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									                                                                                                                            Horse Show
                                                                                                                        EFMHA Memories

   A Special Interest Section of NARHA                                                VOL 14 • ISSUE 2 • SUMMER 2010

    Through Showing?
                        You Bet!
                        by Jan Butler Loveless, Ph.D.
                                                                                      Mathew competes in the games on Max.

            he terms “horse show” and “competition” do not         Horse and Reader, I began talking to the Cal-State Pony of

   T        appear in typical descriptions of equine-facilitated
            learning. But we at the J-Bar Ranch Center for
   Experiential Learning in Visalia, CA, confirmed in early May
                                                                   the Americas Club.Their officers live in southern California,
                                                                   and their shows tend to be in Yucaipa and Pomona, on the
                                                                   south side of Los Angeles, the “other side” of the California
   that for our Horse and Reader program students, they defi-      mountain pass called “The Grapevine.”Those shows, unfor-
   nitely should.                                                  tunately, were a five- or six-hour drive from our ranch,
       “The horse show was the best day of my life,” wrote one     which sits against the Sierra Nevada foothills, 15 miles out-
   of our sixth-grade girls, in her Monday journal following the   side Visalia, about 50 minutes south of the “big city” Fresno
   Saturday Cal-State Pony of the Americas Club Interbreed         airport.
   Challenge event. Another girl, a seventh grader, wrote, “I           Our participating kids live economically challenged lives.
   wish I were back at the horse show right this minute!”          Almost all come from single-parent families, and some live in
       These statements come not from affluent horse-crazy         high crime areas. All would be considered “at-risk” by most
   youth who’ve grown up taking lessons from trainers and are      measures.We had no budget for kids to travel or stay in
   expecting to compete, but from Native American and mixed        motels to participate in a show, and we knew we’d want to
   heritage kids,Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or         take at least one horse per student.We own a three-horse
   “Prevention” clients of a five-county California tribal con-    trailer, so transporting a minimum of a dozen horses for any
   sortium, the Owens Valley Career Development Center             significant distance was prohibitive.
   (OVCDC).Their families represent a variety of tribes, many           I offered to research the facilities in Tulare County, if the
   indigenous to the Plains, the Mid-West or the East Coast,       Cal-State POAC would bring the show to us, and I guaran-
   though we’re located in California’s Central Valley.            teed at least 12 participants. After much consideration, the
       When I decided, more than a year ago, to try a horse        club decided to host the show at Fairlea Ranch, a cutting/
   show as a learning motivator for the kids we work with in       reining facility just 13 miles from our front gate. That could


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                                                                                                  Alaina and Sky, Katrina and
  not have been better unless                                                                         Foxy, Angel and Robbie
  we’d hosted it here, which                                                                              prep for halter class in
  we’re forbidden to do in                                                                                   borrowed clothes.
  our county Special
  Land Use Permit.
      From the out-
                                                                                                                      County com-
  set, I knew that
                                                                                                                      petes annually
  our show partici-
                                                                                                                       with adjacent
  pants would be
                                                                                                                       Kings County
  Horse and Reader
                                                                                                                       for California’s
  students, rank
                                                                                                                      #1 status.
  beginners with
                                                                                                                         The show
  horses. And practic-
                                                                                                                   proved a success-
  ing riding is just a
                                                                                                                 ful learning experi-
  small part of our mis-
                                                                                                               ence in a variety of
  sion. The fourth-through-
                                                                                                            ways. Prepping for a
  seventh-grade kids in our
                                                                                                         horse show certainly fosters
  Horse and Reader program are
                                                                                                    collaboration. Because we are
  sponsored by the tribal consortium
                                                                                              expected by the tribal consortium to
  because they’re struggling in school–failing
                                                                                    follow the federal goals for Temporary
  state tests of language arts, failing in academic subjects or
                                                                    Assistance to Needy Families, our program must be a “family
  both. Our equine-facilitated learning goals include academic
                                                                    formation” activity, encouraging families to enjoy working
  acceleration, especially in reading, writing and math; the
                                                                    together. Most of the kids in our program had never touched
  study of Native American culture; the building of self-esteem
                                                                    a horse before they started Horse and Reader, though some
  and self-efficacy; increased knowledge about horses, horse-
                                                                    of the parents remember ancestors who were good with
  manship and, yes, riding.We meet twice per week, for two
                                                                    horses. For this reason, our work with equine co-facilitators
  hours after school, and every other Saturday morning. In
                                                                    makes a “back to the future” experience for many Native
  each session, permanent groups of four kids each circulate
                                                                    American families.
  through centers that offer reading, culture, math, horse anato-
                                                                         “Okay, so why a horse show?” I hear readers asking.
  my, horse management, horse handling and/or riding.
                                                                    Don’t the horses teach plenty by just being themselves? They
  Sessions begin and end with circles in the barn, as well as
                                                                    certainly do. But there’s something about the prospect of
  journaling about the day’s activities.
                                                                    friendly competition that sparks learning and excitement, not
      We want these kids to stay in school and out of gangs,
                                                                    only in the kids themselves, but for their whole extended
  and we want them to avoid teen pregnancy, for which Tulare
                                                                    families as well.
                                                                         We didn’t know how many others would participate in
                                                                    the show, but we had spread the flyers far and wide, at tack
                                                                    stores, feed stores, veterinary clinics—wherever horse people
                                                                    gathered.We had advertised to area 4H and Pony Club lead-
                                                                    ers, and the Cal-State POAC had posted the show premium
                                                                    on their website.They’d hired a real judge and arranged for a
                                                                    PA system, an announcer and a show secretary. People were
                                                                    coming to compete with us, and we had to be ready.
                                                                         One class that really attracted our kids was the first one
                                                                    listed on the show premium: Open Costume. Any Halloween
                                                                    costume would have satisfied POAC rules but not Horse and
                                                                    Reader goals.We wanted all kids to compete in at least six
                                                                    classes.They could choose which those would be, with our
                                                                    advice.The Open Costume class was optional.
                                                                         If they chose to participate in Open Costume, we chal-
                                                                    lenged the kids to research and ride in their tribal regalia. It’s
                                                                    important to note that our students are not reservation kids,
  Something about the prospect of friendly competition sparks       steeped in their culture.They come from many tribes—
  learning and excitement.                                          Apache, Cherokee, Chumash,Tule, Potawatomi, Navajo,


