Naples Therapeutic Riding Center to Host First-Ever, Local Hippotherapy Training Course for Professionals from Around the Country in New, State-of-the-Art Training Facility

Who: Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC), a not-for-profit equestrian center that provides therapeutic horseback riding and equine-related programs for children and adults with special needs, will host occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology professionals from across the United States for the American Hippotherapy Association, Inc. approved Level 1 Hippotherapy Treatment Principles certification training course.

Available for interviews:

  • Carol Huegel, Training Facilitator (Physical Therapist, PATH, International Registered Therapist and Riding Instructor and Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist)
  • Missy Lamont, NTRC Executive Director
  • Mary Fellenz, Course Attendee (Occupational Therapist and NTRC Board Member)

What: This four-day certification course is an overview of the principles of hippotherapy, an evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning in the purposeful manipulation of equine movement to engage sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems to achieve functional outcomes. Once complete, licensed therapists will be certified to offer hippotherapy in their practice.

Attendees will learn the importance of the quality of the horse’s movement and body language in treatment, how to groom, tack and lead the therapy horse, recognize desirable conformation, soundness, movement quality, gaits, and understand training, conditioning and humane treatment of the therapy horse. Attendees will also explore the dynamic system of therapist, patient, horse handler and horse.

When: January 18 – 21, 2018*

*Best photo opportunities with horse interaction will be Friday and Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

Where: Naples Therapeutic Riding Center’s new, state-of-the-art training facility, covered riding arena and equine therapy complex located at 206 Ridge Drive Naples, FL 34108

Why: Naples Therapeutic Riding Center recently underwent a $4 million capital expansion with the goal of expanding and adding programs, providing instructor and volunteer trainings and conducting research that will further the benefits of equine-assisted activities and therapy. This hippotherapy course is one of the wonderful outcomes made possible by this expansion.

This course is the first time it is being offered in Naples and will help launch NTRC’s hippotherapy program later in 2018 allowing local occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech-language pathology professionals to offer this therapy in their practices. NTRC will be the only Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) accredited riding center in Collier County offering hippotherapy.

About Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Established in 1995, Naples Therapeutic Riding Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a mission to improve the lives of children and adults with special needs through therapeutic riding and equine-related programs. With a dedicated staff and group of volunteers, Naples Therapeutic Riding Center, a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Premier Accredited Center, provides therapeutic riding, equine- facilitated learning and equine-facilitated psychotherapy to more than 660 participants per year. Through fundraising efforts, the organization is able to provide this vital therapy to those who need the service most, regardless of income level. Services are provided in partnership through local non-profit organizations and physician referrals for individuals living with special needs and a range of emotional, learning and developmental disabilities. For more information on programs or volunteer opportunities, visit NaplesTherapeuticRidingCenter.org or call 239-596-2988.

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Naples Therapeutic Riding Center Promotes Melissa Lamont to Executive Director

Naples, Fl – Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC), a not-for-profit equestrian center that provides therapeutic horseback riding and equine-related programs for children and adults with special needs, social interaction difficulties and physical challenges, is pleased to announce the promotion of Melissa “Missy” Saracino Lamont to Executive Director.

As Executive Director, Lamont will now serve as chief administrator and report directly to the Board of Directors. In her new role, she will provide administrative leadership for the daily operations of the Center which includes staff, financial and program management.  She is also responsible for the delivery of the Center’s quality programs and services and advancing the organization’s mission.

Lamont’s love of horses began when she started riding at 8 years old. Her passion continued in college where she was a member of the Pennsylvania State University equestrian team. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management with an emphasis in Commercial and Community Recreation.

Lamont started her career with Naples Therapeutic Riding Center as a volunteer in 2008. Later that same year, she was hired as a part-time staff Volunteer Coordinator for therapeutic riding lessons. In 2010, she became a full-time Program Administrator and was then promoted to Program Director in 2012. During this time, she managed scheduling and coordinating sessions, matching up riders with trainers, participant outcome measurements, partnerships with other local charities and an army of 400 volunteers and 500 participants.

During her eight-year tenure with the equestrian center, Lamont has helped NTRC become a major therapeutic player in the Naples area. Some of the major accomplishments achieved under her leadership include the launch of several equine-facilitated learning and psychotherapy programs in collaboration with organizations such as David Lawrence Center and Pace Center for Girls. She also launched outreach summer camps in collaboration with organizations such as Youth Haven, St. Matthew’s House and Shelter for Abused Women and Children. Lamont was also instrumental in the development of Operation Strides, a program for Military veterans.

