believe that everything is going to be okay. He is also one of the retired performers that loves the limelight. We make sure he is applauded regularly. It matters to him and all of us. Bravas will teach you to face your fears and how to be a star.

Bravas is a Registered Arabian (Juan Miguel Bravas)

Frosty

Frosty represents self-expression. Frosty is very fancy. He prances and keeps his tail high in all situations. He eats well, plays well and is the very best friend. Spending time with him is like having a new, flamboyant best friend that says all the right things.

Frosty is a Registered Arabian (Frosted Fire DH)

Nezma

Nezma represents heart. He is all love…and play. His gentle deer-like energy draws everyone in. Once he has you, he will be curious, loving, and playful until you open your heart. He is highly intelligent and knows how to connect on many levels to ensure a deep connection. We love you Nezma.

Nezma is a Registered Arabian (Spyderman WMT)

Pearl

Pearl represents support. He always plays the role of backup to all the horses. In some circles he may be considered low man on the totem pole. However, if you really watch, you see a powerful and stunningly beautiful horse that knows exactly how to support leaders. Pearl will be there for you too. He knows your win is his win.

Pearl is a Registered Arabian (Psyting O Pearls)

Americans

Maya

Maya represents the creative, feminine energy in all of us. You may not initially see her leadership, but that is the true sign of a leader. Leading from behind is the most beautiful way to create results. She leads the entire ranch through her innate magical feminine grace.

Maya is a Registered Quarter Horse (Maybe on a Sunday)

Callie

Callie represents connection. She is calm, loving, and always reaching out for a touch. She is normally the first to greet us when we come out for some horse love. She immediately connected with Maya when Nykole brought her to Oniya to give birth to our next magical being. We are all very excited to see what sweet Callie creates and how having a baby on the land inspires all of us.

Daisy the Donkey

Daisy represents character. You will see when you get here. She is sweet, funny and a little sneaky. Donkey was initially chosen to protect the Overgaard herd in Plentywood, Montana and she has fiercely lived up to her role against the coyote hooligans up North.

Poppy the Donkey

Poppy represents trust. You will have to earn hers, and she will teach you what trust feels like. This rescue donkey came over for a play date with Daisy and never went home. We are all so happy to see this animal living her best life with her new best friend.

Ranch HORSES

Chocolate, Hollywood, Benny and Happy

These guys are adorbs. But don’t tell them that because they are manly Ranch Horses dammit! They are all sweet (except Hollywood can be a little burly, but we think he may just have resting bitch face). This posse of calm and cool guys joined us in 2021 when a friend needed to move off the ranch that they all lived on. He wanted to keep the horses together and we are fans of not breaking up herds, so we welcomed all of them with open arms. They are now our family riding horses and support the healing team when they are specifically requested or if they choose in.

Chocolate is a registered Quarter Horse (Smooth Chocolate Cat)
Hollywood is a registered Quarter Horse (Hillside Lucky Hook)
Benny is a registered Quarter Horse (JLC Chaparrito Okie)
Happy is a registered Quarter Horse (Makin Freckles Happy)

Humans

Kristi Overgaard

Founder

Karla Aus (Sister)

Chief Nurturer

Syd Condrashoff

Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator

Natalie Doyle

Financial Mentor

Jesse Grandy (Mom)

Mother of Oniya

Nykole Holmes

Ranch and Equine Director

Lisa Hurless

Everything Advisor

Michael Romane

Chief Designer

Jon Yunker

Construction and Land Artist

RANCH DOGS

Tate

The Hugger

Mylo

The Sweet Man

Blue

The Constant Fetcher

Annie Oakley

The Crazy One

Willie Nelson

The Pond Junkie

Waylan Jennings

The Loving Brother