News from Brickhouse Equestrian Center (BEC) and Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding  (CATR) 
July 2016  

Volunteer Appreciation 

On Friday, June 24th, the CATR staff hosted it's 4th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Party!  CATR instructor, Melissa Weir and her husband, Tom, generously offered their home and excellent party-throwing skills for the event.  It was a wonderful evening celebrating the people who help to make a difference in the lives of CATR students each day! Thank you Tom and Melissa for such a fun party!  Click here to view more photos.

As our summer session comes to an end, we want to extend a HUGE THANKS to all of our volunteers! 
Our program would not be possible without YOU! 

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CATR & BEC Upcoming Events

July 7th 
BEC Pony Club Meet

July 22nd

BEC Pony Club Meet

August 27th 
Volunteer Orientation & Training (For information contact Anja Cain at 

September 8th - 10th 
Staff Advanced Prep Workshop with
Marny Mansfield 

September 12th
First day of fall session

November 2nd - 5th 
PATH Intl. Conference 

We're Getting Close to Raising the Roof! 
CATR's Covered Arena is Almost Complete

In 2012, we dreamed of a covered arena at CATR.  With tremendous support, that dream is starting to come true!  

Most importantly, CATR's new "roof" will allow us to provide consistent lessons to our students.  The covered arena will eliminate the need to cancel due to inclement weather and will also facilitate expansion of our program in to the summer months.  In addition, this major facility improvement will open the door for CATR to conduct much-needed research and to become a training and education center. 

This project is essential to CATR's growth and ability to better serve the individuals who turn to us for help.  Construction is moving along, but we still have work to do to build the best "roof" for our students!  We invite you to be a part of "Raising the Roof" to help us reach our goal and make every day a great day for riding at CATR!  Naming opportunities are available.  Click here to visit our website for more information. 

Please stop by to see the progress any time! For daily updates, keep checking our Facebook and Instagram pages and help us spread the word by sharing our photos and using the hashtag #CATRRaisestheRoof.

If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact Murray Neale at 843-559-6040 or

Cheers to "Raising the Roof" at CATR!

Topping Out Party 6.16.16
Going to Williamsburg 
PATH Intl. Conference & Annual Meeting
One of the most important and comprehensive continuing education events in the field of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) is the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) Conference and Annual Meeting.  Therapeutic riding instructors, center administrators and volunteers from all over the US and Canada meet to learn about a wide variety of topics ranging from successful new programs and current research to  administrative practice s. The conference provides EAAT professionals with the necessary information to stay up to date with the developments in our industry. In addition, the conference offers opportunities to network and collaborate with instructors and therapeutic riding centers from all over the country. 
Each year the PATH Intl. Conference is held in a different location, and we are thrilled that the 2016 conference is going to be close to home in Williamsburg, Virginia! At the beginning of November, several CATR instructors will travel to Williamsburg to immerse themselves in three full days of professional development.

CATR instructors, Anja Cain and Amanda Gerald, will be leading one of the available conference workshops with a presentation about teaching students the unmounted skill of lungeing. Specifically, their presentation will outline the experiences of two CATR students, Janet Summers and Susie Straus. Longtime CATR volunteer, Pete Laurie, has contributed to the presentation by photographing their lessons throughout the spring session.

The presentation began with the goal of developing an innovative and meaningful curriculum for students who are participating in unmounted activities. We hope that sharing our experience and success will inspire other instructors to challenge students at their centers with learning the complex and rewarding skill of lungeing horses for schooling and exercise.

Susie Straus lungeing Greystone
The PATH Intl. Conference & Annual Meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about the EAAT field.  Click here for more information about the 2016 Conference in Williamsburg.     
BEC Summer Camp 
Pony Clubbers Assist Instructors 
Brickhouse Equestrian Center offers three to four summer camps each year.  This year, two of the camps were for beginners.  Campers learned basic riding and horse care skills and also tried vaulting.  They even worked together to come up with their own freestyle vaulting presentation that they demonstrated for their parents on the last day of camp!   Click here to check out the video. 
Since all of the campers for these two weeks were beginners, we needed extra hands.  Fortunately several members of the BEC Pony Club were up to the challenge! Katie Cannon, Morgan Coleman, Lily Rogers, Ashley Yost and Shannon Yost were all a huge help.  Their equestrian skills were put to the test as they assisted instructors to help campers groom and tack their horses, to give them leg ups and to teach them about general horse care.  

Ashley and Shannon Yost wrote a short article about this experience in their own words:  
"Volunteering for BEC's Summer Camp was a great experience!  It has expanded our knowledge in horsemanshi p.  The kids were such good li steners, and we enjoyed teaching them.  They quizzed us on many different things and even taught us new tricks for doing things that we would have
never thought to do.

This camp has helped us learn to tack up and cool off the horses faster.  We learned how to lead a horse in the trot.  We even reviewed our vaulting skills when we helped the kids with their freestyle presentation.

Overall, volunteering for this camp brought us closer to the staff, the other volunteers and the horses.  Now we know much more about the horses and feel more comfortable around them.  We hope that we will have the opportunity to help out with camp next year.  We loved volunteering but can't wait to be campers ourselves in BEC's Advanced Summer Camp next week!"

Thank you to all of the Pony Clubbers who helped BEC's beginner campers to have a safe and fun experience at Summer Camp!