My niece has absolutely flourished under Katy’s mentoring and loving encouragement. Katy’s gentleness and God-given insight help her connect deeply with those who are hurting. Her Beautiful Brokenness ministry is a testimony to the power of God’s love to heal and empower and set free. May God continue to bless Katy and grow her life-changing ministry.
I am thankful that we found Beautiful Brokenness. My daughter has loved horses since she was a little girl. When she started suffering with anxiety, we started looking for ways to try to help her. Katy and Beautiful Brokenness was the perfect fit. Through the guidance of Katy, she has learned a better understanding of who she is in Christ. She is now thriving!
Beautiful Brokenness has changed our lives in a great way. We have loved the Lord and horses since we were children. Through the ministry both my daughter and I have been blessed in the depth of the devotions. Katy has a way of helping you open your mind and see things in the Bible verses that you may have not seen in the past.
Katy also is a very gifted horse woman. She loves to show you better ways to communicate with your horses. Taking what we are learning from Katy has improved the relationship with our horses. Not only are we learning how to better communicate with our horses but also good life and leadership skills.
Katy is an amazing minister and lover of people and horses. She has the gift, the gift of relating the message of the Gospel to people through her love and understanding of horses. Her writing draws you into her story of love and redemption and you feel like you know her characters personally. Her approach to ministry by helping people understand the concept of "brokenness" as a means to finding freedom and healing is bar none. She is an incredible communicator and knows how to connect to the people with whom she's ministering. I highly recommend her and Beautiful Brokenness, because once you've been touched by her, you will understand what I mean.
Katy is an amazing woman of God! She is a gifted horsewoman who masterfully integrates natural horsemanship with our walk with God. The result is healing and wholeness for her clients as they give over their grief and pain to God in exchange for His love and grace.
Katy's ministry with her horses is a beautiful testimony to the love of Jesus for us. She is a beautiful soul that has walked with me in some very dark places and hard times. I cannot imagine anyone that would not benefit from spending time with Katy and her animals. They are such a blessing! ♡
Katy is amazing with sharing valuable insights based on her deep intimacy with Jesus. I literally learn something new and relationally healing EVERY TIME we talk. I am stating this as someone who is also a speaker and expert in the field of grief and life recovery. If Katy is ever involved in a project, book, ministry experience, then I’m paying attention.
I met Katy Pistole in 2015 when she came to visit a friend's farm. We have been friends and colleagues ever since. She is an amazing writer, a wonderful counselor with a healing heart for people and a strong abiding love for God. This ministry that puts back together both broken horses and broken people has been an amazing blessing to many. I am happy to recommend Beautiful Brokenness and Katy and continue to support her.
I haven’t met Katy in person, but I met her through a great friend! Katy has been a great person to me she’s helped me even though we don’t talk much it means a lot that i have someone like Katy to always talk to when something is wrong! Also her videos she does online have made a change to my life it makes me think of the good in days and putting the bad days away and opening up to more people than i usually do! just a big thank you to Katy!!
This past year has been simply amazing with Katy. She has helped me learn where my true identity comes from in a way that makes sense to me. She has also taught me, by using a horse, what my relationship should look like between Jesus and myself. Put these two things together and my life has been changed forever! I had battled with depression, poor self image, rejection issues, abuse, suicidal thoughts and more, but changing my thinking and focusing who I belong to and how much He loves me and what He has done for me has freed me from those heavy burdens. I know am enjoying life in peace and joy, when troubles come and can look to Jesus and my mind stays at peace. Thank you Katy and Beautiful Brokenness for helping me. Putting the Bible and horses together life changing!
