All instructors want to offer the very best to their students. Therapeutic riding is right on the edge of the medical profession, which is constantly evolving, discovering more about disabilities and how best to serve them. Our partner, the horse, also deserves the very best of care and understanding using the latest information on feeds and training techniques. We, ourselves, need to be energized, to grow and refresh our skills to be at our best. All of this requires life-long learning. No one knows it all and we never will, but if we can stay open to new ideas and keep adding to our knowledge and skills, we can be assured that we are offering the best quality of service available to us. It may take some creativity to find ways to accomplish learning opportunities, but where there’s a will, there’s always a way.
Joelle Devlin is a Master Instructor through PATH Intl. She is current Chair of the PATH Intl Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification Sub-committee and Lead Evaluator for Registered, Advanced and Master Certification levels. During her 20+ years in the Therapeutic Riding industry, she has mentored numerous candidates to become effective, successful therapeutic riding professionals. Above all, she is a Therapeutic Riding Instructor at SIRE, in Houston, TX, committed to improving her students’ quality of life through interaction with her partner, the horse.