Most recently, Lamont was part of the successful execution of the Barn Raising Capital Campaign which ended in 2016 with a $4 million expansion that included a new covered arena, multi-purpose training room and new stables.

Prior to joining NTRC, Lamont served as the Tennis and Sports Program Coordinator at the Marco Island Family YMCA and Regional Program Manager at the American Hospitality Academy. 

Lamont is a certified Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Riding Instructor and currently serves as the association’s South Florida, Region Five Chair. She is also certified in Adult and Children Mental Health First Aid.

Lamont’s community involvement includes being a 2015 graduate of the Leadership Collier Foundation GAIN Program, serving on the Board of Directors for Able Academy and as a volunteer for the Naples Children and Education Foundation and Leadership Collier Foundation. Her work with the Leadership Collier Foundation includes serving as a committee member for the Youth Leadership Collier program and Get Involved Collier Volunteer Expo.

In 2014, Lamont was named a Top 40 under 40 by Gulfshore Business Magazine.

 

About Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

Established in 1995, Naples Therapeutic Riding Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a mission to improve the lives of children and adults with special needs through therapeutic riding and equine-related programs. With a dedicated staff and group of volunteers, Naples Therapeutic Riding Center, a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Premier Accredited Center, provides therapeutic riding, equine- facilitated learning and equine-facilitated psychotherapy to more than 660 participants per year. Through fundraising efforts, the organization is able to provide this vital therapy to those who need the service most, regardless of income level. Services are provided in partnership through local non-profit organizations and physician referrals for individuals living with special needs and a range of emotional, learning and developmental disabilities. For more information on programs or volunteer opportunities, visit NaplesTherapeuticRidingCenter.org or call 239-596-2988.

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NTRC Announces Inaugural “Horsin’ a Round Golf Classic” for January 29, 2018

NTRC Announces Inaugural Horsin’ a Round Golf Classic 
To be held Monday, January 29, 2018 at Quail West Golf & Country Club

(Naples, FL, December 7, 2017) – Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC), a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, will kick off 2018 with its inaugural “Horsin’ a Round Golf Classic” on Monday, January 29 at Quail West Golf & Country Club with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start. Proceeds from the tournament will fund NTRC’s vital programs including therapeutic riding, equine-facilitated psychotherapy (EFP), equine-facilitated learning (EFL), Operation Strides (a program for military veterans) and other equine-facilitated activities.

“We are anticipating 88-100 or more golfers this year,” said Bob Daggett, co-chair of the event. “We’re excited to offer the golfing community a tournament on the incredible Quail West golf course. This event is yet another way in which we can support the efforts of a great organization that serves people with various physical and mental disabilities through equine-therapeutic programs.”

The skills developed through golf are similar to the skills the participants with special needs and disabilities develop at NTRC through equine-assisted programs and therapies. “Good golfers develop coordination, balance, core strength and motor skills as they perfect their game. I recently learned that these are some of the skills that participants develop through therapeutic riding at NTRC. It makes sense that we launch a golf tournament to benefit NTRC and recognize the similarities in skill development in our golf community as well as our community of children and adults with special needs,” commented Co-Chair George Jacobs.

NTRC welcomes individuals, businesses and organizations to participate and sponsor the event (Foursomes $1200; Individual Player $325). The format for the tournament is a 4-player Scramble. Prizes include a hole-in-one, longest drive and closest to the pin, in addition to awards for the winning teams. A silent auction will take place along with other ways in which players can support the mission of NTRC. A boxed lunch will be provided to each player prior to the start. At 5:30 p.m. there will be an awards reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages. More information about the tournament, including online registration and sponsorships can be found on NTRC’s website www.naplestherapeuticridingcenter.org/golf.

About Naples Therapeutic Riding Center
Established in 1995, Naples Equestrian Challenge, Inc. d/b/a Naples Therapeutic Riding Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with the mission to improve the lives of children and adults with special needs through therapeutic riding and other equine-related programs. With a dedicated staff and group of volunteers, Naples Therapeutic Riding Center, a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Premier Accredited Center, provides therapeutic riding and other equine-assisted activities and therapy programs to more than 660 participants per year. Through donations and sponsorships, the organization is able to provide this vital therapy to those who need the service most, regardless of income level. NTRC participants live with cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, stroke, autism spectrum disorder, amputations, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis and a range of emotional, learning and developmental disabilities.  For more information on programs or volunteer opportunities, visit www.NaplesTherapeuticRidingCenter.org.