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                                                                          The Pony of the
  Cheyenne, Seminole, Cree and more. Of our current class,           Americas, as a breed,
  only Mathew, a Wukchumni fourth grader, participates regu-         was launched by Iowa
  larly in tribal events. In fact, several of our students didn’t
                                                                     lawyer and Shetland Pony
  know what tribes they belonged to when we began our
  research, much less what regalia they could wear.                  breeder Les Boomhower
      Deciding whether to participate in the costume class           in 1954, when a neigh-
  launched a family history project. Some of the kids learned        bor offered him an
  that it wouldn’t be appropriate for them to ride in regalia.       Arabian mare bred to a
  Some could not gather what they needed. But the two girls          Shetland stallion. The result-
  who did compete in that class are examples of the family
  involvement the show generated.
                                                                     ing colt was white, with black “smears” all over his body,
      About mid-winter, one of the grandmothers of a fifth           the spots on the flank looking like a black hand. Les
  grade Cheyenne girl in our class discovered a tumor in her         named the colt “Black Hand.” He became the foundation
  stomach. She needed emergency surgery. She had already had         sire of the Pony of the Americas (POA) breed.
  open-heart surgery a few months earlier. Her spirits were low,
  and she anticipated death.Then she heard that granddaughter
                                                                          From the beginning, the POA was bred to be a pony for
  Angel would be riding in a horse show on May 8.                    kids, those too big for Shetlands but not big enough for
  Furthermore, Angel was studying Cheyenne tribal regalia            full-sized horses, to ride and show—and it had to have a
  because she wanted to participate in the first class of the        gentle, easy-to-train “big horse attitude.” POA standards
  show, the Open Costume event.                                      called for dished, small Arab-looking heads, Quarter Horse-
      Angelita, the ailing grandmother, “took up her bed and
  walked,” to use a biblical phrase. She borrowed a sewing
                                                                     style musculature and Appaloosa coloring visible at 40 feet.
  machine, borrowed our Smithsonian-published book of plains         In the beginning the standards called for ponies that stood
  tribes dresses, contacted relatives and friends, found funds to    between 44 and 54 inches at the withers. The height rules
  buy fabric and beading, and made for Angel a suede cloth           now say 46 to 56 inches.
  facsimile of a Cheyenne maiden’s regalia. Of course, Angelita
  was determined to be well enough to attend the show to
                                                                          The Pony of the Americas Club bylaws stated, at first,
  watch Angel ride her beloved Robbie, a gentle chestnut Pony        that adults could show only in halter or driving, if a pony
  of the Americas gelding with a blanket, whom we lease for          were trained to a cart. In all other classes, competitors
  our program.                                                       would be kids between leadline age, 4, and 18. In recent
      Another grandmother, a Navajo, gathered jewelry, head-         years, the club has added some “19 and over” classes,
  scarf, belt and velvet blouse, and sent those to her fifth grade
                                                                     though the focus remains on opportunities for youth to
  granddaughter, Alaina.Then she drove all the way from her
  reservation home in Arizona to watch Alaina ride Sky, her          show in costume classes, halter, showmanship, English,
  favorite horse, a striking sorrel frame overo mare.                Western, trail and games. Some shows also include reining
      The costume class, which drew only the two girls in their      and driving.
  tribal regalia, inspired tears in the entire audience. Not only
  did the girls stun viewers with their beauty, but they rode at a
                                                                          Unlike other breed organizations, the POA Club does not
  walk with grace and style.                                         require that participants in shows own or lease the horses
      “At first I was scared,” said Angel, “and I was worried that   they’re showing. In fact, participants can share the horses, as
  Robbie would get scared too. But he didn’t. Robbie was so          long as each horse/participant team has its own number. In
  calm that I calmed down right away and had lots of fun.”           Interbreed Challenge shows, the club welcomes horses of any
  Both grandmothers and their families glowed with pride             breed. Participants do not need to be members of the POAC
  when the girls left the arena carrying trophies.
      The rest of the day was equally heady. Competitors had
                                                                     at the state or national level, and per-class fees are pur-
  indeed come—POAC member families from southern                     posely low to encourage participation. The goals of the
  California, local Pony Clubbers and even some adults from          POAC are safe fun and a great start for kids and families.
  the surrounding area.There were both English and Western
                                                                          The club has organizations in almost every state. Go to
  riders and lots of competitors for the halter and showmanship
  classes.                                                  for more information about the breed and
      For this first show experience, we had decided to compete      the Pony of the Americas Club. The national office is in
  only in halter, showmanship and Western walk/jog classes,          Indianapolis, IN, telephone (317) 788-0107.
  since we currently own more Western than English tack, and
  the kids are all beginning riders who had been concentrating

