Making Strides started in 2019, offering mounted Therapeutic Riding Lessons exclusively to our community. Throughout the years we have witnessed many amazing bonds created by horse and human!
Through our Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies (EAAT) sessions, I noticed profound changes in my students behavior, thinking, motor skills, speech and the like. I witnessed firsthand how spending time on the ground with the horses changed their lives for the better! These unmounted sessions brought purpose, independence, health and hope to those with special and different needs.
As of November 2022, three years after our very first riding lesson, we have decided to reinvent Making Strides and offer unmounted only programs to our community. We may, in the future, offer mounted TR lessons, but for now we will only offer unmounted ground programs.
They will take on an experiential-based approach to learning that utilizes a variety of activities to teach abstract concepts including personal boundaries, self-awareness, cooperation, empathy, impulse control and independence. We hope you will continue to support us in our new endeavors!
As the Founder and Executive Director of Making Strides, Kimberly is passionate about “everything equine”. She has been riding and owned horses for over 30 years. Training and showing under talented instructors in the Hunter/Jumper world, has provided her with the opportunity to pass down a wealth of knowledge to her students.
As a former Barn Manager; a Certified Equine Kinesiology Tape Practitioner; Equine Massage Therapist and Level II Reiki Practitioner she holds a diverse equine background.
In 2018, Kimberly was certified through PATH, Intl. as a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, and is also a PATH, Intl. Certified Mentor. In 2019 her desire to open a Therapeutic Horsemanship Center came to fruition when Making Strides Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc. was opened as a 501 (c)(3) Non Profit Organization. Through her commitment to the community, upholding the highest standards and her genuine love for her equine partners,Making Strides will continue to grow.
Kimberly Childs, Founder & Executive Director
PATH, Intl CTRI & Mentor
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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Jessica started riding at the age of 8 and has been involved with horses on and off since then.
Having made her niche in the corporate world, being at the farm brings her a sense of relaxation and a way to unwind and de-stress from her work life.
Jessica currently lives in Poughkeepsie with her daughter and their dog Skye. Besides being around horses she loves to go on runs and ride motorcycles!