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Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 04/26/2017

I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Staff:

Chief Staff Officer:  Sarah Bronson

Employees:   Full-Time:  3  Part-Time:  12  Volunteers:  160

Does your organization utilize a management company for management and administration? No

Describe your training process for employees and volunteers and the types of human resource documents used in your organization including job descriptions, evaluations, etc. Volunteers: Application, orientation, interview, job shadow, placement, supervision. Ongoing one-on-one and group education and training.
Staff: Application, interview, background check, orientation, weekly supervision, annual written performance evaluation. Professional development: workshops, conferences and clinics.
HR documents: HR policies, Job Descriptions, Conflict of Interest statements, PATH Intl. certification for all instructors.

Governing Body:

Board meetings per year:  7

Number of Board Members:  11  Number of Voting Board Members:  11

Board Compensation:

Is Board Chair compensated?  No  Is Treasurer compensated?  No

Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated?  No

Board Relationships:

Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? No

Board Affiliations:

Are any Board members or Staff associated with and/or compensated by another organization with a relationship or business affiliation to your organization? No

Conflict of Interest:

Does your organization have a written conflict of interest policy and regularly and consistently monitor and enforce compliance with the policy, including requiring officers, directors or trustees, and key employees to disclose annually interests that could give rise to conflicts?  Yes


II. PROGRAMS

1. What percent of your total programs and services are horse-related? 100

2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
     RTT serves nearly 200 clients each year, 65 percent of whom are children ranging in age from 3 to 17. These individuals have a wide range of disabilities that include but are not limited to: cerebral palsy, brain injury, autism, learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis, emotional disorders, Down syndrome, developmental delays, sensory integration dysfunction and ADD/ADHD. Clients are referred to RTT by doctors, therapists, social workers, teachers, guidance counselors, social service agencies, family members, and friends. Clients come to RTT as individuals, or as part of programming through their residential homes, local schools or nursing homes. RTT is a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center (Accreditation in the areas of mounted, unmounted and driving activities). As Maine's only year-round PATH Intl. Accredited Center solely dedicated to serving people with disabilities, RTT has clients and volunteers who come from over 45 towns (six counties) in southern and mid-coast Maine, traveling at times more than an hour to receive services.

3. Enter the total number of facilities/locations where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for: 1

4. Describe your non-horse-related programs, services or activities you provide, including those involving other animals. We have and Equine and Environmental Experiential Learning program for our School groups where we utilize our trails for riding/carriage driving but also for walking/snowshoeing as a means of keeping our clients physically active and engaged during their time at the farm.

5. Does your organization operate programs involved with animals other than horses?  No



III. POLICIES

1. Describe your equine management philosophies, practices, policies and operations with respect to the use of the horses in your program, including the rehabilitation and retraining (if applicable), ongoing training, schooling and exercising plan for each horse and your policy as to the number and condition of the horses accepted by your organization. 
     Riding To The Top is committed to offering Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) to individuals with disabilities in a safe and nurturing environment (for both horses and humans). We are diligent in the selection of our horses and continually monitor their progress in training and desensitization for work in our EAAT environment. We have an Equine Manager and a dedicated Schooling Team who work with our horses on the ground and under saddle to maintain their mental and physical health and well-being. Horses coming to RTT must be fit and in good health; as such we do not accept horses that are significantly underweight, out of shape or who have chronic health issues. We prefer to have our horses turned out 24/7 (with shelter and water); therefore we are careful about how many horses we can have on our property. At present, our maximum capacity is 16 horses.

2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase, auction sale, retirement). 
     Horses at RTT may be acquired as donations, purchases, or by free-lease agreement. In order to ensure that the prospective equine will meet the needs of the organization, we have several documents that help to define the arrangement (donation, purchase, free-lease), the progress of the horse during their trial period and the specific training that is done with the horse to determine the horse's suitability for EAAT work. In the case of a donation or free-lease, we encourage owners to participate in the process to ensure that they are comfortable with the placement of their horse at RTT.