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                                          President’s Letter                 The integration is         EFMHA News
                                                                        moving forward in these
                                                                        and similar small but           Editorial Board
                                                                        important steps, all pieces
                                                                        of the puzzle that is
                                                                                                               Ann C. Alden
                                                                        being assembled for
                                                                        EFMHA’s members in
                                                                        the fully integrated asso-        Spring Issue Features
                                                                        ciation.                               Lisa Reeves
                                                                             Please remember that
                                                                        this is a membership            Summer Issue Features
       EFMHA'S                                                          organization, and you are          Ann C. Alden
   Vision Statement                                                     a member.Your voice
     A world in which the                                               will be heard if you          Educational Opportunities
  wisdom of equus moves us                                              express it. Given the                 Eliza Love
  to develop and deepen our                                             diversity of opinion
       greatest potential.                                              among our membership,                   Advisory
                                          Dear friends and
                                                                        decisions may be made                 Ann C. Alden
      The Equine Facilitated Mental       colleagues,
                                                                        that don’t align with                Debbie La-Haye
   Health Association (EFMHA) is a
     section of NARHA. EFMHA’s
                                                                        your opinion. However, if              Jan Loveless
                                              I have had a chance
   mission is to advance the field for                                  your voice is never                 Barbara K. Rector
                                          to attend Region 2 and
       individuals who partner with                                     heard, most certainly the           Maureen Vidrine
                                          Region 1 conferences
 equines to promote human growth                                        organization will not
 and development so that our mem-         this spring. I met many
                                                                        reflect that voice. So
                                          very inspiring people and
   bers, clients and equines can suc-
                                          have had conversations
                                                                        please take time to vol-          EFMHA
 ceed and flourish. Equine-facilitated                                  unteer for committees
 psychotherapy (EFP) is experiential      about programs, horses                                      Thumbnail Glossary
        psychotherapy that includes                                     and task forces, pick up
                                          and integration. World
   equines. It may include, but is not                                  the phone and call or                     EAA
                                          café-style discussions
    limited to, a number of mutually                                    send an e-mail to any of         equine-assisted activities
                                          were held, and we have
   respectful equine activities such as                                 the office staff or board,
      handling, grooming, longeing,       collected so much infor-
                                                                        committee or task force                   EAT
 riding, driving and vaulting. Equine     mation that is being con-
                                                                        members. We need to              equine-assisted therapy
      facilitated learning (EFL) is an    sidered and reviewed.
                                                                        hear what you think in
  educational approach that includes          There is much
 equine facilitated activities incorpo-                                 order to consider your                   EAAT
                                          behind-the-scenes work
          rating the experience of                                      suggestions. One small           equine-assisted activities
                                          that has been going on                                              and therapies
    equine/human interaction in an                                      contribution you make
     environment of learning or self      regarding EFMHA’s full
                                                                        may help this large
  discovery. EFL encourages personal      integration with                                                         EFP
                                                                        organization greatly.
        explorations of feelings and      NARHA. The associa-                                                equine-facilitated
                                                                             As this is likely the
  behaviors to help promote human         tion’s mission statement                                            psychotherapy
  growth and development. EFMHA
                                                                        last letter from the
                                          and core values have
   has its own board of directors and                                   EFMHA board president
                                          been revised, integrating                                                EFL
        bylaws and operates within                                      in an EFMHA newslet-
                                          EFMHA philosophies,                                           equine-facilitated learning
  NARHA guidelines and standards.                                       ter, I really would like to
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                                          mental health members         Miyako Kinoshita
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      Editor’s Letter                of EFMHA News. As part of        learn how to more effective-
                                     the integration, EFMHA’s         ly and safely provide equine-
                                     newsletter is being incorpo-     facilitated learning and/or
                                     rated within other NARHA         psychotherapy to their
                                     publications such as             participants.
                                     NARHA’S STRIDES so                   It has been challenging
                                     that all members of the asso-    and educational to help
                                     ciation can benefit from the     with the editing of
                                     knowledge and experience         EFMHA News for so many
                                     of EFMHA News contribu-          years. I could not have done
                                     tors and EFMHA members.          it without the help and             EFMHA 2009-10
                                     There will be articles related   support of Barbara Rector          Board of Directors
                                     to equine-facilitated mental     and Maureen Vidrine who
                                     health and learning in all       have been involved with                President
                                     future issues of NARHA’S         the newsletter since the           Miyako Kinoshita
                                     STRIDES, as well as in           beginning.Trish Broersma            New Milford, CT
       Watching the transfor-        other publications as appro-     was my co-editor for several
  mations of the adolescents         priate.                          years, handling the graphic
                                                                                                           Past President
  receiving equine-facilitated           EFMHA and the fields         design elements of the              Trish Broersma,
  psychotherapy while in             of equine-facilitated psy-       newsletter. Others who                 MA, LMT
  treatment at Sierra Tucson         chotherapy and equine-facil-     have been involved with               Ashland, OR
  Psychiatric Hospital in 1992,      itated learning have grown       the newsletter committee  
  hearing a child with autism        rapidly since EFMHA first        include Jan Loveless,
  speak his first words while        became a section of              Debbie LaHaye, Boo                   Vice President
                                     NARHA in 1996. EFMHA             Martin, Carol Knipp, Eliza         Joe Callan, LCSW
  riding a horse, seeing horses                                                                                Tampa, FL
  doing remarkably un-horsey         was the first national organi-   Love, Kristin Mason, Lisa
  things while interacting with      zation in America to be          Reeves, Joan Twining,
  program participants, and          devoted to professionals         Jacqueline Tiley and espe-              Secretary
  watching an adult with 20          working with horses to help      cially Pam Kaster, who was            Tanya Welsch
  years of traditional psy-          children and adults with         the main editor for several            St. Paul, MN
  chotherapy improve after six       mental health needs. It has      years before I took over. 
  months of EFP to the point         been the only mental health      The NARHA staff has been
  of not needing therapy any-        related organization to be       very supportive as well,                Treasurer
                                                                                                           Suzen Dyslin
  more have all been power-          associated with NARHA            including Barbara Yost,               Windsor, CA
  ful, rewarding experiences.        and to follow NARHA              Cher Smith and Jama Rice. 
  The ability of horses to zero      standards, ethics, precautions   It has truly been a team
  in on what issues people           and contraindications.The        effort.
  need to deal with and how          integration process is work-         I hope you will all con-          MEMBERS
  to give them immediate,            ing to ensure that all these     tinue to support our new
  unconditional acceptance           standards and guidelines are     association so it can be bet-         Ann Alden
  while helping them gain            infused within the entire        ter than ever and help us              Sonoita, AZ
  insight through their feed-        NARHA organization so            reinforce the importance of 
  back has shown me the              that all our participants and    the EFMHA philosophies,                Jody Enget
  power of the process of            equines can benefit from the     ethics and standards as we          Palmer Lake, CO
  equine-facilitated psy-            EFMHA philosophy of              work to demonstrate to all
  chotherapy and learning            working with equines as          NARHA members how
                                                                                                             Leif Hallberg
  during thousands of sessions       sentient beings to help peo-     following EFMHA’s princi-              Bozeman, MT
  over the last 18 years. I was      ple in a mutually respectful     ples leads to safer, more
  hooked. I had found my             way.                             effective equine-assisted
  calling, my passion.                   EFP and EFL experts          activities and therapies for         Priscilla Marden
       All this led to my mem-       will continue to review arti-    all our participants. 
  bership in NARHA, and              cles related to EFL and EFP          Thank you for your
  then in EFMHA, as it has           for suitability to be included   continued support of                 Kristin Mason
  for so many others in this         in NARHA’S STRIDES               EFMHA.                                 Morgan,VT
  field. Now is the time to          and other association publi-
  trust the process once again       cations. We continue to look     Ann Alden, MA,                       Martha McNiel
  as the NARHA-EFMHA                 for articles that help equine    CEIP-ED, NARHA                       San Martin, CA
  integration continues. So          specialists, educators and       Registered Instructor            dreampowerhorsemanship
  this is my last letter as editor   mental health professionals      EFMHA News editor

