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Therapeutic Horsemanship Instructors


Charlene Hailku

Charlene has encountered many teachers Charlene_Hailku copy throughout her life that have made her the person and rider she is today. Teaching requires a lot of character, talent, and perseverance. She states "You must put your knowledge into another person, your time, energy, and attitude." Charlene says that being a teacher is not one of the easiest jobs you can have but it is one of the most rewarding things she has done. 
She loves to ride her horse, and throughout her education she received at Ohio University Southern and the Ohio Horse Park Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship, she began to instructor her riders to learn the same passion and perseverance that she possesses.
Her first opportunity to teach equine assisted activities was at the Ohio Horse Park Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship in 2010. Charlene observed riders who showed passion and perseverance in and out of the saddle. After this experience, Charlene discovered that "Teachers not only just have to love to teach, they have to love to teach everyone." This community at the Ohio Horse Park has given her the opportunity to share the love for horses with others. She states, "It's not just what you get out of teaching it's what you give."

Holly Brooks
Holly graduated from Ohio University in 2009 Holly_Brooks_1 copy with a Bachelors of Specialized Studies, with concentrations in; Equine, Recreation and Child Development.
She also received a Therapeutic Riding Certificate from Ohio University Southern in 2006 and received her PATH International Registered Level Certification in 2011. Along with teaching lessons she is currently the 4-H Program Assistant for Lawrence County Ohio.
Holly grew up with a great love of horses and began taking riding lessons at the age of 8.
Over the past 26 years Holly has ridden many disciplines; English, Western and Barrel Racing. When she is not working, riding or showing she enjoys spending time with her family, friends and her Mini Aussie named Boots.

Tiffany Mantz
Tiffany grew up in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia and graduated from Jefferson High School in 2008. She has aTiffany_Mantz copyn Associate's degree in Equine Management and Production from Potomac State College of WVU.
Tiffany came to Ohio University Southern to further her education with horses and to begin her journey to become a certified Therapeutic Riding instructor.
She was bitten by the "horse bug" when she was a child and has been working with them since the age of eleven.