I am so blessed to have met Katy and Scooter. Her ability to make me see God and what we should be doing (two eyes on Our Father at all times) is so amazing. I get it! In all the years i have had horses, never have i put my relationship with God is such a understandable light. Katy is so patient, well spoken and genuine you can see the anointing God has over her. Thank you Katy and Scooter for helping me through a very difficult journey and seeing myself and my Father on my level. ❤️❤️
I first met Katy Pistole about a year ago when I was looking for a natural horsemanship trainer. Beautiful Brokenness offers a life changing experience with the Good Shepard. This school year I was experiencing severe anxiety at school and Katy started counseling me. Beautiful Brokenness has changed my life. I love how Katy incorporate horses with God. She really has a gift for young girls, woman and horses. I am so grateful for Beautiful Brokenness and Katy Pistole. Katy is such a encourager, sweet, patient and kind. I love how she has a big heart and she knows the true meaning of Christ.
Katy has helped me teach my horse (Lilly) how to trust me and not be fearful. When Katy first came out to give me a lesson with Lilly. Lilly is young, she was really fearful and she would spook with anything. Lilly has come a long way, she has built trust with me. She gets so excited when she sees me come outside to spend time with her.
We first met Katy seven years ago when our then-6-year-old daughter finally got to act on her love of horses with lessons in natural horsemanship from Katy and her assistant, a very sweet mare named Whitestar.
Katy's instruction is wonderful: patient, intuitive and geared to her student's 'place' in understanding horses and how they communicate. It has not only increased our daughter's confidence in her own horsemanship, but has also given her valuable insights on communicating with people and the traits of good leadership, whether dealing with horses or human beings.
Additionally, Katy's horse analogies for one's Christian walk are also succinct and meaningful.
I am the mom of a client. My son, Matthew has Autism. He was blessed to come to Beautiful Brokenness through the RISE program sponsored by Lake of the Woods Church. Katy taught him to lead the horse, White Star, and to Motion for her to stand on a platform. He brushed her and hugged her. He had an enormous smile on his face during the entire time he worked with Katy and White Star. I found myself wiping tears of joy several times. I had been looking for a meaningful “job” for Matthew. Because he seemed to love the horse so much, I asked if I could bring Matthew on a weekly basis to volunteer by cleaning out the barn stalls. Katy welcomed Matthew and I to take on this role. For Matthew, this is his “JOB”. He tells people he works at Beautiful Brokenness horse farm. It has become a weekly joy for him to interact with the horses. He identifies himself as having purpose helping the horses. We have animals at home but there is something about the horses that Matthew loves. Beautiful Brokenness has given him a unique opportunity to serve. It has truly been a blessing for our family!
I once heard a quote that said “If you can’t explain something in simple terms, you don’t understand it well enough”.
Katy has such a gift for explaining in simple terms what a true relationship with Jesus is. Time with her and her ministry will deepen your understanding of what it means to be a child of God, whether you have spent decades in the faith, or mere days.
My fiancée and I were seeing Katy for Christ-centered premarital counseling, and I can not recommend her enough to anyone and everyone who is interested in this kind of counseling.
Katy and Scooter are the epitome of Gods Grace and what He has to offer each and every one of us.
The relationship between God, human and animal are humbly exhibited in this program.
I’ve known Katy for almost 10 years, and she’s been the greatest mentor that anyone could ask for. My Fiancé and I see her for pre-marital counseling, and she has been such a blessing in our lives. Beautiful Brokenness is such an amazing ministry, and I pray that one day it expands even further!
I have never physically been to Beautiful Brokenness in Bumpass, VA. But i can say through following this ministry, reading Katy's books, and speaking with her over the phone...this is the real deal...authentic, down-to-earth, redemptive biblical truth that heals and changes us as women. What could be better? Oh....Just add horses!! God has used these metaphorical principles in my life and my 4 daughters' lives to keep us moving toward Jesus and his desire for healthy wholeness. We have had many opportunities to pass the teaching on to hurting women through our horses...gifts meant to be shared. BBM pays it forward and we can all pay Truth forward...and that's the multiplying power of the Cross. Our kindred paths have crossed and one day i will make it down to Bumpass, VA where i hope our actual paths will cross. Well done Katy, for living broken & given.
