Staff Spotlight, Interview with ~ Shelly Fox

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I recently got a chance to interview a young lady who has had an incredible impact at Equest Center, Shelly Fox.  She plays a part in every aspect of running the center, from organizing staff,and teaching lessons, to raising funds.  If you spend anytime around Equest you will be sure to meet Shelly. When did… Read more »

#GIVING TUESDAY ~ A message from Silver ~ Celebrating Equest Center’s 25 Anniversary

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  Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding is gearing up to celebrate their 25th Silver Anniversary in 2015 and they’ve asked “Silver Pony” to send out a challenge in their honor. HERE’S THE CHALLENGE-  WE NEED 2500 PEOPLE TO DONATE $25 IN THE NEXT 25 DAYS. Equest Center serves kids with physical, mental, social and emotional disabilities – 180… Read more »


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Another Amazing way you can support Equest Center!  AmazonSmile is a program where Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to Equest Center. You can use this link to start shopping and donating to Equest!   Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding Inc    

Staff Spotlight Meet ~ Jennifer Baniukaitis

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I started at Equest in the fall of 2005, as a volunteer. I mainly worked in the daytime classes as a leader and side-walker. I have always loved horses and thought this would be a great way to get my horse fix as well as helping riders with their therapy. After my first volunteer orientation… Read more »

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 »