PATH Intl. Centers

Region 10 Quarterly Newsletter Fall 2018

New Mexico

Ruth B is considering hosting a 3-day Masterson Method Equine Specialist training clinic at Equine Spirit Sanctuary in New Mexico next year (2019). She is aiming for June and would need a minimum of 7 confirmed participants to host the clinic. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. asap via email to let her know if you would be interested in doing this clinic. If there is enough interest she will start getting everything in motion. Link for more info -

Loving Thunder completed at 12 week riding program over the summer for children in the foster system of New Mexico. Grant funding was procured and provided no cost riding to 12 families. The children ranged in age from 5 to 15. They started their program with learning ground handling skills, bareback riding, and ended with saddle riding and a horse show to exhibit their skills. They completed a drill team pattern including lots of reining, trotting and pattern memorization. One parent was quoted “This program is an experience that all foster children should experience. The horses made them excited each week, they looked forward to grooming (being responsible), and giving respect to the horses and each other, lastly it improved their confidence beyond belief.” 

Loving Thunder featured their 2017 Gypsy Gift Horse at the NM State Fair this year. She paraded up and down main street meet fairgoers up close and personal. “Poetry of Lexlin” has had a busy year including, visits to senior centers, the NM Railyard Market, Ballooning for Downs Syndrome, Walk for Autism, walked through our brand new Big R Store and shopped for her own brush. All while she is being saddle trained at the ranch. She loves all the attention she gets, she is a people magnet and a great Ambassador for promoting therapeutic riding in New Mexico.

New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding has been on the news lately! Our director, Ashley Armijo was recently featured on KOB’S Pay It 4ward segment. Ashley was nominated by her friend, Natalie Butler, for her work at NMCTR. She was surprised by KOB while working with riders at NMCTR, where she was surprised with a $400 award and a BIG thank you for her hard work and dedication to others. Congrats Ashley! NMCTR is so proud to have you! Video Link

NMCTR Receives an $84,000 Grant from the City of Santa Fe Children and Youth Commission
New Mexico Center for Therapeutic Riding received a grant for $84,000 from the City of Santa Fe Children and Youth Commision. The monies will be granted over two year grant cycle and be used to enhance and maintain NMCTR's children and youth programs. NMCTR has a School Outreach Program and a Self-Mastery Program for the children and youth of Santa Fe and surrounding areas. The School Outreach Program provides scholarships for the Santa Fe public schools that gives four classes a semester free therapeutic riding lessons for an 8-week session. The Self-Mastery Program provides scholarships for at-risk teens that are referred from the suicide prevention project, Santa Fe youth shelters and Santa Fe juvenile detention programs.

PATH Intl Therapeutic Riding Centers from all over the state of New Mexico bring their riders with special needs to compete at the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque, NM. The 4th annual Horses Helping People Horse Show was designed to give individuals with special needs an opportunity to compete and have fun in specialized events that demonstrate all their abilities and accomplishments! This year there was independent and supported english classes, independent and supported western classes, veteran classes and a lot of smiles. Video link


StableStridesHorizontalColorWe are so excited to announcement that…from this point forward, Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center will be known as StableStrides. We have a new logo and a new tagline: Health and Healing Through Horses. Video linkPage link

Save the date for the Region 10 Conference, StableStrides (Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center), in Colorado Springs, CO, May 3-5, 2019.

Do you use adopted horses in your program? We want to hear about it! The Right Horse Initiative is working to improve the lives of horses in transition by changing the conversation around equine welfare and massively increasing adoption. Adoptable horses are often healthy, good minded and athletic horses who have found themselves in transition through no fault of their own. The EAAT industry has successfully transitioned many of these horses into therapy roles. Join the conversation and tell your adoption success story at


Hoof Falls & Footfalls Goes International!
By Saebra Pipoly
South Korea Workshop ParticipantsI had the immense honor of traveling to South Korea to work with the Korea Racing Authority (KRA) in August. KRA has a branch of their business that offers therapeutic riding and they were recently contacted by local officials to launch a new pilot program to serve the Korean Firefighters.

