Our History

Originating as a 4-H project in 1982 for a young Marcia Gross, Equus Therapeutic, a unique to our area program was born.  The use of the horse as a non-traditional treatment partner capitalized on the dynamic atmosphere of the equine/human bond for learning and emotional growth.

The retirement of our founder, Marcia Gross in 2012 facilitated a restructuring of our Board of Directors and a new base of operation for the physical program.  In 2016 the program secured Whispering Pines Farm, LLC, a private barn as our new permanent home.  We have assembled a strong team of experienced therapeutic instructors, equine specialists and dedicated volunteers, each committed to continuing in the development and implementation of the therapeutic strategies envisioned by our founder.

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Program Staff

Lori Wojtkowski-Program Director/Head Instructor

After earning her degree in Equine Studies Lori went on to work for several prestigious Morgan training stables such as Kohler Stables, Orcland Farm and Green Meads farm over a 20 year period. Opening her own farm, Whispering Pines Farm, LLC in 1996, Lori used her ‘think outside the box’ and cross-training techniques to find show-ring success directly and thru her students. In 2013 received her Therapeutic Riding Instructor certification thru PATH, Intl. In 2016 Equus Therapeutic, Inc. was re-structuring and combined forces with Lori’s small, Berkshire Equine Therapeutic Riding Center to the new Equus Therapeutic, Inc.  Lori has been a Massachusetts Licensed Riding Instuctor since 1996.

Board of Directors

Amanda Casselman


Rick Backer


Chad Wojtkowski

Board Member

Shirley Bailly

Board Member