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 24 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
Executive director, Gus Jolley, bought Promise years ago, saving her from a life that had some challenges. She’s become the backbone of our program. We’re not sure of her breeding, but she knows what to do when confronted with a cow, so we’re thinking there’s some quarter horse in there somewhere. Promise is 24 years old and about 14.5 hands.
We bought Zorro in Colorado. His previous owners were starving him so he learned to pick locks and go to the neighbor’s house to eat. That neighbor bought him and eventually sold him to us. He has a fantastically goofy personality. He’s a quarter horse who was used in the show arena in his early years. He never got over his love of an audience, so we nicknamed him Hollywood even before we bought his sunglasses fly mask.