During my two weeks in South Korea, I taught a basic and intensive workshop at the Let's Run Park Seoul to therapeutic riding instructors and other equine professionals that came from all over South Korea. The workshop focused on building, teaching, and sustaining an equine program for Firefighters, specifically those who may be exhibiting symptoms of PTSD, acute stress disorder anxiety, stress, and physical ailments due to the unique factors of their job.

This workshop hit very close to home in several different ways. First, after a lifetime with horses I know (and you all know) firsthand how lives can be changed through interacting with horses and I was so excited to share information and techniques with instructors on the other side of the world. Second, I am a police wife (yes...different from firefighters but our families experience a lot of the same things). Seeing the impact that the job and shift work have on first responders is not just something I know about, it is a firsthand reality. Addressing mental health, building resiliency, and keeping our first responders and military personnel not only physically safe but mentally safe should be utmost priority no matter what country they live in.

The equine program for firefighters starts in mid September at various therapeutic riding centers across South Korea. Keep our South Korean instructors (most certified as Registered or Advanced TRI through PATH Intl.) in your thoughts and prayers as they embark on this exciting new journey! I have no doubt they will provide a safe, quality equine program to the Firefighters. I am looking forward to hearing updates (and will share them with you all) about all the amazing things done and lives impacted by our fellow instructors and four footed colleagues in South Korea!

Click Here to view the South Korea- Aug. 2018 Photo Album!

Saebra Pipoly
Owner/Founder of Hoof Falls & Footfalls, LLC
PATH Intl. Advanced TRI, ESMHL, Instructor Mentor
PATH Intl. Registered OSWSC Associate Faculty/Evaluator

Task Analysis: If you are an instructor you have probably heard this term. Task analysis is a key block of the foundation that makes up a solid instructors. A lot of people know 'what' task analysis is...but actually implementing it and the 'how' of task analysis can sometimes seem llusive. Read the blog post here.

This fall, Horses Help will be conducting its first research project with ASU doctoral student and Horses Help volunteer, Allison Solarz. Allison is pursuing her Doctorate of Nurse Practitioner (DNP) in Mental Health degree. For her research project, she will be measuring the effects of Equine Assisted Activities on family function using our Family H.E.R. D. program. H.E.R.D. is an acronym for Honor. Emotion. Respect. Devotion. The family program is designed for all members to experience activities and challenges together while learning about horses. Families will learn about equine communication, care and handling in groundwork activities and challenges such as grooming and leading. It gives an opportunity to learn about the individual person as well as how the family functions together as a whole. The Family H.E.R.D. program is not a therapy program, but rather an opportunity to experience horses and barn-style learning together.

Welcome StephanieSilver Linings would like to welcome our new Executive Director, Stephanie Green. After seven and a half years with Silver Lining Riding, founder Amanda Hart has decided to take some time and be a full time mom. Thank you for your service Amanda!

PATH Intl. Registered Instructor OSWC
November 17-20 (17-19 for workshop; 19-20 for certification)
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December 12-15
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Congratulations to Marci Bender Park City, UT on becoming a PATH Intl. Certified Master Instructor!


Congratulations to Children, Horses and Adults in PartnerShip (CHAPS) Equine Assisted Therapy. The Sheridan Press featured one of their veterans in the article, "Paylor Finds a Second Wind With CHAPS."
Reach 4A Star Riding Academy is excited to have started our veterans’ program due to the generosity of the PATH International Equine Services for Heroes grant. This pilot program allowed us the opportunity serve veterans in our community and get the word out about the power of the horse with healing. We are exploring additional grant opportunities to continue to fund this program and expand services to include family.
Summer was busy with camps this year. Besides providing Leadership Horse Camps for Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming, we partnered again with Central Wyoming Hospice to serve 45 youth ages 6-16 who are experiencing grief. We offer two 3-day camps in order to accommodate this many kids, and we are currently creating a grief camp tailored toward adults. 
Our mental health programs continue to grow with increasing collaborations with a local counseling center as well as the Department of Family Services. We currently offer programs for individuals and groups of adolescents to improve communication skills, problem solving, and team work while working with the horses. The counseling center has requested additional programs for their elementary school aged clients and for clients with chronic mental illness who live in group homes.


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