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  on horse handling and Western riding.
  The kids could also compete at a
  walk/jog in the afternoon trail and games
  classes. Our walk/jog limitation was nec-
  essary, since some of our kids had had just
  10 one-hour riding lessons during Horse
  and Reader pilot Saturdays last spring.
  Others had had less experience; they’d
  started with us on December 5, 2009.
      The show “stretched” our kids and
  made them concentrate on partnerships
  with our horses. None was an expert
  rider or horse handler, but all knew
  enough to be safe. And indeed, safety is
  our focus, every session. I am an intern of
  Adventures in Awareness.We start each
  class session with our version of Barbara
  Rector’s well-known pledge: “Hi, my
  name is ____________. I’ll be responsible
  for myself today, thereby contributing to
  the overall safety of the group.When I say         Katrina shows her first-ever honor roll certificate and medal, won during this
  ‘safety,’ I’m talking about safety in body,        spring’s Horse and Reader program. Our reading comprehension strategies,
  mind and spirit.” The kids take this pledge        writing, family and tribal history research and math work helped Katrina start
  seriously and are mighty upset if we grown-        succeeding in school.
  ups get in a hurry and forget.
      We stayed safe in body, mind and spirit at
  the show. The judge, Jando Guerra, made                              gelding, a sensible, cutting-bred, fourteen-hander. Our
  nothing but positive comments to the kids, and they per-             friend James, a gifted amateur trainer, had worked with
  formed like pros.The most hair-raising experience of the             Refund behind the scenes, making sure that he responded
  day came when Cambria, our sixth-grade Chumash girl,                 instantly to voice commands, since Michael doesn’t always
  was leading an Appaloosa mare, Piper, out of a halter class.         use his leg cues correctly. We’d taught Michael to say “trot”
  The loud-speaker blared just as the two passed in front of           when he wanted that gait. After one late morning class in
  the announcer’s stand, and Piper, startled, reared. Cambria          which Michael had done exceptionally well, I asked him if
  did not panic. She stayed with the mare, who calmed quick-           he’d said “trot” when he needed a trot. “No,” he replied. “I
  ly. We were just astounded that Cambria was brave enough             didn’t need to. I just thought ‘trot,’ and Refund did it!” I
  to enter the mare in another halter class, “Most Colorful,”          complimented Michael in achieving such a grand partner-
  which she won.                                                       ship with his horse.
      At the end of that class, however, Cambria lingered in               Michael and Refund rose to the occasion, both in riding
  the arena, reluctant to pass again in front of the announcer’s       and behavior, as did all of our kids. They didn’t even get
  stand, which she had to do to exit. Mr. Guerra moved qui-            their white Western shirts dirty.
  etly over and stood next to Cambria.Then he said, “There’s               “The show was a truly gratifying experience,” said our
  no hurry. I’m going to be here all day. Let’s talk about how         staffer Carol Berryhill, a recently retired fifth grade teacher
  to lead a frightened horse.Walk forward a few steps, then            and excellent reading instructor in our program. “The kids
  let her stop and look.Take your time.Then walk her for-              were just amazing, not only in their skills, but in their
  ward a few steps, and let her stop and look again.”With the          demeanor.”
  judge’s active participation, Cambria and Piper exited the               By the end of the day, three of our students had won
  arena without incident. Cambria beamed with pride at her             high point or reserve high point awards, including Isaac, an
  dual accomplishment—a first place win and a successful               Apache fourth grader who worked with Cinnamon, our
  ending.                                                              30ish Welsh pony mare. Isaac and Cinnamon won a total of
      One of my favorite quotes of the day came from                   nine awards. Chasy, a Potawatomi sixth grade special ed stu-
  Michael, a sixth-grade Apache/Lakota/Mexican-American                dent, had won reserve high point in the walk/jog classes on
  boy in a special day class at a Visalia elementary school.           Foxy, a palomino leopard Pony of the Americas mare.
  Prior to the show, he’d experienced frustration in getting           Mathew, our Wukchumni fourth grader, was champion
  and sustaining a trot from Refund, our black Quarter Horse           walk/jogger on Max, our saintly Pony of the Americas

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  gelding. Almost all of the kids won rib-
  bons, many of them multiple ribbons.
  Every student exclaimed about the fun of
  the day.
      Did I say, however, that the show was
  easy for any of us? Nothing really worth
  doing is. Our group included 12 kids, 15
  horses and lots of staff, parents and grand-
  parents. In addition to the kids, two of the
  mothers and several of our staffers and vol-
  unteers showed horses.
      The show location is only 13 miles
  from our ranch.We’d borrowed a second
  three-horse trailer, and we drove more than
  500 miles with three vehicles—pulling the
  two horse trailers and a utility trailer—
  hauling horses, tack, hay, manure carts and
  rakes, picnic tables, lawn chairs, show
  clothes, and so forth, on the day before and
  the day of the show.
                                                    Almost all of the kids won ribbons, many of them multiple ribbons. Every student
      We prepped for months, gathering
                                                    exclaimed about the fun of the day.
  show clothes and tack alone.We sought
  and received donations from the local college
  equestrian team and from several horse train-                       experience, since the kids divided up, then composed,
  ers. We borrowed show halters and Romel reins.We bought             revised and completed thank you notes to the more than 30
  used tack on eBay. A wonderful local horsewoman donated             individuals and businesses who had helped us participate.
  a set of antique dishes to be sold by a cooperating antique             In all of my weeks of prep for the horse show, I’d for-
  shop to fund purchase of black jeans and hats for everyone.         gotten to line my jeans pockets with tissues. I needed those
  Another antique dealer let us borrow five pairs of used             immediately and frequently that whole day, watching the
  western boots and several used hats.The tribal consortium           joy on the faces of the kids and their families, and feeling
  bought identical white western shirts for the kids, then paid       my own pride in the accomplishments of kids, family mem-
  to have their names, the tribal consortium logo and “Horse          bers and our magical horses.
  and Reader” put on them.                                                Would we participate in a show next year? I’ll quote
      We arranged for the show location and the food ven-             Isaac. “I can’t wait! I want to learn to lope, and I want to
  dors. We negotiated good deals on shavings, made stall              ride English, as well.”
  signs, and organized parents to sit in the barn and under               We’ve already set the date.
  shade trees, polishing and cleaning tack while the kids prac-
  ticed their riding and showmanship skills.We talked a local         ...................
  sanitation company into donating the use of a wheelchair-
  accessible Porta-Potty for the event, and we arranged for                                                         Jan Butler Loveless,
  several other portable toilets.                                                                                   Ph.D., is founder
      A local tack store owner let us borrow her personal                                                           and president of J-
  show halter and show saddle.Two outstanding local teen                                                            Bar Ranch Center
  siblings who show regularly in youth classes on the                                                               for Experiential
  American Quarter Horse circuit came to our program for                                                            Learning
  weeks to help coach the kids. And our great friends, James                                                        (, in
  and Jeanette Ferguson, whose horses have won so many sil-                                                         Visalia, CA. She
  ver show buckles that Jeanette makes Christmas wreaths out                                                        can be reached at
  of them, flew in from Ennis,Texas, the week of the show to                                               Horse
  help with last-minute kid-and-horse-and-tack preparation.                                                         and Reader received
  As we phrased the title page of the thank-you photo album                                                         the 2009 Most
  we made for them, “James and Jeanette Rode to the                    Innovative Program for At-Risk Youth award from the Tulare
  Rescue!”                                                             County Child Abuse Prevention Council and has received
      The learning didn’t stop with show preparation or the            commendations from both the California State Assembly and
  show itself. Writing was an extension of the show learning           Tulare County Commissioners.

