News from Brickhouse Equestrian Center (BEC) and Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding  (CATR) 
October 2015 

Welcome to the 
 BEC Staff!

 Brickhouse Equestrian Center would like to announce and welcome our newest instructor, Marla Tupper!  Marla grew up in the Aiken area and has been around horses her whole life.  She has years of experience in show jumping, eventing, riding side saddle, driving and playing polo.  As an avid equestrian, Marla is knowledgeable about the Pony Club curriculum and has judged countless competitions.  In addition to her extensive riding and teaching background, Marla has a leather repair business in Camden, which she is planning to relocate to the Charleston area. 
Everyone at BEC is thrilled to have such an accomplished equestrian join our team.  

Welcome, Marl a! 

CATR & BEC Events

October 24th 
1:00 - 2:30
Volunteer Enrichment: Disability Awareness
E-mail Anja at for details.

October 25th
BEC Gymkhana
E-mail Julia at for registration.

October 31st 
Coastal Island Horse Show

November 4th - 7th
PATH Intl. Annual Conference & Meeting

November 10th 
7:00 p.m.
Film Screening @ 
 Terrace Theater
Click here for tickets.

November 13th 

TUW Day of Caring

November 14th 
Middleton Horse Show

November 21st 
Coastal Island Horse Show

November 23rd - 28th 
CATR Fall Break 
Happy Thanksgiving!

December 12th 
CATR & BEC Annual Holiday Party

December 12th & 13th
PSJ Horse Show

December 14th - 18th
CATR Make-up Week

Ways YOU can help! 


- Lessons
- Special events
- Office and tech support
- Photography and videography

Contact Karen at for details.

Wish List
- Toilet paper and paper towels 
- Cleaning supplies
- Stamps 
- New curry combs and body brushes  
- Gift cards to Black Bottom Tack, Island Tack Shack, Meeting Street Tack, Cordray's, Dover Saddlery, Costco, Staples, Lowe's, Tractor Supply, etc.
- New laptop computers
- New office printer 
- Small refrigerator with freezer
- White exterior paint
- Bottled water

Raise the Roof!
Building our Covered Arena
Thank you to the many CATR friends who have invested in our future! CATR is on the verge of seeing our dream of a covered arena come true! Trident Construction has begun the preliminary building process,  and we are on track to break ground before the end of 2015.
We are thrilled to be moving forward but still need your enthusiasm and support to Raise the Roof!
Here's how YOU can Raise the Roof!

About how to honor a friend, family member or horse with a Raise the Roof Naming Opportunity! Click here.  
2. Share
Our exciting project by e-mail, Facebook and when talking to friends!
To help Raise the Roof! Click here.
American Hippotherapy Association
Mira Kraft attends Level II Training Course

CATR Instructor and Occupational Therapist, Mira Kraft, recently attended an American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) Level II Course at Greenlock Therapeutic Riding Center in Rehoboth,  Massachusetts.  

Hippotherapy refers to the incorporation of equine movement by physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech language pathology professionals in treatment.  The rhythm of the horse's movement promotes overall organization and has a regulatory effect on physiological systems.   Muscle tone, respiration and sensory integration are  affected by the horse's gait.

The regulation of systems is the foundation of attaining treatment goals for our  clients in areas such as  fine and gross motor skills, coordination and  communication.   At the training course, a two-year old (pictured
 with Mira) completed a post-hippotherapy test which indicated that she  was positively impacted by the horse's movement.  She showed increased tone and improved posture, was more focused during tabletop activities, demonstrated an improved grip and was  more secure in her gross motor movements.

The horse's movement is a therapy tool that cannot be easily duplicated in any other clinical setting.  A horse takes approximately 3,000 steps in a 30 minute session. Moving on the horse's back also provides a constantly changing visual backdrop.   To mimic hippotherapy in a clinic, a therapist would have to constantly move a large therapy ball while also facilitating therapeutic activities and  playing a movie to simulate moving through space.

This dynamic treatment makes hippotherapy extremely effective for many individuals with disabilities.  We are thrilled that Mira's commitment to training through AHA will allow CATR to offer  hippotherapy in the future.

To learn more about hippotherapy visit the AHA website at 

Meg's Marathon 
Celebrating big birthdays in 2016

Meg Davidson has been an outstanding volunteer with CATR since 2006 and has volunteered over 700 hours for our therapeutic riding programs and special events! In addition, Meg continues to be a leader among our volunteer corps, often assisting with welcoming new volunteers and supporting a sense of community at our farm.

In 2016,  Meg and CATR will both 
be celebrating birthdays - 
Meg's 70th and CATR's 25th!   To commemorate both occasions, Meg is running a marathon in (aptly named) Celebration, Florida on January 31, 2016!  As a dedicated CATR volunteer, Meg has asked friends and family to celebrate her 70th and support her marathon by making a "birthday" gift to CATR!

In Meg's letter to friends and family, she wrote, "While training for a marathon requires much physical and mental effort, it is nothing compared to the challenges I see every week for the riders and those who care for them."  Meg's passion for our students and their wonderful accomplishments at CATR has already inspired many gifts to CATR in her honor.   Meg has raised over $3,750 for CATR, and we still have four months to go!  

As Meg continues to prepare for the marathon on January 31st, we hope you will help make her training a little easier by celebrating both birthdays with a gift to CATR!

  Click here to make a gift in honor of Meg today!  Donations can also be sent to CATR at P.O. Box 146, Johns Island, SC 29457.
CATR Intern
Meet Abbie Boisvert

Abbie Boisvert is a senior Anthropology major at the College of Charleston who is currently doing a semester long internship at CATR.  Abbie's internship goals include learning more about different forms of therapy and about non-profit organizations. 
According to Abbie, "The most important lesson my anthropology major has taught me so far is that there is no fundamental difference between people.  I hope to use the open mindedness this degree is giving me to learn more about the culture I am now immersed in, which is that of a therapeutic riding center." 
So far, Abbie's internship responsibilities have included hands-on work in program as a horse leader and side-walker and assisting with volunteer administration and recruitment. Abbie says, "Interning at CATR has made me realize what kind of person I want to become. This opportunity is making graduation seem a lot less daunting!"

If you would like more information about CATR's Internship Opportunities, please contact Karen Brittle at .

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