About PATH Intl.

Congratulations to Sue Adams the second PATH Intl. Member of the month for March!

Sue Adams proudly declares she works for “Hearts Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. in New Jersey.....Yeah!!” A PATH Intl. Life Member, Sue first joined the association in 1989 and has been a PATH Intl. Certified Advanced Therapeutic Riding Instructor since 1993. She also serves as faculty/evaluator for PATH Intl. instructor candidates.

Sue said her favorite thing about the EAAT community is that it’s ever growing and everyone loves to network. Her first career was as an elementary school teacher, “…till kids came along!” She first learned about EAAT from a small, 2” x 3” article in a horse magazine about Sabastian Riding Associates, a PATH Intl. Center Member in Collegeville, PA. She was, “bitten by the TR bug!”

Most people probably don't know Sue was in a rock band for 10 years, through grammar school, high school and college! Rock on, Sue! About her favorite horse, Danny, her mountain horse, she says, “He took care of me for 19 years and so many program kids for the last seven years of his life. He was safe, willing and could read the kids’ minds to know just how to help them succeed. And he was stoic while they groomed, touched, hugged and kissed him with unending love.” She also relayed, “In the beginning of my EAAT career, I worked with a young, young boy who doctors said wouldn't amount to anything. He started out in full leg braces then went to below the knee, then to moffos. From standing unassisted to walking to running. He was our poster child. He left the program to show his own pony in local shows. He also became a six-time champion with his minis. Now 30 years later, he is a professional welder and just got married. Guess those doctors were WRONG!!!

“Now I love teaching my silver saddle groups. Those over 55 who have always wanted to ride but never had the time in their earlier years. Some have hearing problems, arthritis, delayed processing and assorted other things. But they learn, we laugh and we socialize while having a great time in the ring.”

What’s a life lesson Sue had to learn the hard way? “Forgiveness…Still working on it!! LOL.” She has a great piece of advice to share with her fellow PATH Intl. Members—“Treat the EAAT program as a business. Have a strategic plan, know your community and build a strong staff of devoted people who know their jobs and will get paid well for doing it.” Her dream fulfilled for the future of PATH Intl. and EAAT would be that all programs be federally funded to support individuals with challenges, resulting in a greater number of people active within their communities.

When asked to complete the following sentence? When I wear my PATH Intl. logo (or otherwise display my affiliation), I feel: “Pride in what the association has become and the networking within the EAAT community. Also happy that people recognize the logo and what we do within the industry.”

We hope you’re proud of yourself too, Sue, because you are awesome!

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