WHO WE ARE
We are an affiliate of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl), the premier organization that provides leadership and certification for equine therapy instructors and therapy programs. (http://www.pathintl.org)
We currently have one PATH Intl. certified instructor who is on sight for all sessions. We also have four additional teachers who are in training for certification by PATH Intl.
To assist riders, we have lots of volunteers, many of whom are also veterans.
Our Board of Directors
Gus Jolley – President: Gus received his certification as an equine-assisted therapeutic riding instructor in 2002 from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH Intl.), the premier organization that trains, certifies, and monitors equine-assisted therapy programs internationally. He is also certified in CPR and first aid. He has 35 years of horse experience and 14 years as an equine-assisted therapy instructor. Gus is an active member of the American Legion and Vietnam Veterans of America. As a former range technician with the Bureau of Land Management, Gus led staff and volunteer groups on horseback into wilderness areas of the Colorado Rockies, as well as teaching horse safety classes for BLM in Albuquerque and Canon City, Co.
David Mead – Vice President: David has over 20 years of horse experience including two years as a therapeutic riding instructor. He was co-owner of a successful commercial contracting business in Santa Fe for six years before becoming a full time Real Estate Broker. Both careers gave him extensive contacts in the community. He is currently co-owner of Mead & Von Eschen Group Realty in Santa Fe, NM.
Sue Taylor – Secretary: Sue became involved with Listening Horse during the first American Endurance Ride Conference (AERC) endurance ride fundraiser and is new to the board. She has been around horses her whole life, not generally as a rider, but in a support role for her riding family. Sue is looking forward to working with the instructors at Listening Horse and learning all that is involved with Therapeutic Horsemanship. Sue currently works at PNM.
Laurie Seton – Member: Laurie is a former Santa Fe business woman with a background in retail management, marketing, and special events planning. She joined Listening Horse in 2010 as volunteer coordinator and immediately devoted herself to learning how to ride, working with horses and with riders with special needs. She is currently the Communications Director and a Listening Horse instructor.
Meet the Hardest Workers
Promise is full of personality and connects beautifully with those who show her their honest side. Though we don’t know her exact age, we believe she was born in 1992 and has been a therapy horse since the beginning, in 2010. Currently the sole mare of the heard, she knows really well how to get along with others.
Zorro is a goofy guy. He’s the king of doing off-the-wall, funny things and is great at opening latches with his nose. Beginning in 2010, Zorro has worked tirelessly as an equine therapist and loves giving and getting human attention. If you look at him closely, you can see why he’s a Palomino Paint.
Tucker, aka Ginger because of his gorgeous coloring, began his therapy work in the spring of 2016. He’s generously loaned to us while we’re operating, by his humans who live just outside of Santa Fe. Tucker already has a long list of folks he has served at Listening Horse. He also does Search and Rescue for the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Posse and if anyone can handle all this important and hard work, it’s Tucker. He’s loved by all.
This is Brush. He was born in 2002 and started his equine-assisted therapy career in 2016. Gentle and loving, Brush is very chill and loves connecting with people. His good looks and temperament bring him lots of attention from his herd friends and humans alike.
Magic is a huge and beautiful, flea-bitten grey, quarter horse. Born in 1999, he’s lead a very chill life and loves to connect with humans. Though he’s not in any hurry to move quickly, he’s always watching for the food to come his way. He’s been lending his skills as an equine therapist since 2013.
Meet Shalomar, an Egyptian Arab. As a youngster, he showed in dressage and jumped. After working in search and rescue for 5 years, he served with pride as a mounted police horse the last 15 years of his professional life. Shalomar and his owner retired a few years ago, moved to Santa Fe and have both volunteered their services since 2014. So much for retirement! Shalomar is not your typical Arab—he’s very quiet, patient, and loves to please his rider. We’re so lucky to have both him and his mom on our team.
A pack horse in the Pecos wilderness until he joined us in 2011, Doc leads the herd through subtle body position and eye contact. Doc’s as gentle as they come and a birthday celebration marking his 30th will be happening in 2018. He’s shown the ropes to newer therapy horses and there’s no one better to learn from than Doc. He’s truly a star!
Diego is a gorgeous, mustang gelding, born in 2006. At six months old, he was rounded up with a wild herd of mustangs in Nevada and taken to California. Life only got better from there. He was bought at auction for $125.00 by a young girl who saved her chore money. She took her wild mustang and trained him by herself. Diego is an all-around trail, cow herding, packing, and now an amazing equine-assisted therapy horse. Life is great!