Allyn in NH
Beautiful Brokenness videos give me the encouragement I need as I live my life. So much has been broken in my life, and I continue to receive hope and strength.
Katie listens to the words of her clients and also their hearts. She is gifted in the ability to respond in love and truth in a unique way. I've become a donor because I have attended her women's events and have been encouraged and see who I am in Christ with more clarity and joy. I have had much sadness in my life... and like Scooter, find it hard to trust. When Katie invites Scooter to come close to her so she can get on his back, I know it is the same with my God. He motions to me... so I can get on His back. Katie doesn't "control" nor "force" her horses... she enjoys them for who they are. And that is also how God sees me.
Going through Beautiful Brokenness has taught me so much about who God is and who I am in Christ. It has brought me freedom from things I didn't even know I needed to be freed from. I am extremely grateful
I fall into various categories at Beautiful Brokenness Ministries - board member and instructional advisor are two, but awed, changed and grateful are the ones that are immeasurable.
There aren't enough stars to fully rate Beautiful Brokenness Ministries. I love how Katy uses rescued horses in a compassionate, non-judgmental arena to explain human responses to various conditions. Whether her participants are restoring health or building leadership skills, Katy’s prey-predator model provides instant visual clarity that makes perfect sense to all ages. Her method is simple. She listens to our beliefs and offers alternative points of view that are easy to adopt and apply. All along the way, she returns us to her once-distressed prey animals, her horses, to demonstrate how revitalization and redemption lead to harmonious relationships – partnerships, really. You can see Katy’s Love and Life in her most recent book Jubilee and her dance with Scooter in the video on her website. I thoroughly enjoy her workshops and clinics, too. Her guidance resonates within me and beyond, and I see precisely the same radiating effects in other participants. Each of us expresses the same sentiment about our transformative experience, “It’s inexplicable!” It’s as if Katy steers with God’s reins.
God bless you Katy. ~ Can’t wait to join you in the round pen!
The abundant life is not experienced very much in our Christian culture. We, as Christians, know we should have joy and live in God's abundance, but making it happen is an altogether different story! I earnestly sought that abundant life, but instead struggled for 20 years with the crippling effects of clinical depression (8 of those years being treatment-resistant due to Lyme disease). 1 year later, my son committed suicide and then 6 months after that I found out my Mom (and best friend) would die within the same year. I share that because I had gotten to the point of giving up hoping for anything to change. YET God, through Katy and the ministry of Beautiful Brokenness, has taught me how to apply the Truth of God's Word so that I am now able to truly experience the abundant life God promised! Beautiful Brokenness is a transformational, life-changing ministry that I highly recommend!!!
I first met Katy Pistole and Beautiful Brokenness Ministries when I brought Friends from my Lake of the Woods Church's RISE Ministry to handicapped and disabled adults out to her farm near Mineral, VA. Katy was so tender with our handicapped, showing them that they could enjoy being around a horse, then touch them, them pet them and brush their hair and then lead them around the round pen. They even got the horse White Star to step up on a platform. They were thrilled. Each one of them hugged White Star at one time or another and another and another. It was beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes. I'm attaching a photo of Raymond leading White Star in the Round Pen. Our RISE Friends and I have been back twice already and will be returning this October. I am so moved by this ministry I am volunteering time every week and I am now on the Board. It is a privilege to be a part of this ministry.
