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Mario is a retired vocational teacher (22 years) and is currently one of two driving instructors at Equine Journeys in Bridgton. He lives in Durham where he retrains Standardbreds for therapeutic riding and driving. He is also an avid gardener, cross-country skier and hiker. He has trained the horse in the photo (Andiamo Rob) to scoot wood and pull a sleigh. One of his goals as Maine State Chair for PATH Intl. is to invite collaboration between PATH Intl. and Maine Equine Special Olympics to better serve their mutual athletes.
You can contact Mario at:
160 Cushing Rd.
Durham, Maine 04222
Carlisle Academy Hosts 2nd U.S. PARA-Equestrian Symposium & Train the Trainer Workshop
Carlisle Academy in Lyman, Maine is presenting its second PARA-Equestrian symposium, sanctioned by the USPEA. The event begins Wednesday, May 29 with a Train the Trainer workshop designed for regional and national trainers seeking to increase their knowledge in working with competitive and recreational para-equestrians. Train the Trainer workshop participants stay on for practical rider demonstrations on Thursday, May 30th, the official start of the Para-Equestrian Symposium. The three-day symposium (May 30 – June 1) includes daily training, lectures and individual consults with top para coaches and experts: Hanneke Gerritsen, world-class FEI 5* Judge and Olympic Technical Delegate; Clive Milkins, coach of Great Britain’s gold medal winning Para-Equestrian Team (Grades 1 & 2) for the 2012 Paralympics; and Gil Merrick, coach and trainer, former USEF High Performance Dressage Director.
Two Carlisle Academy Therapists Attain “Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist” Designation
Carlisle Academy is pleased to announce that Susan E. Grant, OTR/L, and Janet Smaldone, PT, have successfully passed the examination for certification as Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist® administered by the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) and certified by the American Hippotherapy Certification Board. Ms. Grant, a resident of Biddeford, Maine and Ms. Smaldone, from Exeter, New Hampshire, are now entitled to the professional designation of Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist® and the use of the initials “HPCS” after their names. This achievement represents a high level of knowledge and extensive experience in the practice of Hippotherapy. Carlisle is extremely fortunate to have two therapists designated Hippotherapy Clinical Specialists. Within our industry, HPCS board-certified credentialing is acknowledged by the American Hippotherapy Association as highest level of professional competency and credentialing. Sue and Janet are the only two therapists with this credentialing in Maine and are among an esteemed group of only 87 therapists world-wide.
Spring Updates from Riding To The Top
Riding To The Top has had a busy start to 2013 with nearly 90 clients participating in programming on a weekly basis. 2013 marks our 20th year of serving our community and we’ve enjoyed putting together a retrospective of photos and milestones that we have achieved since our start in 1993. In 2013, we are expanding our Equine Assisted Learning programs, along with continuing to offer therapeutic riding and hippotherapy services. We were pleased to host this spring’s Maine Meeting for PATH Intl. and were thrilled to have over 30 people in attendance to see Nancy Hohmann’s hands on presentation of a sampling of “Games for All Seasons.” Thanks to Nancy for her presentation and more importantly for writing her book, that does a great job outlining so many creative games to incorporate into therapeutic lessons. We were also thrilled to have a guest in attendance from Singapore!! Needless to say, he got the gift for “Traveled the Furthest”!
RTT will also be hosting a number of special events throughout the year. In May we are looking forward to participating in Maine’s Open Equine Barn Day, with our Annual Horse Show for our riders and an Open House to begin our year-long celebration of our 20th Anniversary. On June 9th, we’ll have our annual Client and Volunteer Ride-A-Thon, followed in July by our Barn to Beach Ride-A-Thon which is open to any horse owners who would love to combine fundraising for RTT with riding on one of the most beautiful beaches in southern Maine during the summer. In August, we’ll have sponsored runners in the Beach To Beacon 10K and later in the month, we’ll be having the 5th Annual Reins of Hope Motorcycle Ride. August 23-26th, RTT will be hosting a PATH Intl. Registered Instructor On Site Workshop and Certification. For more information go to: http://ridingtothetop.org/events.php
Spring Updates from Equine Journeys, Bridgton, Maine
We expanded our Therapeutic Sleigh Driving this past winter and were met with great enthusiasm. Rumor pulled both our converted easy entry cart and a borrowed pung from our farrier, Colleen O’Conner. There is something so exhilarating about gliding over the snow! Our clients dressed for the weather and had quite an unusual lesson driving the sleigh. Blaine Chapman of Bridgton Easy Riders snowmobile club provided the grooming along with staff from Equine Journeys and Momentum.
