Become a Rider
Therapeutic Horseback Riding — Mounted horseback riding for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well-being of people with disabilities through the teaching of horsemanship skills. Currently we conduct four, eight-week sessions per year. Session costs are $320 per rider. Apply for our Spring Session which starts on April 9, 2024 by completing the Student Emergency Contact Form and then downloading and completing the Student Application and the Physician's Letter.
Classes by Special Request
Equine-Assisted Activities - Any specific center activity, such as therapeutic riding, mounted or ground activities, grooming and stable management, shows, parades, demonstrations, etc. in which the center’s participants, volunteers, instructors, and equines are involved. This would include Veterans Programs for those persons dealing with PTSD.
Cowboy Poetry — An equine-assisted learning curriculum of Character Education based on the essence of “Cowboy Poetry” or “The Code of the West” for at-risk youth - our staff, partnered with horses, utilizes Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) as they present participants with challenges that stimulate healthy life skills and positive behavior changes.
OUR INSTRUCTOR STAFF
As required by the Certified Horsemanship Association, we have three part-time certified/registered instructors who are responsible for providing therapeutic riding instruction for people with special needs. These talented and caring individuals create and implement lesson plans that are organized to address each student's goals as stated by their parents, physicians, and therapists.
Rebekah Hastings - Head Certified Instructor
Rebekah started as an Instructor in Training at Eagles' Wings Stable in 2009. Prior to her involvement with Eagle’s Wings, Rebekah received an Associate’s Degree in Equine Studies from Ohio University Southern. During her studies she focused on therapeutic riding and trained at the University’s therapeutic riding center. Rebekah became a certified instructor shortly after starting at Eagle’s Wings. Rebekah contributes ten plus years of horse experience working in a variety of equine settings including therapeutic riding, traditional horseback riding, and daily equine care.
Gail Duer - Registered Instructor
Gail learned of Eagles' Wings while at a neurologist appointment with her daughter and grandson who was severely handicapped. She is a horse lover from childhood with some experience but had to get “back in the saddle” after 35 years. So, combining all of these interests and achievements, Eagles Wings was a perfect outlet and therapy for her. She began in 2007 as a horse leader and was certified as an instructor in 2011 through Fieldstone Farms Therapeutic Riding Stables. She thoroughly enjoys her students and has been amazed at the “miracles” she has witnessed.
Amy Young - Certified Instructor
Amy Young, is our Volunteer Coordinator and a CHA certified instructor. She has worked with horses and individuals with disabilities for about 20 years. Those are two of her three passions, the third being water and swimming. She was lucky enough to work in Yellowstone National Park in 2015 where she was a wrangler, taking people on trail rides through the park. Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, her two horses, her dog, and her cat. She looks forward to meeting everyone and working closely together to make this a successful program for all of the individuals we serve!