Staff Spotlight meet ~ Jessica Shelner

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I first started working at Equest after I graduated college in 2008. I was so excited that a therapeutic riding center, where I could combine my psych degree with my passion for horses, was so close to my home! I completed my certification as a PATH Intl. (then NARHA) instructor by teaching at Equest as… Read more »

Sensory Trail Grand Opening!

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  Our NEW Saddle Safari Discovery Trail will offer riders with special needs the opportunity to improve motor, social, emotional and cognitive functions while exposing them to natural surroundings filled with sights, sounds , smells and tactile sensations. Stops along the trail have been specically designed to stimulate the riders’ senses in different ways ,… Read more »

Staff Spotlight ~ Meet Ashlee Gordon

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Ashlee first came to Equest Center with her 4-h group when she was only 8 years old.  Over the years, she continued to return to the center for practices and volunteering at special events.  The love of horses, knowledge of their care and Ashlee’s calm confidence and strong work ethic made her the perfect candidate… Read more »

Volunteer Spotlight- Lisa Holznagel

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Written by: Marissa Freyling, Volunteer Coordinator “I discovered that the horse is life itself, a metaphor but also an example of life’s mystery and unpredictability, of life’s generosity and beauty, a worthy object of repeated and ever changing contemplation.”  –Jane Smiley The passion for horses has run through Lisa Holznagel’s life from the very young… Read more »

Staff Spotlight ~ Meet Marci DeVries, Equine Program Coordinator

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Staff Spotlight ~Marci DeVries      Equine Program Coordinator PATH International Certified Instructor Certified Secondary Teacher Summer Horsemanship Day Camp Coordinator Marci first came to Equest Center in 1997 as a volunteer while she was in high school.  She was soon hired to clean stalls and, as time went on, became more and more involved… Read more »

Staff Spotlight ~ Meet Marissa Freyling, Volunteer Coordinator

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Meet the New Volunteer Coordinator Marissa!! Marissa is also the lead volunteer on Thursday nights here at Equest.  She is attending Grand Rapids Theological Seminary for her MA in counseling. Her pets include two horses, Mya and Royal, a dog named Maisie, and a cat named Lola. Her hobbies consist of spending time with her… Read more »

Equest Center’s New Website is LIVE!!

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After much hard work and anticipation Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding’s NEW Website is up and Running! This new site has so many new features and capabilities~ whether you are looking for photos of your favorite therapy horse, registering for Summer Horsemanship Day Camp, looking for riding or volunteer forms, photos, checking dates, volunteer opportunities,… Read more »

Our Therapists Have Warm Hearts, Strong Backs, and Flowing Manes

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…and love to be paid with carrots and hugs! Horses are a wonderful medium for relationships and for therapy in a natural environment. Riding therapy has proven to be a highly motivational and enriching therapeutic and educational modality for students to escape their crutches, wheelchairs & disabilities, replacing them with the gentle gait of a well-trained… Read more »

Our Volunteers make a difference!

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Equest Center’s Volunteers… We’re NOT just Horsin’ Around! Throughout the course of each week we benefit from the kindness and giving spirit of many volunteers at Equest. Individuals of all ages — from retired citizens to today’s youth come together to share their skills and devotion to better the lives of the challenged members of… Read more »