I've participated in Beautiful Brokenness Ministries in several capacities over the years as a student, participant, and volunteer. Retreats, events, and lessons have changed my life. Katy Pistole, the director and founder, is the best teacher ever and has helped me to further understand my true worth as a beloved child of God, and the peace and freedom that comes with relying on Him. Although I am an older adult, I am aware that her lessons with girls are unique and eye opening for them as they learn about their true worth, and gain confidence and leadership skills. I wish I had Beautiful Brokenness as a young girl! How valuable those lessons are for girls! Much Pain can be prevented, and much joy realized, if those girls put the lessons learned to use, in choosing better life partners! I know of no other ministry that so beautifully demonstrates God's love for us. Many treasure the experience of seeing Katy's dance with her rescued horse Scooter. It is the sweetest metaphor for how God loves us and invites us to dance with him. His love for us is not dependent on our "performance" or behavior, but is always there for us no matter what, providing freedom, comfort, and answers. And if we do choose to dance with Him (as Scooter will dance with Katy), there is nothing more beautiful and satisfying. As I spent time at Beautiful Brokenness, I couldn't help but gain a clearer sense of the sweetness of God's embrace. Katy is wholly ("holy"...pun intended) qualified as a Reverend, author, speaker, counselor, and teacher. I can't say enough about Beautiful Brokenness!
Beautiful Brokenness is a one of a kind, very special ministry. I've witnessed that everyone who gets to know Katy, sees the Christ-likeness in her. Her closeness to our Father is inspiring, and has inspired me to deepen my relationship with Him. Her teachings have gently brought me healing. Her words of truth have broken the lies I've been believing about myself, thus, my life has changed. She and her precious, rescued horse, Scooter, beautifully touch my heart, when I see the way Katy invites Scooter to dance, the way God loves us and invites us to dance. (When Katy rescued Scooter he was completely untouchable and untrusting.) To see the tangible example of an abused, untrusting being, be called by Love to dance, and then dancing with Love, is deeply moving. I saw myself as beautiful Scooter, and wanted to dance more with my Father. Katy presents truth to me in a way that makes it practical to put into practice, whatever the situation. You don't have to be a horse person to experience healing through her retreats and demonstrations, etc.. In my experience with Beautiful Brokenness, I've always seen Katy serve God with total humility and people with compassion. She knows what you need, because she obeys the Father's voice within, to provide it. I wish everyone could experience Beautiful Brokenness on a personal level! Katy's latest book: JUBILEE THE LOVE STORY is fantastic, and I can't wait to read it again soon, when it becomes available!
Beautiful Brokenness is a wonderful, God sent ministry. Katy is very gifted and spirit lead in the way she interacted with both people and horses. My daughter and I have been blessed tremendously through her natural horsemanship program. Not only are we learning how to better communicate with our horses but also good life and leadership skills.
Katy Pistole has opened her heart and spirit and the fruit has been Beautiful Brokenness. I have watched this ministry grow from infancy and I am so proud of Katy and everyone invloved. Beautiful Brokenness is, was and will always be the most remarkable example of the Love of Christ and the beautiful expression of Grace.
Katy's love for the lord and her tender heart for others permeate her messages of hope and reconciliation with God. She is a gifted author, speaker and touches many lives with her work.
What a blessing Katy has been in my life! Her teaching is so applicable to my daily walk with Jesus, and I love the way she uses her relationships with her horses to teach the truths of God's love for us!
Katy has a unique way of impacting people with the Father's heart for us through her stories. When I read The Sonrise Farm Series and when I read Jubilee I just had to get used to the idea that I would have a hard time stopping at any decent time to go to bed!
This ministry reaches people through a variety of creative ways, all with a pristine message and clear communication. And besides all that, she is a wonderful person who lives what she leads.
I support this ministry because she reaches people in such a relational way out of her own beautiful brokenness with a heart who lives from Jesus.
Beautiful Brokenness offers a life and heart changing picture of the Good Shepherd. I have witnessed several of Katy's events and am always amazed by the connection, trust and love she and Scooter share. The ability to see my Heavenly Father in the same way, to see His heart for me - his sheep, is life changing. Your heart and life cannot remain the same after experiencing Beautiful Brokenness.
Thank you, SusieAshland! I love that you can see Him. It's all about Him - right?
