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PATH Intl. Equine Specialist Workshop and Skills Test

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Workshop Dates: October 26th-28th

Skills Test Date: October 29th

Candidate Registration Deadline: September 30th

Equine Specialist Professional: Memree Stuart

Mental Health Professional: Marilyn Sokolof

This three-day workshop provides specialized training for equestrians who are interested in equine facilitated mental health and education programs. This workshop is not designed to train educators or mental health professionals how to perform their role in equine facilitated learning or psychotherapy. Breakfasts and lunches will be included for all participants. Workshop will run approximately 8AM-5PM the 26th-28th and testing slots will be scheduled for Sunday in 30 minute increments.

This workshop will be taught by some of the most experienced people in the field of equine facilitated mental health and learning and will give the participants a chance to see what is current in the field. Each course will be team taught by an Equine Specialist/PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor in collaboration with a mental health professional working with several equines.

Training is designed for:

Equine Professionals

Therapeutic Riding Instructors

Those who wish to enhance their ability to work with mental health and education professionals and their clients


Equestrian skills on the flat in English or Western tack comparable to those described in Pony Club C or CHA Level 1 familiarity with PATH Intl. Standards and PATH Intl. Code of Ethics and/or a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Be at least 21 years of age with a high school diploma or GED with a demonstration of continued learning.

Lodging Option

We have partnered with a local retreat center in order to provide you with lodging during your stay. This retreat center is called New Ebenezer Retreat and is located about 15 minutes away from the center.

The house has a capacity of 12, with each room having two twin beds in it, so if you do not sign up in time, you will need to find lodging at one of our local hotels.

Comfort Suites Savannah

Hampton Inn Savannah

Holiday Inn Express Savannah

With the retreat center option, dinners will be provided and your cost is only $75 per night. If you need to stay an additional night, it will be an additional $75. For more information about the retreat center check out their page at http://www.newebenezer.org/facilities.php.

Step 1: 

Fill out forms below and return to programs.fetc@gmail.com or mail in with check (see below).

Step 2: 

Pay below using our paypal button with the option of your choice or mail a check to 243 Appaloosa Way, Guyton, Ga. 31312.

Note that the Workshop and Skills Test Options with lodging include 4 nights at the retreat center (Wednesday through Saturday). The skills test option includes only Saturday night.

Workshop With Lodging


Skills Test With Lodging


Workshop and Skills Test With Lodging


Workshop Without Lodging


Skills Test Without Lodging


Workshop and Skills Test Without Lodging


Step 3: 

Stay tuned for more information! If for some reason you must cancel, we will refund the amount you paid, minus a $75 administration fee to cover our costs.

Questions? Send to programs.fetc@gmail.com.

Hearts for Healing Valentines Gala

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Get ready to enjoy a wonderful evening of gourmet dining, dancing, silent auction and more! Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center is having its First Annual “Hearts for Healing Valentine’s Gala” coming February 14th 2017. Mark your calendars and stay tune to our page and website for more information!
This will be a night to remember and the proceeds will benefit Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Centers program for individuals with disabilities!
FETC also wants to thank the Tybee Island Wedding Chapel for supporting our cause as the wonderful venue for our Gala! You won’t want to miss this GALA!!


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Serving FETC since: I was donated by Kimberly Scally on May 10, 2010
Born: 1994 Breed: Paint
Gender: Gelding Color: Sorrel & White
Height: 16 Hands
Job Before: I was a trail horse
My Personality: I am very patient and kind hearted. I know that when I get a new rider that they need some extra time to get adjusted to riding.
My Likes: I really enjoy playing kick ball and if you really want a friend for life give me an oatmeal cream pie, they are my absolute favorite!
My Dislikes: I am pretty open minded, so I don’t really have any dislikes.

Weekday Volunteers Needed

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Are you free during the week days? We could use your help volunteering with our school kids who come out Tuesday through Friday! It will only take two hours of your time one day a week and is a rewarding way to get a little exercise. For more information contact us at volunteer.fetc@gmail.com

Tractor Supply Days

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Come and see us on the first Saturdays of each month at Tractor Supply!

WHY? FETC uses many products that Tractor supply sells for our horses and other therapeutic livestock.

On the first and third Saturday of each month TSC allows us to come inside the store and do a product fundraiser.


Here’s how,  just come and see us at TSC ( of course get a hug from Higbee while you’re here) visit our table and pick up a “purchase card” for any of the products we have displayed. Take the card to the register when you check out. The clerk will charge you for that product and take the card to give us to shop with. Sometimes we have 10% discount coupons to give away to anyone who uses a purchase card and buys FETC a product. It’s win win! You win because it is a tax deductible in-kind donation to us and you are doing a wonderful thing to help the horses and other animals who help the kids, we win because it helps us reduce our cost and TSC wins because they sell their products.

You don’t have to wait for a purchase card day to help though. You can purchase the product and come visit us when you drop it off at the farm. It’s a great reason to stop by and see where your donation dollars go!

Hallie Myers – Program Director

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My name is Hallie Myers and I am thrilled to be on the team here at Faith Equestrian! I am originally from South Carolina and went to school in North Carolina. Even though I grew up in the South, I am definitely not in love with the bugs or the heat, but I still wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the country! I was introduced to horses at age six when my mom took me on a scavenger hunt around town that ultimately led to my first riding lesson. I have been riding for sixteen years and horses have always been a therapeutic part of my own life, something that I feel called to share with others. Reading the book, Hope Rising helped me discover that I wanted to use my love for horses to somehow help people. I found the Therapeutic Riding program at St. Andrews University shortly thereafter and from there it was history. I believe that God has led me here to Faith and I look forward to what He is going to do through me! Other than horses, I am a total book worm and am currently attempting to teach myself how to play the guitar. I also fell in love with the country and people of Namibia, Africa after spending an incredible summer there.

Certifications and training
I have degrees from St. Andrews University in Therapeutic Horsemanship and Equine Business. I also became certified there as a PATH registered level instructor.

Bonnie Rachael – Founder and CEO of Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center inc.

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My name is Veronica Rachael, but I go by my nickname of Bonnie. I have 40+ years experience in the field of training horses and instructing. I fell in love with horses at age 6, got my first horse when I was 17 yrs old. He taught me so much about horses and myself. I joined the Savannah Police Department in 1992 at age 36 to serve my community and became a mounted police officer in 1994, and retired from police work in 2006. I always felt in my heart I had a calling to help people but didn’t realize what until God presented it to me in church one day. As I was cleaning up after services I happen to see a magazine article sitting on a chair about a therapeutic riding center in South Carolina. Right then I could feel God touch my heart with excitement, “this is what I want you to do” I could hear him say in my heart, I listened and FETC was born. That was 2005 and now in 2013 Faith Equestrian Therapeutic Center is a thriving center for children and adults with all types of physical and mental and emotional barriers. I didn’t do this alone, first and foremost this is God’s project, he has sent a dedicated group of volunteers over the years who have worked hard to make Faith grow – the rest of the story is still being written! I hope one day to step back and see it embraced totally by the community for the community with God’s continued blessing!
Certifications and training
Certified Mounted Police Instructor – Southern police institute- University of Louisville 10-00;  40 years experience in training horses and riding instruction; CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association) level 4 English  and level 2 Western certified riding instructor. Registered PATH instructor; certified (EMHL) Equine Mental Health and learning specialist.

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