Challenge U is helping people develop Emotional Intelligence, Effective Communication, Connection and Healthy Relationships through the wisdom of the horses.  Why horses?

Upcoming Events

  • GIFT ONE, GIVE ONE 2020 Holiday Offer
    Fri, Jan 01
    Challenge U, LLC
    This holiday season, we've designed a Gift One, Give One opportunity for those wishing to share the Challenge U experience with a loved one AND support another in need such as First Responders, Front Line Workers or someone else deserving of your choice in the Greater Kansas City area.

We are eager to host guests at Challenge U Ranch and welcome an opportunity to discuss your visit! Consider the following programs that are in development.

  • Couples Focus: Connection, Communication, Appreciation of Our Differences


  • Transforming Anxiety and Stress: Creating peace and calm, quickly!


  • Families - The New Normal: Reconnecting, Thriving vs Coping


  • Taking Care of Our Frontline People (those serving as first responders): Release, Rejuvenate, Redefine


  • Corporate - Team Development: Reconnecting and  Rebuilding Trust

Ask about our newly formed partnership with Horses & Heroes and programs for Veterans and First Responders and their families.


  • We offer individual private sessions with the horses. These sessions can be therapeutic or have coaching focus.


  • Want to build a relationship with your horse? Ask us about the work we do to help you create a true partnership with your horse.

Please contact Andi Burgis to create a private
custom format for you or your group.

The equine-assisted model helps individuals learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses and then debrief feelings, behaviors, and patterns, recognizing how these may relate to the workplace or at home. While Equine Experiential Learning (EEL) is related to other experiential programs, equine-assisted programs have the added element of horse life skills and knowledge with as many different personalities and attitudes as the humans they are working with. The horses provide an amazingly clear and non-judgmental level of feedback and mirroring to each participant; we just don’t get this kind of feedback from other humans since information goes through our own human “filters” of past experience.  Horses simply don’t do this; they are ever present in each current interaction.

Challenge U is donating a handful of private equine sessions to First Responders and Veterans. Please contact Andi if you or someone you know would like to participate in one of these sessions.

Typical Outcomes from an Equine Experience:

  • Build self realization in a powerful , energetic way

  • Become aware of your energy and how to transfer to positively influence others

  • Increase communication effectiveness

  • Increase connection with self and others

  • Experience the value of being present in your relationships

  • Achieve clarity about who you are and what you desire.

  • Achieve clarity about the possibilities that exist for you and your life.

  • Identify patterns inhibiting movement into the personal satisfaction you seek.

  • Create authentic relationships and community.

  • Reduce stress and increase mind-body awareness.

  • Learn effective and congruent communication skills.

  • Increase teamwork.

  • Learn to identify and set healthy boundaries.

Coming in from out of town or just need a night away? We are pleased to share details on our preferred lodging partner. An iconic destination for than more 125 years, The Elms Hotel & Spa is renowned for its beautifully appointed Excelsior Springs accommodations, lavish amenities, lovely grounds and gardens and standard-setting service. Situated in the heart of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, The Elms Hotel & Spa is near Kansas City and is close to attractions like the Hall of Waters, as well as area vineyards, wineries, golf courses and historic sites, and the hiking trails in the many nearby parks. They are just 35 minutes from everything there is to see and do in Kansas City, and they are just 20 minutes from Challenge U! Our corporate code is shared upon registration for any of our on-site workshops and events.