EQUINE FACILITATED MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION                                                                         Summer 2010 • 7
        2010 EFMHA REGIONAL
                            CHAI R
                                                                       Saying Goodbye to
                         Kristin Mason
                                                                       Marjorie Kittredge
                        R EGI ON ONE                                   and Barbara Heine
     Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Brunswick,

                                                                     EFMHA and the field of Equine-Assisted
  Newfoundland, New Hampshire, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward
           Island, Quebec, Rhode Island, Vermont
                                                                  Activities and Therapies have lost two pio-
                EFMHA Region Liaison: Boo Martin

                                                                  neers. Marj Kittredge passed away June 23,

                        R EGI ON TWO                              and Barbara Heine passed away March 30.
   Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania,

                                                                      Marj Kittredge was a founding EFMHA
                     Washington, D.C.
                EFMHA Region Liaison: Open

                                                                  Board member, past president of NARHA
                                                                  and James Brady Award winner. As Barbara
                       R EGI ON THR EE
    North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia
              EFMHA Region Liaison: Barbara Ford
                                                                  Rector states, “She knew how experiential
                                                                  education techniques fit so perfectly with

                       R EGI ON FOUR                              horses, and how the Pony Club philosophy
          Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Ontario
                                                                  fit with superb stewardship of horses.”
                                                                  Marj became a mentor to Barbara Rector
               EFMHA Region Liaison: Kathleen Pryde

                                                                  in 1979 and over the years mentored so

                                                                  many others. She was instrumental along
                        R EGI ON FI VE

                                                                  with Barbara Rector and Boo Martin, the
 Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Puerto Rico

                                                                  initial co-presidents of EFMHA, in getting
               EFMHA Region Liaison: Starla Raiborn

                                                                  EFMHA established as a section of
                         R EGI ON SI X

      Manitoba, Minnesota, North Dakota, Saskatchewan,
                  South Dakota, Wisconsin
           EFMHA Region Liaison: Nikki Cohen-Wichner

                                                                      Barbara Heine is best known for her

                       R EGI ON SEVEN
                                                                  work with hippotherapy, yet she was one of
                                                                  the first voices to stress that the move-
           Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska

                                                                  ment of the horse was the tool, not the
                      EFMHA Region Liaison: Open

                                                                  horse itself. She understood the power and
                       R EGI ON EI GHT

                                                                  importance of the relationship with horses
           Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas

                                                                  to the success of EAAT sessions. A con-
        EFMHA Region Liaison: Leslie McCullough Moreau

                                                                  summate horsewoman as well as a physical
                                                                  therapist from Australia, she worked closely
                       R EGI ON NI NE
  Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon,
                                                                  with Nancy McGibbon and others to estab-
                                                                  lish the American Hippotherapy
               EFMHA Region Liaison: Heidi Howard


                        R EGI ON TEN

                                                                     Marj and Barb will be sorely missed.
       Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
                EFMHA Region Liaison: Lisa Reeves
                                                                  Our condolences go out to their families

                      R EGI ON EL EVEN                            and friends.
                 California, Hawaii, Nevada
              EFMHA Region Liaison: Martha McNiel

8 • Summer 2010                                                     EQUINE FACILITATED MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION
                                                   2010 NARHA National
                                                   Conference & Annual Meeting

                                                   EFMHA Workshop

                                 Wellness and Welfare: International Perspectives on Ethical
                                 Horse-Human Partnerships
                                 Wednesday, November 3rd – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Grand Hyatt Denver
                                 Fee: (lunch included) $95 NARHA/EFMHA members; $120 non-NARHA/EFMHA members
                                 Earn 5 CEUs with NBCC or NASW

  2010 NARHA
                                 What does it mean to partner with an equine in a mutually respectful way, and how do people

                                 around the world approach this topic in ways that are respectful to other humans in the field?
                                 And, finally, how might we, as an organization, train people to work with equines in an ethical

  Conference &
                                 manner? Join us for a day of discussion in an open, accepting environment and gain techniques to

 Annual Meeting
                                 improve your horses’ well-being in the workplace.
                                 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

    Denver, CO
                                 Strong Medicine: An Open Discussion on the Ethics of Human-Animal

 November 3-6, 2010
                                 Interactions (Philip Tedeschi)
                                 Participants examine their own values and shared practices as they relate to the ethics of the
                                 inclusion of animals into the field of human-animal interaction therapies, specifically equine thera-
                                 pies. Philip Tedeschi will discuss the role of universities in providing a broad understanding of their
                                 professional roles and functions to those new in the field. Tedeschi, University of Denver's Graduate
                                 School of Social Work, is the founder and clinical director of its Institute for Human-Animal
                                 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
                                 For the Good of My Partner: Crisis Prevention and Intervention Techniques
                                 to Promote the Safety of Animals in EAAT (Miyako Kinoshita)
                                 Learn how to identify, prevent and/or de-escalate potentially dangerous situations to ensure the
                                 safety of all program participants, including equines. Miyako will discuss signs of stress and other
                                 indicators that a participant may pose a danger to himself and others present, suggest prevention
                                 strategies and address client and helper self-understanding and self-development and facilitation of
                                 client change. Miyako Kinoshita is the farm education program manager at Green Chimneys Farm, a
                                 NARHA Premier Accredited Center in Brewster, NY; president of EFMHA; and a NARHA Certified
                                 Advanced Level Instructor who conducts workshops on crisis management.
                                 12:30 to 1 p.m. Lunch

                                 1 to 2:30 p.m.
                                 Friendship-Based Leadership: One Approach to Ethical Horse-Human
                                 Communication (Mari Louhi-Lehtiö)
                                 Mari will discuss how she trains riding instructors and therapists to establish respectful relationships
                                 with their horses and will offer ways to model and teach ethical behavior to clients. As one of
                                 Europe’s leading trainers in the field of EAAT, she will provide a fresh perspective for talking about
                                 working with horses in EFL (equine-facilitated learning) and EFP (equine-facilitated psychotherapy)
                                 settings. Mari Louhi-Lehtiö trains therapists and instructors in equine social
                                 emotional learning (EASEL®) in Finland and continental Europe. Mari is a
                                 licensed educator, certified supervisor and coach.

