I am currently a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor at CANTER, a PATH Premier Accredited therapeutic riding facility in Sierra Vista, AZ. My Masterson Method story starts with an amazing student. She loves to pet and groom the horses. She is very gentle and always pets her horse with a noticeably light touch. I saw how our horses just seemed to “melt” into her touch and become calm and relaxed in her presence. After my experience with her I researched the Masterson Method and decided to pursue a MMES Certification. I have seen on so many occasions the power of horses to reach people, not just those with disabilities and other challenges in life. In this case a student gave to the horses and inspired me. I hope to bring the joy that she and the horses experience to other clients and our horses.
In the picture with me is Journey, a former U.S. Army Cavalry mount whom I adopted upon his retirement. He now has a second career at CANTER. He gives riding lessons to our clients and volunteers alike. He is always calm, patient, tolerant and careful with his rider.