CSTRC is looking to hire a certified PATH Instructor. If interested in becoming part of our team, please call 719-634-4173.
Therapeutic Riding Instructors
Jamie H. - PATH Certified Instructor - Level I
She has been around horses her whole live. Her parents, Bob and Nancy, own and operate Mark Reyner Stables, so horses have always been a part of her life. She began teaching horseback riding lessons at the age of 13. While volunteering with the therapeutic riding lessons at CSTRC, she knew that was where she was meant to be. Being able to help a person reach goals and share her passion with her students is what she lives for. When she turned 18 she was able to become certified through PATH International and has been instructing ever since. Her life outside of teaching doesn't venture away from horses -- she loves competing in barrel races and cow horse events.
Claire - PATH Certified Instructor - Level I
A Colorado Springs native, Claire has always had a huge passion for horses and for helping people. She started riding at the age of 5 and has since spent most of her life in a saddle. Whether it be riding fr fun or in a horse show, where she competed in multiple western disciplines, Claire loves it all. She found CSTRC in 2008 and discovered not only a place that combined the two things she truly enjoyed, but also a wonderful group of people she loved to be around. After spending time with the students and staff at CSTRC, she realized that she had found her passion and true calling in life. Consequently, in July 2014, Claire received her PATH instructor certification and began to teach her own students. Outside of CSTRC, Claire is a full-time student and studies at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She currently is attending graduate school to become an Occupational Therapist. From there, she hopes to teach Hippotherapy with the goal of transforming even more lives and expanding upon her passions. In her very limited free time, Claire loves spending time with her own horse, hiking with her dogs, kayaking, and photographing beautiful Colorado! Claire thoroughly enjoys her time at CSTRC with her colleagues, the volunteers, and especially her students; knowing that her work at CSTRC is what she truly loves to do.
Kim - PATH Certified Instructor - Level I
Kim is a lifelong horse lover having ridden at every opportunity as a child and as an adult. In 2003, she began volunteering for the therapeutic riding program at Chastain Horse Park in Atlanta GA. In 2006, she successfully completed her PATH International certification. She continued to teach part-time at Chastain until March 2010 when, with her own children grown, she took a leap of faith to leave her full-time job as a Human Resource Manager and landed in Winter Park CO at the National Sports Center of the Disabled (NSCD) as the Therapeutic Riding Program Supervisor for their summer program. Spending four summers at NSCD, she managed a herd of 14 horses, coordinated the volunteer pool and along with one other staff member, provided lessons and recreational rides for moderate to profoundly disabled children and adults. In 2014, Kim moved to Colorado Springs CO where she worked at Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center as the Volunteer Coordinator, Therapeutic Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. She came to CSTRC in March of 2018 and couldn't be happier to be in such a warm and supportive environment. Kim shares her home with her 18 year old orange tabby cat, Pumpkin and spends her off time enjoying all the beautiful sights and activities of Colorado.
Melanie is a Colorado native. She grew up in Denver and moved to Colorado Springs in 2012 after two years teaching in Mexico. Melanie was a middle and high school teacher. She taught at Doherty High School and worked in alternative education on the Wasson campus. Melanie started volunteering with CSTRC in 2018 during her summer break. After volunteering for four years she pursued her PATH certification and became a therapeutic riding instructor. She finds it so rewarding that some of her riders have made huge improvements in physical strength and abilities. Others have improved their verbal and communication skills and some have overcome fear and anxiety. Melanie loves working with the horses and helping people.
Heather- Physical Therapist - Specialized in Hippotherapy
Heather started with CSTRC in May, 2021. She provides Hippotherapy at CSTRC each Thursday guiding, challenging, encouraging, and strengthening riders. Heather employs physical therapy techniques with clients of all ages and disability types. At CSTRC she utilizes our trusty four-legged friends as tools to help her clients with a variety of challenges to meet their rehabilitative and functional goals.
Heather graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas with a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy in 1997. After many years of practicing physical therapy, without utilizing horses, Heather began incorporating them as tools into her practice approximately three years ago. Her motivation is her daughter, an Equine Science Major at Colorado Springs University who loves horses, and her son, who has high-functioning autism. When Heather discovered she could work with both horses and a pediatric clientele that she understood through her family’s own experience, she found the perfect fit. She could approach this physical therapy opportunity with a unique compassion and offer grace and encouragement to families while the clients experienced both joy and functional improvement. She loves to watch a client progress without even realizing that they’re participating in therapy – they sparkle, shine, improve and have a great time during their session.
Heather ascribes to the tenets of the American Hippotherapy Association and works to educate others about how working within the discipline of physical therapy while utilizing the movement of a horse can benefit clients. She has also found that equine-assisted therapy is beneficial for trauma-based mental health. Horses are a beautiful mirror of ourselves, reflecting our energy back to us and teaching us calming and mindset techniques so that both client and horse thrive.
Therapeutic practices and techniques continue to evolve thanks to the expertise of professionals like Heather. When you combine that knowledge with the steady companionship of a horse, you have a win/win situation.
Katie N. - Occupational Therapist - Specialized in Hippotherapy
Katie has been working as an occupational therapist since 2016. She received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. After shadowing CSTRC’s Physical Therapist, she fell in love with therapeutic riding and pursued hippotherapy soon after. Katie finds it incredibly rewarding to see how incorporating a horse into occupational therapy can be so therapeutic. She has enjoyed learning how using a horse in her practice can improve self-regulation, self-efficacy and self-esteem. Katie recognizes hippotherapy provides many physical benefits, but she has a special interest in the emotional and mental health benefits it provides. She has taken extensive continuing education to be certified and enjoys reading and learning about new evidence that supports hippotherapy. Katie loves to watch her riders light up while they are riding and being excited about therapy.
Jessica R. - Volunteer Coordinator
Jessica has been the Volunteer Coordinator at CSTRC since early 2014. She recruits and trains new volunteers and assists in daily lessons as a horse leader, side walker and horse groomer. Starting out as a volunteer herself in the Summer of 2010, she has gained experience working with horses, special needs riders and the volunteers who enjoy working with both. She has lived in Colorado Springs since she was 6 years old and while she did not grow up with horses, she has found a great fulfillment in working alongside them and learning from the growing family of instructors and volunteers at CSTRC -- she would be thrilled to assist you in joining us!
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We are located in the heart of Colorado Springs, nestled in beautiful Palmer Park at Mark Reyner Stables.
We offer a large outdoor arena, a heated indoor arena, multiple riding trails, full boarding, riding lessons, and field trips.
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