3. Describe under what circumstances horses leave your organization. Please describe in detail your horse adoption/fostering practices and procedures including any recruitment initiatives you have to attract potential adopters. Please include your policies and practices with respect to horses that are no longer useful or manageable and horses that need to be retired. 
     RTT is committed to the health and well-being of our horses. In the event that a horse is no longer able to safely work in our mounted EAAT program, we explore the possibility of the horse being able to participate in ground lessons. If the decision is made to retire the horse from all EAAT services, we pursue safe, lifetime placement of the horse in an appropriate new home. This includes the requirement of references, discussion with new owners the health history of the horse to ensure to the highest degree possible that the horse will have a good "forever" home. (from RTT Policies and Procedures--PATH Intl. Accreditation Manual)

4. For new horses, describe your initial assessment process for each horse (i.e. physical examination, test ride, health record, Coggins test, quarantine, veterinary consult, etc.). 
     New horses are visited ideally two times by program staff members and are observed during both ground work and under saddle (on lead and off lead). Once the decision is made to move forward with a donation, free-lease or purchase, appropriate records are obtained including appropriate veterinarian, farrier, dental and any other health records. We consult with our veterinarian and for purchases have a pre-purchase examination completed. In general, horses are placed in individual turnout during their trial period to ensure that there are no herd related injuries that might occur in group turnout. Should complete vet records not be available more significant quarantine procedures and/or precautions are taken. We have an excellent relationship with our veterinarian and she is especially helpful in vetting horses for us--not only from a physical exam but also in looking at the temperament of the horse and knowing the needs of our program.

5. Describe your overall horse health care plan and how you assess and monitor the health of your horses on an ongoing basis. Include a description of your vaccination and worming schedule. Include a description of your health/veterinary care plan for at-risk animals, geriatric horses and horses with serious issues. 
     Our horses receive their annual vaccinations and a physical exam from our veterinarian each spring. In addition, our equine dentist floats all members of the herd annually, with additional visits scheduled as needed depending on their exam. Our worming schedule is based on fecal counts obtained multiple times per year and in consultation with our veterinarian. If at any time a member of our herd appears to be unhealthy, not thriving or in acute distress, we consult with our veterinarian first by phone and arrange a vet call if necessary. In addition, we consult with a veterinarian who performs equine chiropractic and acupuncture work. He is available for monthly consults for our herd and makes recommendations based on his chiropractic and acupuncture work. In the event that our budget needs tightening, our budget line items for horse care are non-negotiable. As part of our budgeting process we are aggressive in budgeting our horse care line items, to cover unanticipated veterinary expenses.

6. What is the euthanasia policy? Please include specifically under what circumstances your organization will euthanize a horse and whether your organization will euthanize a healthy but difficult horse for space: 
     In situations where an acute health situation arises, consultation with our equine veterinarian will occur to discuss humane treatment of the horse taking into consideration pain and suffering, overall health and condition, potential for recovery, etc. In the event that pain and suffering will likely continue and/or treatment options are hi-risk with a very guarded outcome, RTT will consider euthanasia. (from RTT Policies and Procedures--PATH Intl. Accreditation Manual) Under no circumstances would RTT euthanize a healthy but difficult to manage horse.

7. What is the breeding policy? Please include specifically if horses become pregnant while in your care, and if there is a no-breeding clause in the documentation your organization uses to adopt, donate, sell, etc. a horse: 
     NA

8. Does your organization provide horses to any facility to use in research or medical training? 
     No

9. If your answer to Question 8 is 'Yes', please explain where and for what purpose horses are provided to use in research or medical training?  NA

10. Does your organization sell, donate or give a horse to an auction? 
     No

11. If your answer to Question 10 is 'Yes', describe under the circumstances where you have sold, donated, or given a horse to an auction, or where you would sell, donate, or give a horse to an auction. NA

12. Does your organization place horses in foster care? 
     No

13. If your answer to Question 12 is 'Yes', describe how foster homes are selected, screened, and monitored and address all the questions below for each foster home in the space provided: NA

14. What is the average equine adoption fee/donation received by your organization: Not applicable; None received

15. Adoption Fee Policies
  Not applicable; Fees are not collected; Horses are not offered for adoption.

16. What is your position regarding varying adoption fees vs. one set fee:
  Our organization has never considered this concept.
  Other considerations are provided below.

17. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed: We do not do any adoption placement therefor have not considered fees.