                                 2:30 to 3 p.m.
                                 Group Discussion: Finding Your Own Way

EQUINE FACILITATED MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION                                                                          Summer 2010 • 9
                          EFMHA Evolution
                                               by Barbara K Rector, MA, CEIP-ED

      n 1992, two years out of graduate school with my Master’s        Bombet Basile—these latter two were psychiatric clinical nurse

 I    in Spiritual Psychology, I was working for Sierra Tucson
      Hospitals, developing and implementing their psychothera-
 py program with the help of horses. Phil Tedeschi, ED of
                                                                       specialists. Maureen was also a NARHA Certified Instructor.
                                                                       Rebecca had a program teaching student nurses psychotherapy
                                                                                                               with the help of horses.
 Emily Griffith Center in Colorado, suggested I                                                                      Then in 1995, Bill
 replace him as the                                                                                             Scebbi, executive direc-
 mental health person                                                                                           tor of NARHA, called
 on the NARHA                                                                                                   and wanted to sched-
 Medical Committee.                                                                                              ule me as a mental
 Service on this commit-                                                                                         health speaker at the
 tee required a commit-                                                                                          Chicago national con-
 ment of travel time to                                                                                           ference to replace a
 three face-to-face meet-                                                                                         sudden cancellation.
 ings a year, with each ses-                                                                                       It was at this meeting
 sion being two-and-a-half                                                                                         that I met Boo
 long days of intense work                                                                                          Martin in the con-
 examining and updating                                                                                             ference center hot
 the precautions and con-                                                                                           tub. We spoke of the
 traindications, the safety                                                                                          under-served people
 guidelines, facility, adminis-                                                                                      who were offering
 trative and program stan-                                                                                           psychotherapy and
 dards, and scoring the sub-                                                                                          experiential educa-
 missions for National                                                                                                tion, with many of
                                                                                                 rt at the
 Conference. During my                                                              d Memree Stua                     us influenced by
                                                                   ugh Moreau an
                                                    Leslie McCullo         lins, CO, Augus
                                                                                           t 2007.
 eight-year tenure on              Trish Broersma,         hop in Fort Col
                                                                                                                      Marj Kittredge and
 NARHA’s Medical                   Equine Spec ialist works                                     her Outward Bound model with the
 Committee, I also served two                                          help of horses at her Windrush Farm. There were many,
 terms (six years) as a member of NARHA’s Board of Trustees.           according to Boo, in the eastern shore states who were work-
 The Medical Committee had a generous anonymous grant that             ing from a broader base than simply traditional therapeutic rid-
 funded travel and meeting expenses in Boston with Chair Liz           ing skills and/or hippotherapy.
 Baker.                                                                    I knew Boo’s observations to be true of those of us in the
                                                                       West as her words so accurately described my own work, what
                                                                       I was coming to call “equine facilitated experiential learning
 The Formative Years                                                   process work”—psychotherapy and experiential education
      About 1994/5, it became obvious to our little group of           with the help of horses. There were a number of people with
 Chair Liz Baker, Pat Saylor, Ruth Dismukes Blakely, Kathy             similar interests who joined us in that hot tub. My memories
 Splinter-Watkins, Joann Benjamin and me that the specialty            include Rebecca Basile (Louisiana), Kathy Splinter (Kentucky),
 area of psychotherapy with the help of horses was under-rep-          Meira Yaer (Oregon) and Stephanie Larrivee (Maine).
 resented and under-served within the NARHA family. Each                   Boo is a dynamic, no-nonsense, practical woman with a
 committee member had a resource bank of practitioners in              wide visionary streak who gets things done. She declared she
 their expertise area with whom they consulted. My major               would hold a winter conference focused entirely on mental
 resources were Phil, Maureen Abbate Vidrine and Rebecca               health and experiential education with the help of horses.


10 • Summer 2010                                                                EQUINE FACILITATED MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION
Continued from page 10
                                                                      the Therapy classification of Therapeutic Riding that provides
                                                                      the client with opportunities to enhance self-awareness and re-
Her subsequent HorsePower Conference in Temple, NH,                   pattern maladaptive behaviors, feelings and attitudes.
became the founding site of an initial stakeholders meeting               “Efficacy: Clinical evidence suggests that Equine Facilitated
where EFMHA was formed.                                               Psychotherapy (EFP) may help depression, low self-esteem,
     When I reported back to the NARHA Medical                        learning disorders, anxiety, attention-deficits, eating disorders,
Committee that plans were underway to implement a specialty           autism, Tourette’s syndrome, schizophrenia and post traumatic
group much as the hippotherapy folks had done, Liz Baker              stress syndrome.
suggested that Maureen Vidrine and I get busy writing an ini-             “Equine Experiential Learning (EEL) is an approach with-
tial charter for our group. Liz pulled in her friend Betz Haartz,     in the Education classification of Therapeutic Riding that also
long time standards committee member, and invited Maureen             branches into the Therapy component. The educational
Vidrine and me to meet with them in Peterborough, NH, just            emphasis differentiates EEL from EFP, as well as the presence
next door to Boo’s HorsePower in Temple.                              of a licensed/credentialed mental health professional who has
     For two days prior to the initial conference, the four of us     obtained informed consent for treatment from the client(s).
worked in Peterborough at the donated bed and breakfast that              “The term Equine Experiential Learning implies that you
Boo had organized and also around Boo’s dining room table             learn about yourself through your interaction and relationship
on the final day leading                                              with your environment, including the people, animals, nature
into the conference. If                                                              and situations therein. EEL emphasizes the inter-
approved, and it was, it                                                                                                   active nature
would be presented by                                                                                                        of the partici-
Liz and me at the                                                                                                           pant’s emo-
NARHA Trustee                                                                                                               tional, mental,
meeting for formal                                                                                                         social, physical
association support                                                                                                        and spiritual
and approval.                                                                                                              well being.
     EFMHA became                                                                                                              “Equine
official in the spring of                                                                                                 Experiential
1996.                                                                                                                     Learning ses-
     The most radical                                                                                                    sions are facili-
thought in the                                                                                                           tated by a thera-
EFMHA Charter was                                                                                                       peutic riding
the paradigm shift                                                                                                      instructor who
from power over                                                                                                        has additional
horse submitting to                                                                                                    training in equine
the will of trainer                                                                                                   facilitated experi-
and/or rider to that              The EFMHA bo                                                                        ential process
of horse as partner.                                ard hard at work                                                  work. The thera-
                                                                     during the May
                                                                                      2009 board retrea              peutic riding
EFMHA viewed the                                                                                        t.
horse as a sentient being with feelings, thoughts,                                                                  instructor is assisted
memories and emotions, plus an elementary capacity to rea-                                                          by other trained
son. The most problematic element was and still is the empha-         safety support staff on an as-needed basis as determined by the
sis on experiential (learning through doing) education. I sense       number of participants and the goals of the group work.”
today many people remain confused about this specialized
realm of education, which includes instruction and emphasizes
the process of learning while doing, which focuses on personal
                                                                        Evolution of Terminology
insights an individual acquires while participating.                      My personal thoughts today include the nature of the spe-
                                                                      cial training required of a NARHA Certified Instructor or a
From the Original Charter                                             horse professional when offering Equine-Facilitated Learning.
                                                                      Primary is the need for all those offering EFP or EFL to
     “Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy is a term describing the       engage in sessions for themselves. Just as the Jungians require
synergistic team of horses and ‘certified therapeutic riding          on-going psychoanalytic sessions for the aspiring practitioner,
instructor’ working with/as a licensed/credentialed mental            instructors and educators wishing to be part of the team offer-
health professional who co-facilitate the psychotherapeutic           ing EFP and or EFL must undergo the practice and experi-
process together with the client. Equine Facilitated                  ence of it for themselves.
Psychotherapy is an experiential treatment approach within                We now prefer the term “equine-facilitated learning” or


