2009 Regional Award Winners Announced by NARHA _3_


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September, 2009
2009 Regional Award Winners Announced by NARHA
Denver—All participants at NARHA centers are unique and deserve recognition, but as we all
know, some just shine. Each year NARHA celebrates our especially outstanding equestrians,
equines, instructors and volunteers, and this year's NARHA regional recognition award winners
have been posted on the NARHA Conference web site along with the 2009 national adult
equestrian, adult independent equestrian, child equestrian and youth equestrian.

   All regional award winners will be recognized and the 2009 national equine, instructor and
volunteer of the year will be announced at the 2009 NARHA National Conference and Annual
Meeting Awards Banquet in Fort Worth, Texas: Saturday, November 21.

NARHA Premier Accredited Centers are shown in red.

NARHA Region 1
Equine of the Year: Willy, Horse Power, Inc., Temple, New Hampshire
Instructor of the Year: Nancy Hohmann, Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding
Center, Windham, Maine
Volunteer of the Year: Jeffrey Ridgeway, High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc., Old
Lyme, Connecticut
Region 1 includes the following states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New
Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and the Canadian provinces: New Brunswick, Newfoundland,
Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec.

NARHA Region 2
Equine of the Year: Ebony Boy (Ebs), Special Equestrians Inc., Warrington,
Instructor of the Year: Volunteer of the Year: Joan Marie Twining, Rose of
Sharon Equestrian School, Inc., Glen Arm, Maryland
Volunteer of the Year: John Clark, Atlantic Riding Center for the Handicapped
(ARCH), Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
Region 2 includes Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York Pennsylvania and
Washington, DC.

NARHA Region 3
Equine of the Year: Big Joe, EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program, Virginia
Beach, Virginia
Instructor of the Year: Joy Simon, Misty Meadows Mitey Riders, Inc., Waxhaw,
North Carolina
Volunteer of the Year: Robert Geize, Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding
Program, Clifton, Virginia
Region 3 includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

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NARHA Region 4
Equine of the Year: H F Heisman “Gunny,” C.H.U.M. Therapeutic Riding, Inc.,
Mason, Michigan
Instructor of the Year: Winifred Spisak, Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding
Center, Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Volunteer of the Year: Rom Botyrius, Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, Augusta,
Region 4 includes Indiana, Kentucky Michigan, Ohio and the Canadian Province of

NARHA Region 5
Equine of the Year: Equity, Freedom Ride, Inc., Orlando, Florida
Instructor of the Year: Alice Keeney, Horses and the Handicapped of South
Florida, Inc., Boca Raton, Florida
Volunteer of the Year: Sara Reams, Calvin Center Therapeutic Riding Program,
Hampton, Georgia
Region 5 includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and the also
Puerto Rico.

NARHA Region 6
Equine of the Year: Skip Sizzler, Nature’s Edge Therapy Center, Rice Lake,
Instructor of the Year: Sally Reif DelGuidice, River Valley Riders, Bayport,
Volunteer of the Year: Bill Eckblad, Freedom Farm, Waverly, Minnesota
Region 6 includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and the
Canadian Provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

NARHA Region 7
Equine of the Year: Tuff: Heartland Equine therapeutic Riding Academy (HETRA),
Valley, Nebraska
Instructor of the Year: Jodi Teal, Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy
(HETRA), Omaha, Nebraska
Volunteer of the Year : Jean Whittenburg, Therapeutic Horsemanship, Wentzville,
Region 7 includes Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska

NARHA Region 8
Equine of the Year: True Eyed Jack “JJ,” EQUEST, Wylie, Texas
Instructor of the Year: Heather Hernandez, Texas Tech Therapeutic Riding
Center, Lubbock, Texas
Volunteer of the Year: Heather Cusick, SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian
Center, Hockley, Texas
Region 8 includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas

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NARHA Region 9
Equine of the Year: Kleng, Northwest Therapeutic Riding Center, Bellingham,
Instructor of the Year: Tracy McConnachie, Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center,
Woodinville, Washington
Volunteer of the Year: Emily Borium, Leg Up For Kids, Arlington, Washington
Region 9 includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington State in addition
to the Canadian provinces of Alberta and British Columbia.

NARHA Region 10
Equine of the Year: Snowy River, CANTER (Cochise Area Network of Therapeutic
Equestrian Resources), Sierra Vista, Arizona
Instructor of the Year: To be Announced
Volunteer of the Year: Frank Campbell, Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc.,
Longmont, Colorado
Region 10 includes Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming

NARHA Region 11
Equine of the Year: Little Bit, EQUI-ED, Santa Rosa, California
Instructor of the Year: Connie Weinsoff, Hearts Adaptive Riding Program, Santa
Barbara, California
Volunteer of the Year: Fred Nuthall, Ivey Ranch Park, Oceanside, California
Region 11 includes California, Hawaii and Navada

Early registration is currently offered online on the conference page at www.narha.org, as well
as more information about conference sessions, the conference hotel, the conference travel
deals and fun things to do in Fort Worth.


About NARHA:
NARHA was formed in 1969 to promote equine assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs. At
over 700 member centers, a total of 42,000 children and adults find a sense of independence through involvement
with horses. These member centers range from small, one-person programs to large operations with several certified
instructors and licensed therapists. In addition to therapeutic equitation, a center may offer any number of equine
assisted activities including hippotherapy, equine facilitated mental health, driving, interactive vaulting, trail riding,
competition, ground work, or stable management. Through a wide variety of educational resources, the association
helps individuals start and maintain successful equine assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special
needs. There are more than 24,000 volunteers, 2000 instructors, 5,700 therapy horses and thousands of contributors
from all over the world helping people at NARHA centers.