Our Spring, Summer, Fall, Early Winter program has begun. We have been using the arena to review past lessons and allow the field to dry. Our focus this year will be preparation for Maine Equine Special Olympics. We hope to double our participation level this year with two turnouts and eight athletes.
Tractor club has been doing spring clean-up and rebuilding a snowmobile trailer. They also rototilled the Therapeutic garden. A very enthused group awaits the beginning of hay season.
Therapeutic gardening has begun with soil preparation. Planting will commence on Monday.
Our first fundraiser, Zumbathon takes place next Saturday. The Race/Walk occurs in June and a new Dressage Show in September.
Our staff, Momentum staff, volunteers, and board work hard to support all the work on the farm. Come visit us in the Lakes Region of Maine.
You are invited to participate in the Maine Special Olympics Driving Coach Training to be held in Bridgton, Maine. Please see the two attachments for details.
September 24, 2011
Maine State PATH Intl. FALL Meeting
Equine Journeys at Ring Farm
9 a.m. to Noon
Presentation & Demonstration "Therapeutic Driving!"
Breakfast Pot Luck
PATHIntl. Updates and more...
Equine Journeys at Ring Farm
551 Upper Ridge Rd
Bridgton, ME 04009-4417
PATHIntl. State Chair
The 2011 Silent Auction is collecting unique donations! I know we have a lot of creative talent throughout the region, so donate your talents and diversity at this year's Silent Auction. Remember - all donations are tax deductible. And all proceeds benefit the NESAR/PATH Intl. scholarship Fund!
Donate to the State Basket lets see how big we can get the Maine Basket this year!
Send all of your donations directly to Nichole Sargent or contact via email or phone. You may also donate at the Conference. (Items will be collected at the conference until 8pm Friday night.)
Maine State Chair/Silent Auction Chair
Sargent Family Farm, LLC
On June 12th, RTT will host our Annual Spring Ride-A-Thon for our riders and volunteers followed by two weeks of Partial Day Programming. The month concludes with a PATH Intl. On-Site Workshop and Certification course for Registered Level Instructors. Faculty will be Gisela Rhodes and Terri Devlin. Dates for the workshop and certification are: June 24th – 27th and full registration information can be found at http://www.ridingtothetop.org/files/OSWC_2011.pdf.
In August, our sponsored runners will run on our behalf in the Beach to Beacon Road Race (August 6th). We still have registrations left if there are any running fanatics that were unable to get a number before the race registration closed (5 minutes after opening!). The following weekend, many of our horses, staff, volunteers and other beach enthusiasts will head out to Spurwink Farm for our Barn To Beach Ride-A-Thon where we are able to enjoy the beautiful carriage trails, private Maine beaches and for some, a swim with their horse in the Atlantic at this beautiful private farm. At the end of August we will host a PATH Intl. Interactive Vaulting Workshop and Instructor Certification course with Gisela Heismath Rhodes and Boaz Or. Dates for this workshop are August 25th-27th and registration information can be found at http://www.ridingtothetop.org/files/2011_Vaulting_Workshop_and_Certification.pdf. It’s a busy summer of fun and fundraising for RTT.
We are thrilled and feel very fortunate to announce that we have three major business sponsors this year—Norway Savings Bank is our Lead Event Sponsor, Hannaford has named RTT as one of three beneficiaries of the Hannaford Charity Auction for 2010 and 2011, and Whole Foods Market, Portland along with Denny Mike’s have agreed to be our BBQ sponsors again for this year’s Triple B—Boots, Band and BBQ on October 15th, 2011. Support from our community means so much to RTT and we are so thankful to these three community partners for their generous support.
While this bit of news from RTT is focused on fundraising and continuing education offerings, we all know the reason that we are here is to serve our riders, helping people with disabilities reach their highest potential through the healing power of horses. Our clients, our volunteers, horses and staff know that it takes a huge effort to support our program and we are thankful to everyone who supports our program!!
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Gisela reported she just returned from the beautiful state of Hawaii! She presented a vaulting lecture and demonstration. It was a nice break from the cold hard winter here in Maine. The peepers are finally peeping!
The last State Meeting was held at Hooves of Hope Therapeutic Riding Program in Hermon Maine
Thanks to Respah and her team!
The next State Meeting will be at the Conference at the Nonantum
and tentatively scheduled in the Fall at
Ring Farm Equine Journeys, Bridgton Maine
Look for notifications, emails and facebook for State Meeting Dates and Training Notifications!