Naples Therapeutic Riding Center collaborates with many other local non-profit organizations to provide the benefits of equine-assisted therapies.  Some of these organizations include David Lawrence Center, Hazelden Betty Ford, Shelter for Abused Women and Children, PACE Center for Girls, ABLE Academy, Youth Haven, Lighthouse of Collier County, MS Center of SWFL, Mental Health Resource Center, Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled and New Beginnings and Naples High of Collier County Public Schools.

Contact:
Betsy Keteltas
239-596-2988
bketeltas@ntrc.org

Naples Therapeutic Riding Center is a proud partner of:

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH)The Naples Children and Education Foundation
United Way of Collier County

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NTRC Presents PATH Registered Workshop

We are excited to share that we will be hosting a PATH Registered Workshop Thursday, February 1, 2018 – Sunday, February 4, 2018.

Lead Evaluator: Sandy Webster

In order to become a PATH International certified instructor, a candidate must successfully complete the two phases of the registered certification process. For current information on this process, please refer to the booklets provided on the PATH International website at www.pathintl.org under the Certification drop down menu.
Any questions regarding phase one should be directed to the PATH International
office, and questions regarding phase two should be directed to the PATH
International office or Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC).

More information is available on our flyer

We are now accepting applicants registration.

_______ Instructor workshop only $450
_______ Workshop & Certification $650
_______ Certification only* $350
*Please provide proof of attendance at a PATH approved on
-site workshop within the previous two years or provide a
certification re-submission letter.

Registration Deadline: December 31, 2017

Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

206 Ridge Drive, Naples FL 34108

239-596-2988

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NTRC Presents AHA, Inc. Approved Level 1 Treatment Principles

We are excited to share that we will be offering the American Hippotheraphy Association, Level 1 Course Thursday, January 18, 2018 – Sunday, January 21, 2018. 

Coordinating Faculty: Carol Huegel, PT, HPCS

This 4 day course is an overview of the principles of hippotherapy, designed for therapists (PT, OT, SLP, PTA, COTA, and SLPA) interested in utilizing hippotherapy in their practice. The first day emphasizes the horse, and the importance of the quality of the horse’s movement working in treatment. Using experiential non-mounted activities, the attendee will learn to interpret the body language of the horse, groom, tack and lead the therapy horse, recognize desirable conformation, soundness, movement quality, gaits, and understand training, conditioning and humane treatment of the therapy horse.

More information is available on the Level 1 Course Brochure.

We are now accepting applicants registration.

Early registration on or before December 18, 2017
_____ $750 for AHA, Inc. Member / $875 for Non-AHA, Inc. Member
After December 18, 2017
_____ $800 for AHA, Inc. Member / $925 for Non-AHA, Inc. Member    

      

Naples Therapeutic Riding Center

206 Ridge Drive, Naples FL 34108

239-596-2988

      

 

 

 

                

 

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Thank You Naples Children & Education Foundation!

The Naples Children & Education Foundation, founders of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, has a long history of making things possible at Naples Therapeutic Riding Center. NTRC is grateful for their support and looks forward to the next year of programs made possible by their generous grant. Because of the Foundation, therapeutic riding and other equine-facilitated programs will continue to impact the lives of hundreds of children with special needs and disabilities

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Missy Saracino Featured in eBella Magazine

Inspired Living: Passion and Purpose by Julia Browning

“Tally Ho! Missy Saracino helps bring Collier County a revolutionary therapeutic technique.”

 

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Thanks To B-C Foundation Station

It is so great that NTRC realizes how important continuing education is for the staff and the volunteers.  Thanks to Chris Cook of B-C Foundation Station for coming to NTRC and sharing is Horse Development and Horses Helping Humans curriculum clinic.  Being involved with horses, on the ground or in the saddle is a never ending learning experience.

Lea Haven, PATH Certified Instructor at NTRC

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NEC Announces Name Change

Naples Equestrian Challenge Announces New Name
       
 Announcement comes on the heels of capital campaign completion

(Naples, FL, March 7, 2017) – Naples Equestrian Challenge (NEC) is excited to announce that it has changed its name to Naples Therapeutic Riding Center (NTRC).  NEC has provided therapeutic riding and other equine-assisted programs for children and adults with special needs for more than 20 years and will continue to do so as NTRC.

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Volunteers Build Lasting Memories

On Saturday, March 11, 2017, NTRC celebrated our volunteers along with our name change and the new expansion that we will be opening soon. 

I hope the volunteers realized what an important asset they are to NTRC.  Without them we could not run our program.  They are all so invested in helping our riders, taking care of the horses, doing property improvements and working in the office.  I don’t ever remember a volunteer saying “no” when we ask them to do something.

They clocked over 16,000 volunteer hours in the year of 2016 – that is amazing.

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