Beautiful Brokenness has been such a possitive influence on my life! Katy's messages that she shares through her amazing horses is inspiring and incredible. I only hope many more people can become touched by Katy through her one of a kind ministry.
Katy, and Beautiful Brokenness Ministry has been lifehanging! My time with Katy is always so insightful, empowering and inspiring! I am so thankful for Katy and her horses and her message!
When a terminal diagnosis came for the baby I carried, everything I felt that I knew about God came into question. A few weeks before my due date I attended a Beautiful Brokenness retreat and my eyes opened to the beautiful gift of seeing God for who he was, rather than with faulty beliefs as I had before. This tragedy and retreat experience allowed me to begin to truly know my Father. I will forever be grateful for the blessing of Katy and Scooter, her ministry, and God’s hand in showing me who he is through such a beautiful experience!
Amazing demonstration of how much God loves us and cares for us and how it’s hard for us as his children to understand the grace He offers us. We may beat ourselves up and tell ourselves we aren’t worthy, but God shouts love to us and joyfully tells us through his Word that we are redeemed! Just like Katy redeemed Scooter, God redeemed us - already done! We don’t have to do anything! Believe and receive his grace! I loved learning these concepts through Katy’s Beautiful Brokenness ministry. She has a calling from God and He is honoring her work. Amen!!
This ministry has touched my heart and life and the lives of countless others. The picture of the rescuing love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ love is awe inspiring and captivating. Katie and Scooter show how that love can look when our brokenness meets his mercy and amazing grace. We are afforded a ring side seat to see our Great God move and make a message from a mess. It's a mesmerizing exercise in faith rescuing the broken. I am forever grateful for her obedience and willingness to listen with his heart and ears. She is knowledgeable and Spirit-filled and on an anointed journey of ministry.
I've learned so much about Natural Horsemanship through this ministry, and it has really improved my relationship with my little mare, Remy. But the spiritual truths I've experienced in a new way are even more important. I'm a visual learner: through the ministry of Beautiful Brokenness, I've not only learned about Scriptural truths and principles - I've seen them. I've seen the relationship God desires to have with each of His children illustrated through Scooter's relationship with Katy. I've seen the Lord's vast love and tender care for me represented through Katy's affection and care for Scooter. I've learned leadership and relational skills and principles.
Every time I left after spending time with Katy and the horses from Beautiful Brokenness, I had received a new nugget of truth, word of wisdom, or powerful illustration to mull over, meditate on, or ponder. As I told my mom soon after I got involved with the ministry: "Every time Katy opens her mouth, some incredible truth comes out!" God has truly gifted Katy with the ability to recognize and communicate such amazing parallels between our relationships with our horses and His relationship with us.
The ministry's core message of identity - who we are to and in Christ, and who He is to and through us - is so relevant and is sorely needed by today's girls, who are being fed so many lies by our culture! They desperately need the falsehoods they've been believing, about God and themselves, to be broken down by Truth! And when truth is communicated in such a unique way, using those beautiful, majestic creatures that almost all girls are magnetically drawn to, it is doubly effective and can soften even the hardest of hearts.
God has used Beautiful Brokenness to deepen my understanding of and relationship with Him, and I'm excited to see the ministry continue to grow and expand so that it can touch even more lives!
My grand daughter, was broken when she came to live with us. She had been once again rejected by another mom. Her dad was in Iraq fighting a war. Through loving the horse and caring for it, all the anger, hurt, rejection and fear that God would reject her too was lifted. Katie showed her God's unconditional love and acceptance.
I enjoy giving to organizations that share Jesus while helping others. Beautiful Brokenness made it to the seven I support, because I've seen Katy's love for Jesus shine from her as she loves others (and horses) and because I experienced a nudge from God to support her fresh, growing ministry.
Thank you! We are so grateful for your prayers and support!
