Sharing our passion

Watching the successes of our students with our horses is one of our greatest joys. We’ve seen students come on crutches and learn to walk after riding our horses. Children who could barely speak, start to string together full sentences and ultimately, conversations. And people with little confidence begin to believe in themselves and have hope again after interacting with our horses. It is inspiring to see the transformations.

These accomplishments are only possible with a highly trained herd of horses and experienced team of instructors and equine specialists. Our instructors are some of the best in the business. Many have worked with horses their entire lives, riding, training and showing. And the majority of our team has been teaching therapeutic riding for 10 years, and many 20 years and more.

2021 Fieldstone Farm Educational Series
Are you interested in advancing your knowledge of therapeutic horsemanship? Is it your dream to become a therapeutic riding instructor? Are you a volunteer committed to deepening your understanding of equine-assisted activities? If so, the experienced instructional team at Fieldstone Farm has developed an all-new information-packed series designed to improve PATH Certified Instructors’ skills, and to provide guidance for those interested in stating the process to become certified therapeutic riding and driving instructors. Topics range from lesson planning to volunteer management to horse selection.

Our 2021 Instructor Workshops:

August 16
September 20
October 11
November 8

Both classroom and hands on learning will provide Continuing Education hours that directly relate to the industry. One of the workshops will be dedicated to providing 6 Disability Continuing Education hours. The remaining 3 workshops will have topics that range from lesson planning to volunteer management to horse selection. The workshops also provide hands on learning. To register for the workshops, click here.

For more information, please contact Tonya Zimmer at tzimmer@fieldstonefarmtrc.com.

PATH Intl. Driving Demo Only Workshop

Fieldstone Farm will be hosting a PATH Intl. Driving Demo Only workshop on August 21st and 22nd, 2021!

The Workshop is for anyone interested in learning about therapeutic driving and required for those who considering becoming a PATH Intl. driving instructor. Teaching Faculty are Tina Bennett and Lauren Fitzgerald. Participants will learn about a range of disabilities, teaching techniques, task analysis, class structure, lesson plans, horse selection and welfare, driving and adaptive equipment, mounting and dismounting, and volunteers.

To register click here.  Registration is open NOW! Space is limited, don’t delay.

For questions and more information, please contact Lauren Simak at Lsimak@fieldstonefarm.org.

FACULTY

Tina Bennett: Lead Evaluator – a Lead Evaluator for PATH Driving Instructor workshop/Certifications; 46-year career of working and training horses for riding and driving; instructor certifications for both riding and driving with PATH International and Michigan 4-H for over 25 years; a licensed USTA Groom, Owner Breeder, Trainer and Driver working with Standardbred’s since 1983; Program Director and Lead Instructor for the 4-H Horseback Riding for the Handicappers Program of Bay County and the Exceptional Horseback Riders of Saginaw County; since 1995 serves on and off the PATH Driving Committee as a committee member or advisor and currently is the committee chair ; manager of Temptation Farm – a breeding, foaling and training facility for Jensen Quarter Horses.

Lauren Fitzgerald: Associate Evaluator – dually certified PATH Advanced Level and Driving Level III Instructor; a lead registered riding evaluator and lead driving evaluator; graduate of Centenary College’s program of Equine Studies with a concentration in instruction and training; a B.A. in English from Fordham University; active in equine assisted activities for many years and currently works at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding in Old Lyme, CT.; in 2015 received the Sis Gould Driving Award from PATH International.