Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification – Donate Today!
The APHF and the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) have forged an innovative partnership to provide yearly scholarship assistance to potential instructors of therapeutic riding. While open to anyone with skills in equine management, horsemanship, instruction, teaching methods and disabilities, preference for scholarships will be awarded to medical professionals.
For a $1,000 donation to the therapeutic instructor certification scholarship fund, you will receive one of sculptor Clay Gant’s limited-edition Cowboy Bronze figurines. There will be five when the series is complete; the fifth will be available in early March 2015. For more information or to make a donation, use our easy online donation form, contact the APHF at 817-222-6412 or email [email protected].
CLAY GANT (COWBOY BRONZE) SCULPTURE SERIES
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The first sculpture starts with the challenge of a little girl lifting and pushing a saddle pad upon her Paint Horse Precious, with a little help from her equine buddy.
In therapeutic programs, the connection with a horse produces a very special bond of “unexpected help.”
|“Where There’s a Will”
The next sculpture introduces Will, a young boy, and his dog, Lacie, who come to the little girl’s aid. With clever teamwork, the little girl pushes the saddle as Will pulls on the rope while Lacie entertains Precious.Together, a handicapped rider and his mount can achieve wonders, even against seemingly insurmountable odds.
|“It’s a Cinch”
With the saddle in place, the trio’s teamwork continues as they figure out how to girth the saddle on the patient Precious.In therapeutic riding, the teamwork between instructor, rider and horse allows riding goals to become achievable.
Will helps his friend in that ingenious way that small cowboys and cowgirls engineer to mount the tall, supremely gentle Paint, while horse and dog patiently wait.With determination, proper instruction and the removal of “can’t,” anything is possible with handicapped riders in therapeutic riding programs.
|“Hope is Back in the Saddle”
The fifth bronze in the series debuted at the APHA Convention in late February. As Hope and her Paint Horse Precious are riding off , Will with Lacie setting by his side are watching. Hope is turning to face them to say “thank you.”This now completes the unique bond of all four. They have come to know each other in action, in a special way with a unspoken task, just as therapeutic riding creates a unique bond between student, horse and instructor.