#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Nancy Lamphere, 45, Dike, TX

Despite being a self-proclaimed “barn boss,” a horseback riding instructor and someone who used horses to work with juvenile probation cases, Lamphere says it took her almost a lifetime to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up.

The answer: a licensed therapist who incorporates horses into her therapy sessions.

Her career choice comes as a response, she says, of seeing the powerful impact animals can have on people, especially people hurting inside.

Lamphere plans to use her award to purchase a new laptop and printer so she can be more mobile while finishing her associate degree in social work at Paris Junior College.

“I believe my natural gift of encouragement, along with my passion for horses, will be a powerful combination,” Lamphere predicted.

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