IV. FACILITIES

This section must be completed for each facility/location where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for. For example, if the applicant is involved with horse rescue and utilizes foster care facilities, the applicant must complete this section for each foster care facility. If the applicant provides equine assisted activities/services to the public at more than one location, the applicant must complete this section for each location that horse-related services are provided. If your organization uses the facility of another organization, please enlist the aid of that organization in answering the questions.

Total facilities at which our organization operates horse-related programs: 1

.

Location 1 of 1
Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

14 Lilac Dr. Windham ME 04062

1. Facility General Questions

1. Name of Contact: Sarah E. Bronson

2. Contact's Phone: 207-892-2813

3. Contact's Email: sbronson@ridingtothetop.org

4. Does your organization own, lease or use a part of this facility? Own

5-8. Not Applicable.

9. Does your organization operate programs involving horses AT THIS FACILITY that serve individuals with special needs, including but not limited to equine assisted activities and therapies? Yes

10. Enter the total number of instructors/trainers (full-time and part-time) involved with your organization's horse-related programs at this facility: 11.


2. Facility Horse-Related Questions

1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 15

2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. Riding To The Top has nine paddocks and two large grazing fields. Five paddocks have run-in sheds and heated water tanks allowing most horses to be turned out 24/7 year-round. Fencing is a combination of Electrobraid and wooden rails and is tested and inspected regularly. In addition, we have a 10 stall barn to accommodate horses that due to age or temperament do better being stalled at night. The RTT philosophy regarding equine husbandry is that horses are healthiest when allowed to move about freely.

3. Describe how you manage the use of your pastures/paddocks given the size and number of your pastures/paddocks and the number of horses you have at this facility.
     The majority of our horses are turned out in groups of 2-3 horses depending on paddock/pasture size. We are diligent in finding pairings of horses that are compatible, watching for dominance issues and other herd behaviors that can impact the health of the herd members (e.g. feeding time behaviors, etc.). Our large grazing fields are rotated for use between different members of the herd who can tolerate full day grazing. Turn out is determined to maximize herd health and to minimize issues with staff/volunteer safety in moving horses to and from pastures during lessons.

4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 20

5. Describe the area where your training, riding and equine related activities are conducted, including what type of footing/surface is utilized and what factors were considered to determine the suitability and condition of the area for the activities conducted.
     We have a heated indoor arena (kept at 45 degrees during the winter months) which is utilized for the vast majority of our training and EAAT lessons. The footing in this arena is a base of stone dust topped with putty sand (very fine) and treated biannually with magnesium chloride for dust control. We have found that this footing provides adequate cushion for our horses while being firm enough for our volunteers who lead and side walk during lessons. The temperature of the arena in the winter is a good balance for our horses, riders, volunteers and instructors. We are careful to not allow our horses to overheat in the winter and manage this with clipping and blanketing as needed. In addition, we have an outdoor arena with sand footing that is used during the spring, summer and fall; and miles of trails with soft footing.

6. Is the facility in compliance with the Care Guidelines for Rescue and Retirement Facilities prepared by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (whether or not your organization is directly involved with rescue and retirement)? Yes

7. If no, please explain and specifically describe the areas in which the facility is not compliant. Not Applicable

8. If this facility is recognized as compliant with the published standards of another applicable organization, and/or accredited by another applicable organization, including any state licensure or registration process, please provide the details.
     Riding To The Top has been Accredited by PATH Intl. (formerly NARHA) since 2000, meeting or exceeding all of PATH Intl's core administrative, program and facility standards. Our most recent Accreditation visit occured in Dec. 2016 where we scored 100% on all applicable standards.

9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
     RTT owns our own truck and two trailers.

10. Do the horses have specific tack assignments? Yes

11. Describe the plan, process and/or procedures to insure appropriate assessment of tack and the use for saddle fittings, tack, blankets, etc.
     Each horse at RTT has his/her own Bitless Bridle (and may have a bitted bridle as well), their own grooming bucket and several saddles that have been fit to the horse by our Equine Manager and/or Program staff. As weight or top lines change we update our saddle fit chart.

12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
     RTT has a photo reference sheet that is prominently displayed in program areas with each horse's photo, name, age and breed identified. In addition, we have a Horse Profile book that gives a quick reference to each horse and their leading characteristics so that a volunteer new to a certain horse could look at their "bio" and learn a bit about the horse, in addition to the information shared with volunteers verbally by our Volunteer Coordinator and Instructors.

