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 PATH, Intl. certified instructors, equine specalists and dedicated volunteers, each committed to continuing in the developement and implementation of the theraperutic strategies envisioned by our founder.

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Program Staff

Board of Directors

Shawna Burkholder


Rick Backer


Chad Wojtkowski

Board Member

Amanda Casselman

Board Member