Antora Youth Ranch

Meet the Staff at Antora

All of our staff and mentors are fully vetted and background checked. Each receives on-going training in Kindred Dialect Horsemanship and Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI). Below are brief bios of our executive director and co-founder.

Becky Curtis: Executive Director

Having been raised in Gunnison, Colorado, from the age of three, Becky grew up with a love for animals, large and small, as well as a soft spot for vulnerable people. After a few years spent traveling and dabbling in college classes, she returned to Gunnison and graduated from Western Colorado University with a degree in Communication & Theater. In 2010 Becky married Clay Curtis and they were licensed as a foster home less than ten months later. She and Clay have since adopted five children, added three biological children to their family, and fostered many others. Becky has received hundreds of hours of training in trauma informed care and has a passion for making people feel seen and valued. Becky is also a Certified Faith Based Equine Assisted Philosophy Facilitator. In 2022 she and Clay co-founded Antora Youth Ranch. Becky can be reached at

Clay Curtis: Co-Founder

Born and raised in Gunnison, Colorado, Clay grew up in a rural neighborhood and developed a love for outdoor adventure. After graduating from college at Mesa State University, he returned to Gunnison to pursue a career in law enforcement, eventually marrying Becky and becoming the early intervention program manager for juvenile services for Gunnison County as well as one of three individuals in Western Colorado qualified to teach TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention). After hundreds of hours of training in trauma-informed care, ten years of experience working with at-risk youth through foster care, adopting five children, and adding three biological children to their family, Clay, along with Becky, co-founded Antora Youth Ranch.

Elizabeth Shaw, Session Supervisor

A Gunnison native, Elizabeth spent the last year working as a wrangler for local outfitters and was most recently employed by the school district. We deeply value her enthusiasm, compassion, quiet wisdom, and consistent willingness to serve and grow. Elizabeth is passionate about helping “wounded and hurting people heal.” She is a Certified Faith Based Equine Assisted Philosophy Facilitator, and we are blessed beyond measure to have her on the Antora team!