13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
     Other than horses that may be on stall rest due to injury, we do not have any horses that are stall bound. We maximize turnout time for all of our horses with the vast majority of our horses having 24 hour turn out with shelter and heated water tanks (in the winter). Stalling at night is needed by only a few members of our herd and we determine this based on age and temperament, along with weather conditions.

14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
     RTT consults with our veterinarian and an equine nutritionist to provide optimal nutrition for our herd. We feed hay 3-4 times/day along with a diet of dengie, oats, rice bran, beet pulp and senior feed for those horses who need it. In addition, we provide supplements to balance their diets and boost their digestive and immune systems. We monitor our horses' weight regularly and adjust feed as needed.

15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
     While we are familiar with the Henneke Body Conditioning Score, we do not presently utilize this to adjust feeding/exercise practices for our herd. As noted above, we consult regularly with our vet and an equine nutritionist regarding feed and weight issues.

16. Please describe your activities to limit or control the advent and spread of disease within your facility (Biosecurity plan). This should include but is not limited to your manure management and disposal procedures, your carcass disposal plan and your parasite control plan. Please indicate the role of your veterinarian in the development and implementation of your overall plan.
     RTT has a worming program developed in conjunction with our veterinarian that utilizes fecal samples and traditional worming for maximum effectiveness. In addition, all stalls are cleaned daily and turnouts are picked multiple times per week. During the spring, summer and fall, turnouts are dragged regularly. Our manure is stockpiled and regularly turned for optimal composting and whatever we are not able to use for fertilizer, is removed from the property at least two times per year. In the event of euthanasia, RTT utilizes above ground burial at a certified site.

17. Please describe your emergency preparedness plans that address weather related issues, fire safety procedures and/or any additional hazardous scenarios your facility could potentially experience.
     RTT has a full risk management plan that is part of our PATH Intl. Accreditation Manual. In our Risk Management Plan, we have identified the Plan of Action and the person(s) responsible for each of the following areas: Natural Disasters, Equipment Operation, Human and Equine Safety and Injuries, and Conduct of Personnel and Participants. We also have worked closely with our local Fire Department having them provide inservices on First Aid/Safety for our staff and by being the host site for a Large Animal Rescue workshop for the Cumberland County Animal Rescue Team.

18. Please describe the security in place at the facility or facilities to restrict public access and to keep horses safe. Do you have a security system and/or on-premises caretaker?
     RTT has an on-site tenant who oversees after hours activities. Our horses' turnouts are in secure fencing that is checked regularly. Our main building (program space and indoor arena) has a fully monitored fire alarm system and is fully sprinkled.

19. Provide the contact information for the individual or organization responsible for investigating abuse in the county where the facility is located, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     Maine State Animal Welfare Program. Contact info: 207-287-3846 or toll free at 1-877-269-9200; email: animal.welfare@maine.gov; Physical Address: Deering Building, 90 Blossom Ln., Augusta, ME 04330

20. Other than the animal control authority noted above, provide the contact information for all local, state and/or national authorities with whom your organization engages to address issues impacting horse welfare, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
     MSSPA; 279 River Road, Windham, Maine 04062 207-892-3040 (mailing address: PO Box 10; S. Windham, ME 04082) Maine Farm Bureau--Horse Council-4 Gabriel Drive, Suite 1 Augusta, ME 04330 207-622-4111


Veterinarian Information

View The Vet Checklist conducted on 04/05/2017

Veterinarian: Rachel Flaherty

Clinic Name: Back Cove Equine Veterinary Services    Street: PMB 1243    City: Portland  State: ME    Zip: 04103

Phone: 207-232-4316    Email: backcoveequine@outlook.com


Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)

     1. Instructor: Catherine Fellows

     2. Instructor: Cynde Putney

     3. Instructor: Elizabeth Sterling, RN

     4. Instructor: Ginger Anderson

     5. Instructor: Heidi Symonds

     6. Instructor: Mario Pascarelli

     7. Instructor: Marissa LaGassey

     8. Instructor: Martha Love

     9. Instructor: Renee Chervenak, MD

     10. Instructor: Sara Conant

     11. Instructor: Sarah Bronson


3. Facility Horse-Related Inventory Questions

1-a. Enter the total number of horses involved with your organization's programs that are currently housed at this facility: 16.