Katie and Scooter have the offer the most unique experiences with God possible. Once you see them in action, Beautiful Brokenness is exactly what you are looking for girls and young women to experience learning about God. I love the way that Katie and God interact in everything from rescue, Redemption and Reconciliation. I very special mission that I truly support.
Thank you Shirley!
My daughter had the truly unique opportunity to spend time working with Katie in Beautiful Broken Ministries. As time passed I began to see that Katie makes connections in unexpected ways. Her gentle approach with those around her, both human and equine, is disarming in a way that allowed my daughter to grow in ways that I could have never anticipated. What happens at Beautiful Brokenness isn't magic, but it sure feels that way sometimes. It is something that is difficult to explain and can probably only be understood by experiencing Katie's very special message in person.
Thank you Patrick!
Katy and Beautiful Brokenness Ministry is top notch. The love of our Lord Jesus and the love of his creations and how Katy's soft tenderness of love is around all that know her. Her horses, Scooter in particular, he was so broken and now he is so precious, trusting, loving to all that meet him. The seminar/clinics where Katy shares her love and knowledge is precious to everyone that attends. She demonstrates such a beautiful picture of healing. I am so grateful to know Katy and witness her ministry with the horses and people. Keep spreading the word Katy!
Thank you Robin! Hope to see you and the Sheriff soon!
Little did I know when Katy and I became friends that I would be the recipient of her unique ministry, Beautiful Brokenness! My background isn't much different from then many of you out there, but I can tell you, it was through her ministry that I truly found myself. I experienced healing on a level that no other therapist or councilor I'd ever seen had been able to achieve with me, a lasting healing, one where I for the first time experienced peace that continues to this day! Katy uses the relationship with horses to effectively demonstrate our relationship with our Heavenly Father. I will be forever grateful for all that she has shown me through this unique ministry!! Thank You Katy for helping me to truly enjoy my life.
Thank you so much Kim!
The first thing I noticed when I drove up to the farm was the peaceful expression on the horses. Scooter and Dreamsicle were both loose in the yard. They were neither trying to get away (from annoyance, boredom, or fear) nor were they rudely walking over people like spoiled pets. Instead, they were simply hanging out with us like fellow members of a happy herd.
Over the next several months of working with the horses of Beautiful Brokenness, I came to learn a lot of things about myself -- my strengths and weaknesses and how to work with them. And Katy was always around with a gentle, easy-to-learn lesson about God and His awesome love for us. I would recommend this ministry to anyone.
Thank you Esther! You are a joy!
Katy and Beautiful Brokenness are such a beautiful picture of redemption and healing. We are so grateful to Katy and her ministry. Our daughter came from a very difficult situation at an orphanage. The love and healing she has received through Katy and her horses are immeasurable.
Through Beautiful Brokenness, Katy combines the Exchanged Life truths with the unique therapy of natural horsemanship. This enables her to reach both youth and adults who have experienced trauma at the hands of humans by showing them God's love and safeness through horsemanship. I highly recommend Katy and her equine friends!
Katy's equine demonstrations, not unlike the sheep and Shepherd metaphors in Scripture, are a beautiful way of illustrating how it is possible to let go of fear and mistrust and instead live in faith. She shares a hope-filled message in a truly delightful and captivating way. Beautiful Brokenness, as a ministry, has so much to offer people who are fearful, broken, and hurting. I've had the privilege of participating in many of her events and demonstrations, and I could see how this message touched so many lives.
Thank you Mrs. Wellons! I miss you bunches. Hope to get down there to see you!
Beautiful Brokenness Ministry truly has been life changing for me. The picture of brokenness Katy uses to show us how much God loves us truly opened my heart and mind to seeing God's love for me in a way life never before.
I wish everyone could see the presentation live and in person. I highly recommend it to anyone, especially young women.
Thank you! Our heart's desire here at Beautiful Brokenness, is to provide a living picture of God's heart and provision FOR His beloved. Rescued! Redeemed! Reconciled!