EQUINE FACILITATED MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION                                                                          Summer 2010 • 11
 “equine-facilitated psychotherapy” to clarify that the equine is     going through the approval process with the various
 helping the human professionals provide services to our              NARHA oversight committees, and plans are being made
 participants. We’re not doing psychotherapy on horses, as some       to train the current faculty to become examiners for the cer-
 people thought.                                                      tification exam. Our EFMHA listserv has been a huge suc-
     The EFMHA board also agreed several years ago to use the         cess, reaching over 1,000 members from all over the world.
 words facilitated and assisted interchangeably. Trying to achieve    We’ll continue to offer workshops and seminars at regional
 standardization in terminology in our field has so far been an       and national conferences and to publish articles on various
 elusive goal as other practitioners develop their own terms to       aspects of equine-facilitated mental health in Association
 describe what they do.                                               publications.
     More clarity on the gray area of teaching instructional skills        There is still much to accomplish and we’re working hard
 with horses while offering equine-facilitated learning sessions      to see that our field continues to evolve in a way that is
 requires dedicated study and personal work. Attending seminars       mindful of the gifts that horses have to offer us.
 such as the Prescott College Best Practices symposium held           .....................
 annually at Chauncey Ranch in Mayer, AZ, or Horses of the
 Goddess in Jackson Hole, WY, with Priscilla Mardon, CEIP-                                                    Barbara Rector has nearly four
 ED, and Martha McNeil, CEIP-MH, is an excellent fertile                                                      decades sharing horses with
 learning environment while surrounded and supported in your
                                                                                                              people for their mutual bene-
 own personal process of discovery and inner growth.
                                                                                                              fit–mentally, physically, emo-
 Remember to listen, listen, listen …. allow, allow, allow.
                                                                                                              tionally and spiritually. She
                                                                                                              has traveled the world training
 EFMHA Accomplishments                                                                                        the trainers in her Adventures
                                                                                                              In Awareness™ process for
     EFMHA has written the standards for equine-facilitated                                                   exploring the heart of horse
 psychotherapy as well as the psychosocial safety guidelines
                                                                                                              and human. In Tucson, she
 that are included in the NARHA Standards for Certification and
                                                                                                              held key leadership roles at
 Accreditation. EFMHA has also created a terrific set of ethical
                                                                                                              Therapeutic Riding of Tucson,
 guidelines that apply to all members of the equine-facilitated
 team. The Equine Specialist workshop was designed to train           Inc., which she co-founded in 1974 with Nancy McGibbon, and at
 the equine professional how to work with an educator or a            Sierra Tucson Hospitals, where she introduced and developed thera-
 mental health professional in EFL and EFP sessions. There is         peutic work with horses and the practice of Equine Facilitated
 an EFMHA bibliography that is updated every two years                Psychotherapy. Barbara’s first book is Adventures In Awareness,
 available through the NARHA store, as well as a new product          Learning With the Help of Horses and is available at
 that tells you how to start your own EFP program. The       Read more about Barbara
 Equine Specialist Certification is making progress and is            and her work at

      It is very exciting for NARHA to see so many                    If there is anyone interested in hosting an ES
      individuals interested in our Equine Specialist                 workshop at their Premier Accredited Center,
      workshops. We would like to accommodate                         please contact Tara McChesney for hosting
      these eager individuals by holding more Equine                  requirements at (800) 369-7433, ext. 114, or
      Specialists workshops.                                

      Please help us get these workshops on
      the schedule for 2011!


12 • Summer 2010                                                               EQUINE FACILITATED MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION
                                                                       I n t eg r at i on St ee ri n g
    EAHAE Annual Conference:
          New Learning                                                  C om m i tte e R ep ort
      From Ancient Wisdom                                                                    by Joe Callan

         October 8-10, Windsor, England                                   fter several months of discussion, debate and “word-

This year’s European Association of Horse Assisted Education
conference theme is “New Learning from Ancient Wisdom.” For
                                                                  A       smithing,” the Integration Steering Committee in its
                                                                          meeting on April 9, 2010 approved for presentation to
                                                                  the NARHA Board of Trustees a resolution proposing an inte-
                                                                  grated mission statement, vision statement and a set of core val-
many hundreds of years, humans and horses have worked             ues. The NARHA Board passed this resolution at its meeting
together. In recent times, many more horse people have come       in Denver on May 8.
to realize that horses are not just our working partners and          Thanks to the members of the committee: Kay Green,
pets but also great teachers. We are learning that horses can     Kathy Alm, Teresa Morris, Trish Broersma, Jody Enget, Memree
                                                                  Stuart and Laura Bassett.
teach us about many highly valued core skills that can get            The Committee is now going through the EFMHA Code
lost in today’s hectic lifestyle.                                 of Ethics, the NARHA Code of Ethics for Instructors and the
                                                                  NARHA Code of Ethics for Centers and trying to write one
Given the current social and economic climate, it is now more     unified code. The committee hopes to complete a resolution to
important than ever to rediscover these core skills. Horses are   be sent to the NARHA Board within the next month.
the perfect teachers for many of these skills, and Horse
                                                                             NARHA – EFMHA INTEGRATION
Assisted Education (HAE) is a wonderful way to learn.
                                                                  Mission Statement:
In this year’s conference, as well as covering success stories    “NARHA changes and enriches lives by promoting excellence
and supportive/informative presentations, we will be examining    in equine-assisted activities and therapies.”
key topics in the HAE arena including:                            Vision Statement:
• What has been achieved so far, and what is the next level       “NARHA is the global authority, resource and advocate for
  of learning possible for HAE?                                   equine assisted-activities and therapies, and the equines in this
                                                                  work that inspire and enrich the human spirit.”
• What place does spirituality play in our personal and pro-
  fessional lives?                                                Core Values:
                                                                  Access and Inclusion–promoting diversity and opportunity in
• What will enable HAE to achieve a general acceptance by
                                                                  equine-assisted activities and therapies
  individuals and organizations?
                                                                  Compassion and Caring–providing a culture of safety, under-
                                                                  standing and ethical treatment of humans and horses engaged
                                                                  in equine-assisted activities and therapies
The conference will be held October 8-10 at Beaumont House
                                                                  Cooperation and Collaboration–connecting and partnering
in Windsor. Beaumont House is only a 20 minute taxi ride          with those who share the NARHA vision in a mutually
from Heathrow Airport, 40 minutes from the Gatwick and            beneficial manner
Luton airports or 90 minutes from Stansted Airport. All these     Education–sharing valued knowledge with our constituents to
airports have easy links to Heathrow.                             facilitate their success
                                                                  Excellence–promoting quality in all undertakings
Windsor is a very pretty and convenient area if you are
planning a holiday. It is just 25 minutes from London by          Innovation–encouraging and supporting creativity, inquiry and
                                                                  cutting-edge research
                                                                  Integrity and Accountability–ensuring that all business is based
Speakers                                                          on ethical principles and conducted with transparency
The speakers include Ariana Strozzi, Jackie Stevenson, Shannon    Professionalism–enhancing the value and credibility of the
Knapp, Gerhard Krebs and David Harris.
                                                                  Service–providing effective and responsive information and
                                                                  programs to our constituents
For information, visit
                                                                  Holistic–promoting an awareness of body, mind and spirit in
                                                                  equine-assisted activities and therapies