1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 15

1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 18

2016 Horse Inventory

1-d. Did your organization operate programs involving horses HOUSED AT THIS FACILITY during January 1-December 31, 2016? Please select Yes or No. Yes

Additional explanation:The above staff expenses do not take into account volunteer hours spent assisting with horse care. In addition, we had $1200 in retirement support for one of our horses who we retired a number of years ago and who we support with $100/month towards his care. At the end of 2016, we had 17 horses on our farm, with 16 of them involved with our program. The 17th horse is privately owned by our equine manager and is not involved with our program. So while not "retired" he is not part of our program herd.

16 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2016.

           + 1 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.

           + 0 2-c. Total number of horses returned.

17 = Total of 2a-2c

           - 0 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.

           - 0 2-e. Total number of horses transferred to another facility during the year.

           - 0 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.

0 = Total of 2d-2f

17 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2016.

            17 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.

            0 2-i. Total number of horses permanently retired.


2016 Horse Care Costs

$24845     Feed (Grain/Hay).

$1170     Bedding.

$13680     Veterinarian.

$8481     Farrier.

$940     Dentist.

$0     Manure Removal.

$9637     Medications & Supplements.

$3234     Horse/Barn Supplies.

$54044     Horse Care Staff.

$0     Horse Training.

$0     Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.

$116031     2016 Total Horse Care Costs

$     2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs

6023     Grand total of the total number of days each equine was in the care of this facility during 2016.

Average cost per day per horse: $19
Question 3 ($116,031 ) divided by Question 4 (6023).

Average length of stay for an equine: 354 days
Question 4 (6023) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (17).


4. Self Assessment

I. Facility & Grounds
A.Operational

     1. Signage: Are rules, restrictions and warnings posted in or near appropriate areas? All of the time

     2. Lighting: Are rules, restrictions and warnings posted in or near appropriate areas? All of the time

     3. Emergency Contacts: Are emergency contacts posted in easily accessible locations for staff members if only cell phones are available or by each phone if landlines are available? All of the time

      4. First Aid Kits: Are human and equine first aid kits up-to-date and easily accessible? All of the time

B. Structural

      1. Condition of surface: Are horses provided a clean, dry area on which to stand & lay? All of the time

      2. Flooring - drainage & traction: Are floors constructed and maintained for both good drainage and traction? All of the time

      3. Ventilation for enclosed shelters: Is there adequate ventilation and circulation to control temperature and prevent buildup of toxic gases? All of the time

      4. Electrical wiring condition: Is wiring inaccessible to horses and maintained for safety? All of the time

      5. Fire Prevention & protective measures: Are fire prevention and protection measures including fire alarms, extinguishers and sprinkler systems, maintained and in good working order? All of the time

      6. Quarantine/Isolation: Is there a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine? Yes

      7. Ill/injured containment: If horses live outside, is there a designated and separate area (stall or enclosure) to house ill/injured horses?

      8. Are the horses housed in stalls/enclosures? Yes-Some of the time

      8-a. If yes, Stall/enclosure size: Do structures allow horses to lie down, stand up and turn around? All

      8-b. If yes, Stall/enclosure cleanliness: How often are stalls/enclosures cleaned? 6-7 days a week

      8-c. If yes, Adequate ceiling & beam height: Is there a minimum of 12 inches above the tip of the horse's ear when standing? All of the time

C. Paddocks/Yard/Pastures/Turnout

      1. Turnout/Exercise Space & opportunity: Is there space and opportunity for horses to exercise or be turned out? All of the time

      2. Fencing - type, height, safety: Are these spaces appropriately fenced? All

      3. Use of electric wire or tape fence: Are electric wires or tape fence visibly marked? Please select 'All or NA' if electric wire or tape fence is not used. All or NA

      4. Condition of fences & gates: Are fences and gates functioning properly by being maintained and repaired when needed? All

      5. Condition of paddock/yard: Are these spaces free from equipment and debris? All

      6. Availability of shelter: Are natural or man-made shelters available to horses for protections from elements? All of the time

