News from Brickhouse Equestrian Center (BEC) and Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding  (CATR) 
July 2018  

CATR Congratulates Kenna Brookshire!
Kenna Brookshire interned for CATR in the spring of 2017 as part of her coursework at the College of Charleston. 
After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and a minor in Psychology, Kenna joined the staff as CATR's part-time Administrative Assistant.  Kenna did a tremendous amount of work for the Blue Jean Ball, helped to train our new vaulting horse and assisted with the Interactive Vaulting Program.  We are thrilled that Kenna continues to take on more responsibility at CATR and has recently accepted the position of Volunteer Coordinator. 
Congrats, Kenna!   

CATR Welcomes Chloe Garrison!
Chloe Garrison began volunteering at CATR in in 2017 and quickly became invested in our work helping children and adults with disabilities.  Her equestrian background and her love for working with children and families made pursuing a therapeutic riding instructor certification through PATH Intl. a logical step.  Chloe completed her student teaching hours under CATR Instructors, Anja Cain and Lauren Gayden.  We are proud to say that Chloe successfully earned her certification at the PATH Intl. Registered Instructor Certification that CATR hosted in early June!  She has joined CATR's staff teaching lessons this summer and in the fall and spring on Saturday mornings.  Welcome, Chloe!  

CATR & BEC Upcoming Events

CATR & BEC Summer Olympic Games Camp
August 6th - 9th

Camp Rise Above
Day Camp
August 11th

Volunteer Orientation & Training
August 25th
Contact Kenna Brookshire to sign up!

Horse Leader Training
September 5th
Contact Kenna Brookshire to sign up!

CATR Fall Session
Sept. 8th - Dec. 8th

World Equestrian Games
September 11th - 23rd

Pony Up Movie Night
October, 13th
5:30 to 9:30
Details coming soon! 

PATH Intl. Conference & Annual Meeting
October 25th - 29th

CATR Fall Break
Nov. 19th - 25th

CATR Holiday Week
Dec. 3rd - 8th   

CATR's Wish List
As we gear up for our fall therapeutic riding session, we have a compiled a wish list of office supplies, basic barn supplies and horse tack and equipment to help us get prepared.
Click here to check out the full list!     
Please contact Amanda Gerald at with questions about how you can help.  Thank you!
June Challenge Match  
The Speedwell Foundation 

A HUGE THANK YOU to all who contributed to The Speedwell Foundation Challenge Match in June!  Together we raised $29,435!
Michael and Jenny Messner of The Speedwell Foundation were incredibly generous and decided to give us the full $50,000 match, making our total $79,435!!!!  We are thrilled and are looking forward to a great year of improving lives through therapeutic horsemanship! 
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
State Meeting & Volunteer Education Day    
PATH Intl. Continuing Education   

On Saturday May 19th, CATR hosted a Volunteer Conference & PATH Intl. State Meeting & Education Day.  CATR Volunteers were invited to  attend this educational workshop free of charge, and all others were charged a minimal fee.  Over thirty people participated and many traveled to attend!  

There were three classroom sessions at the Johns Island Library and one practical session at CATR's facility.  CATR Student, Kimberly Taylor, kicked off the day with her presentation, Insight vs. Eyesight.  She and her guide dog, Fonzi, left participants with new ideas for working with visually impaired students.

Speech-Language Pathologist, Jenny Tate, talked about  common communication impairments and gave   several strategies to encourage   therapeutic riding students to express themselves.  Participants learned about augmentative de vices that may be helpful in assisting riders' communication during lessons.   

Trainer, Mediator, Health Community Worker and Health Educator, Tonya Convington spoke about navigating the diverse populations served at therapeutic riding centers.  There was an open discussion and many thoughts and feelings were shared during this enlightening presentation. 
CATR Instructors, Anja Cain, Holly Heller and Andrea Smith led a  hands-on workshop aimed at training volunteer sidewalkers to be more instrumental in assisting riders during lessons.  The focus was  on proper rider posture and alignment, hand position, foot placement, stirrup safety and varying levels of support.

Thank you to all of our wonderful presenters!  It was a great day of learning, and we look forward to hosting many more educational workshops at CATR! 
BEC Goes to Mullet Hall 
Trail Riding & Horse Showing 

Over Memorial Day weekend, the BEC Pony Clubbers took several horses to Mullet Hall Equestrian Center for a trail ride. For many of the clubbers, it was their first time riding away from the farm. The kids loved the experience and learned a lot!  They discussed and experienced first-hand how to haul horses, what tack and equipment is essential to pack when riding off-site, how to safely ride in the open and on the trail, and the benefits of hacking for both horse and rider.
"Hacking" refers to riding a horse (generally on a trail) for light exercise. Hacking is not only great exercise for both horse and rider, it adds variety to training. Getting out of the ring gives horses a mental break and helps prevent them from becoming sour in lessons.  Not to mention, it is always fun to explore the beautiful  trails at Mullet Hall!    
The following weekend, on Saturday, June 2nd, five BEC students and   horses went back to Mullet Hall to compete in the Sand Dollar Horse Show.

Georgia Montgomery, Ellis Farley, Madison Harris and Blynn Roumillat were all brand-new to the show ring!  Alana Long competed after a short break following the birth of her son, Dominic.
Congratulations to Alana (Special Equitation 2'6" Champion on Jones), Blynn (Evergreen Equitation 2' Champion on Buttercup), Ellis (on Taco), Madison (on Rosie), and Georgia  (Walk/Trot Individual Canter Champion on Greystone)!

All did a great job and are busy preparing for their next show!  Way to go, BEC Students!
Pictured left to right: Blynn Roumillat, Miller Hiers, Madison Harris, Georgia Montgomery, Ellis Farley, Alana Long
CATR Goes International  
HETI Conference, Dublin, Ireland 

At the end of June, CATR staff members, Murray Neale, Anja Cain and Amanda Gerald traveled  to Dublin, Ireland to attend the 16th International HETI Congress of Equine Facilitated Programs.  396 professionals from 70 countries participated!
The Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI) "facilitates the worldwide collaboration between organizations and individuals whose objectives are philanthropic, scientific and educational in the field of equine assisted activities."
Anja and Amanda's presentation, "The Circular Classroom" was among the offered  presentations that were packed in to three full days.  1000 abstracts were submitted, and an interesting variety of 85 projects were chosen.  Topics included research about the efficacy of various equine assisted activities, equine welfare, tracking rider progress and much, much more.  It was wonderful to hear about the innovative things that are happening with horses and individuals with disabilities throughout the world.  There are subtle differences in our approaches, but we were continuously reminded that we all have one common goal - to improve lives through working with horses.   
There was plenty of time to network with old friends and make new contacts from all over the globe with social events each night.  Festina Lente, the local therapeutic riding center, hosted a beautiful rendition of Snow White featuring therapy horses and rescue dogs as the main actors!  We were also treated to a traditional Irish dance and farewell dinner.   
We would like to thank everyone at HETI for organizing an informative, inspiring and fun conference!  Planning for the 17th HETI Congress in 2021 is already underway and will be hosted in Seoul, South Korea by the Korea Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship.  We hope a few CATR staff members can attend!