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Therapeutic Horsemanship

We are a 501(c)3 Non Profit Organization. Providing therapeutic horsemanship through equine assisted activities to mentally and physically challenged persons... fostering independence and success in everyday life activities and social settings.

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Colleen Vermeulen
PATH Int'l  Advanced Instructor
Special Olympics Equestrian Coach
Therapeutic riding instructor at 7 Star Amarillo

 Welcome to GaitQuest Therapeutic Horsemanship
I am a 2008 graduate of Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship ( in Wylie, TX.  This is an intense hands on 6 week PATH instructor training course  It required 24/7 attendance.  I dormed with 4 other students that were from all over the world and USA (Israel, Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Washington  State)
There were 10 student positions available  and only 9 were filled after the required written/riding entrance exam.  Out of the 9, 2 were selected to sit the closed book advanced instructor test at the end of the 6 week course .  Only 10% of PATH Instructors are at the Advanced or Master level of certification.  
I chose to become a therapeutic riding instructor a few years back with regards to owning horses my whole life and my administrative background.... thinking what a wonderful way to give back what horses have given to me!!  I felt it was imperative to build a program through PATH standards and guidelines.  Safety for all involved is the # 1 priority in this business along with fostering independence and having fun!!
Westernaires-Denver CO 
Early Adult:
 RMPHA-Rocky Mtn Paint Horse Association
                   1985 RMPHA Queen-Colorado
APHA      American Paint Horse Association
Trained and showed english/western
Assistant Trainer Meadow Green Farms, Longmont CO
Simpson Cutting Horses, Whitesboro TX
Riding instructor and advisor in purchasing first time horses for families-Arizona
Equest graduate (Jan-Mar 2008) - Valedictorian
Pre - Program Development Advisor-Open Arms Therapy
Special Olympics Equestrian Coach
Therapeutic Riding Instructor at 7 Star in Amarillo
Continuing education toward PATH Master Instructor Certification
Equine hobbies and Memberships:
PATH Int'l member
Member AQHA
Member American Haflinger Registry
Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association
Team Roping
Ranch Rodeo
Trail Riding
English riding
Cowboy Mounted Shooting