      7. Cleanliness: How often are these spaces cleaned? 4-5 Days a Week

II. Horse Care

      1. Hoof Care: How often is hoof care provided for each horse? Every 1-2 months

      2. Dental Care: How often is dental care provided for each horse? Annually

      3. Physical Examinations: How often is each horse given a physical exam by a veterinarian? Annually

      4. Horse checks: How often are horses visually and physically checked by personnel at the facility? 6-7 days a week

      5. Food & Water Storage: Are all hay, feed, grain and water sources clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals? All of the time

      6. Drinking water: How often do horses have access to clean drinking water? All of the time



6. Public-Related Questions
(required if programs serve individuals with special needs)

1. How many clients participate in the programs at this facility? 155

2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 58

3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 44

4. What is the average wait list time? 6 Months(Weeks/Months/Years)

5. How many hours per day does each horse work? (Estimate or Average)

    Mounted: 2.00  Un-Mounted: 0.00  Total: 2

6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) 5

7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 90%

8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. Total number listed in question #1 is the number of unduplicated clients served annually by Riding To The Top. On a weekly basis, RTT serves, on average, 80-90 clients.


V. Instructors/Trainers


     1. *Instructor: Catherine Fellows

         *Facility Participation:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH Intl.

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2005

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Catherine is certified as an Advanced Level Instructor with PATH Intl.

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Catherine has worked in the field of EAAT for since 2005 teaching therapeutic riding and working alongside therapists providing hippotherapy services. She has a background in eventing and has significant training in natural horsemanship. She has been the Equine Manager and an Instructor at RTT since 2013.


     2. *Instructor: Cynde Putney

         *Facility Participation:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH Intl.

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2013

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.PATH Intl Registered Level Instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Cynde completed her Instructor In Training hours for PATH Intl. at Riding To The Top and became certified in August of 2013. She is a horse owner and takes regular lessons.


     3. *Instructor: Elizabeth Sterling, RN

         *Facility Participation:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH Intl.

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2000

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.PATH Intl. Registered Level Instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Elizabeth is a psychiatric nurse and blends her professional experience with her horsemanship skills to teach effective lessons to a wide variety of clients.


     4. *Instructor: Ginger Anderson

         *Facility Participation:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH Intl.

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2014

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.PATH Intl. Registered Level Instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Ginger is a creative instructor whose positive energy translates well to all of her students. She is the Training and Education Coordinator at RTT in addition to being an instructor.


     5. *Instructor: Heidi Symonds

         *Facility Participation:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH Intl.

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2009

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.PATH Intl. Registered Level Instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Heidi is a creative therapeutic riding instructor, approaching her lessons in a holistic manner.


     6. *Instructor: Mario Pascarelli

         *Facility Participation:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH Intl.

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2006

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Mario is certified by PATH Intl. as a Level I Driving Instructor.

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.Special Olympics Driving Coach

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2010

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Mario is certified as a Special Olympics Driving Coach and Trainer.


     7. *Instructor: Marissa LaGassey

         *Facility Participation:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH Intl.

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2013

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Registered Level Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Marissa is a per diem instructor for RTT and teaches all levels of therapeutic riding.


     8. *Instructor: Martha Love

         *Facility Participation:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH Intl.

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2011

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Registered Level Certification by PATH Intl.

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Martha has a deep background in teaching all levels of equestrians in multiple disciplines. She utilizes this knowledge to maximize the horse, rider and volunteer connection during her therapeutic lessons.


     9. *Instructor: Renee Chervenak, MD

         *Facility Participation:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH Intl.

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2013

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.PATH Intl. Registered Level Instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Renee is an effective therapeutic riding instructor.


     10. *Instructor: Sara Conant

         *Facility Participation:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH Intl.

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2015

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Registered Level Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Certification 2:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.CHA

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2014

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.CHA Level 3 English (flatwork) and Level 2 Western certifications

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Sara is certified by both PATH Intl and CHA and is a per diem instructor at RTT teaching all levels.


     11. *Instructor: Sarah Bronson

         *Facility Participation:

         Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center

Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes

Certification 1:

Provide the name of the certifying organization.PATH Intl.

Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)1999

Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes

Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Certified as a Registered Level Instructor

Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Sarah has been a PATH Intl. Registered Instructor since 1999. She brings an eclectic approach to her teaching combining experience in dressage, hunter/jumper, natural horsemanship and centered riding with her professional background as a physical therapist.