Member of the Month: Regan Mays

Please meet the first of two PATH Intl. Members of the month, Regan Mays from PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship in Los Angeles, CA.

Regan has been riding, owning, and showing horses in a variety of disciplines since childhood. She received degrees in Psychology, Drama, and Child and Adolescent Mental Health from New York University (NYU), and is a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Regan has served on the PATH Intl. Credentialing Council since its inception. She’s part of the EAT-PTSD research project with Columbia University and Man O’ War Project, she’s also contributed to PATH Intl. Strides magazine.

Regan’s career of choice has been EAAT from the start. She first learned about EAAT by volunteering at a PATH Intl. center in Scottsdale, AZ over a winter break during college. She first joined PATH Intl. in 2015, after graduating from New York University, when she began the PATH Intl. certification process. She worked as the Equine Coordinator for PATH Intl. Center Member Flying Manes Therapeutic Riding in the Bronx while attending school and currently she’s the creator of Ride On’s Yoga Therapy and equine-facilitated mental health programs. She says her favorite thing about belonging to the EAAT community is the community itself.

We asked her to tell us something about herself that most people don't know and she shared, “I'm allergic to camels!” When asked about a favorite horse? “My first horse, when I was 8 years old, Classic Steel was his registered name. He was a beautiful grulla Quarter Horse, and had been an AQHA World Champion in Trail. He was a perfect first horse and even saw me off to college before passing to greener pastures.” About her participants she says, “All of my riders make me smile in their own special way.”

A life lesson she’s had to learn the hard way? She said, “Hard to share- I'm still learning them! At the moment I'm focusing on the life lesson of "detachment." When we asked her to share a piece of advice with her fellow PATH Intl. Members, she gave a great piece of advice. “Get involved with your communities: from PATH Intl. to the local news station, it only takes one conversation about EAAT to make a difference.” Her wildest dream fulfilled for the next 50 years of PATH Intl. and EAAT? “That the medical community at large will accept and endorse EAAT, so that more individuals can experience and benefit from it.”

When Regan wears her PATH Intl. logo, she said she feels, “gratified.” Well. Regan, PATH Intl. is grateful to spearhead such a wonderful membership community and we couldn’t be happier that you are a part of this bold and fabulous industry!

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