EQUINE FACILITATED MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION                                                                    Summer 2010 • 13

  HIGH HOPES                                    HUMAN-EQUINE                                   BORDERLANDS
  THERAPEUTIC                                   ALLIANCES FOR                                  CENTER FOR EQUINE
  RIDING                                        LEARNING (HEAL)                                ASSISTED SERVICES
  August 25-October 15, 2010                    August 27-29, 2010                             August 11-15, 2010
  NARHA Approved Training                       The Horse-Human Connection:                    Facilitation Skills Workshop
  Course (ATC)                                  Focus on Overcoming Fear                       Sonoita, AZ, USA
  Old Lyme, Connecticut, USA                    Cornwall, England                              (1 hour 15 minutes SE of Tucson
  This 8-week program provides an oppor-        A special version of our popular work-         International Airport)
  tunity to those instructors who would         shop for counselors, educators and horse
  like to attend an extended course that        lovers will focus specifically on over-
  will teach them the basics of being a         coming fear (riding-related or more
                                                                                               Barbara Rector, MA, CEIP-ED
  therapeutic riding instructor, as well as     general) and self-doubt. The HEAL
  achieve NARHA Registered or Ad-               approach offers new paradigms in mind-         Ann Alden, MA, CEIP-ED, NARHA
  vanced Level Certification. Consisting of     body awareness to promote human heal-          Certified Instructor
  over 85 hours of lecture material and         ing, personal growth and a reverent and
  more than 100 hours of practicum work,        effective approach to the equestrian arts      Nancy Coyne, MD, EPONA Approved
  subjects include all areas of disabilities,   and offers approaches to working with          Facilitator
  plus anatomy, kinesiology, physiology, psy-   fear in ways that actually enhance your        Optional Riding Skills with Shelly
  chology and the operation and manage-         relationship with the horse!                   Rosenberg and Nancy Coyne,
  ment of a therapeutic riding facility. The                                                   EPONA Approved Instructors August
                                                September 3-5, 2010
  eight-week intensive format requires par-                                                    16 and 17
  ticipants to be at High Hopes five days a     Horse World: Human World
  week most weeks, as well as on some           Bristol, England
                                                                                               Our most popular workshop provides
  weekends.                                     During this fantastic new workshop
                                                                                               opportunities to practice the theory
  Contact: Kitty Stalsburg,                     you will be guided and supported as
                                                                                               and principles of Adventures In
  Executive Director                            you learn amazing new tools and skills
                                                                                               Awareness (AIA) equine-facilitated
  High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc.           that will increase your energetic aware-
                                                                                               experiential learning. We will work
                                                ness and immediately enhance all of
  36 Town Woods Road                                                                           through the core essential elements of
                                                your relationships with humans and
  Old Lyme, CT 06371                                                                           the Adventures In Awareness equine-
                                                horses. Experience and explore how
  (860) 434-1974, ext. 13                                                                      facilitated experiential learning process
                                                horses and humans really communicate.                                                                         with the horses. This AIA workshop
                                                Leigh Shambo, MSW, LMHC, is a                  offers the educator, horse professional,
                                                clinical therapist, educator and Licensed      therapist and/or individual interested
    Educational Opportunities have                                                             in health an opportunity to discover
    not necessarily been reviewed by            Mental Health Counselor in Washington
                                                State. She incorporates her lifelong work      their unique gift for wellness. Limited
    NARHA or EFMHA and should
    not be considered sponsored or              with horses into her practice, using hors-     class size.
    endorsed by EFMHA or NARHA.                 es in her therapeutic strategies. Leigh is a
    They are offered here as an                 frequent guest lecturer, invited to present    Contacts:
    informational service to our                workshops throughout the world.                Barbara Rector at
    members. See the last page of                                                    
    EFMHA News to submit informa-
                                                Human-Equine Alliances for Learning
                                                (HEAL)                                         for more information and to
    tion on your own events in                                                                 register online.
    entries of 250 words or less.               Leigh Shambo, MSW, LMHC
                                                361 Yates Road                                 Ann Alden at (520) 820-5757
    Anyone who submits an educa-                Chehalis, WA 98532                   
    tional opportunity must be a                (360) 266-0778
    current NARHA-EFMHA mem-                    Email:
    ber, and if they have a website,
    EFMHA must be mentioned on                  For registration and more information:
    it and listed on any links page.  

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                               Leave a Wind-Fall to NARHA
        If you’re raking a bushel of leaves this fall and wish you were on a horse instead, please remember to
                drop a little something our way to help keep NARHA strong. It’s a cool thing to do.

       Ë $25                     Ë   $40                     Ë    $100                   Ë   Other ________________

      NARHA’S STRIDES Needs You!
      Our magazine is a primary way that we can communicate with members, offering ideas, questions, answers and opin-
      ions. It is important to fill our magazine with information that is of interest to those in the equine-facilitated
      psychotherapy and equine-facilitated learning industries.
                                     •   Rider/client profiles
                                     •   Therapy issues
                                     •   The nuts & bolts/oats & picks of teaching
                                     •   Mental health related items
                                     •   Events at your center
                                     •   Photographs of your program
                                     •   Creative writing/art by riders/clients
                                     •   Profile of your services
                                     •   Favorite lesson activities
      Please submit any of the above for consideration by November 1, 2010 to: Karen Karvonen at
      For submission details, see the Author’s Guidelines page at

      Thank you!

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                                                                         Ë I am already a NARHA member.
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EQUINE FACILITATED MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION                                                                Summer 2010 • 15

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