WOMEN AND HORSES: Intro to Women’s Equine Series 2014


Saturday September 27, 2014
9:00 to 11:30
Fee: $50.00
Location: Cherokee Horse Farm (map below)
Attendance: 6 – 12 Participants

 No horse experience necessary. Designed for women, this 3 hour interactive (ground work only) orientation introduces you to the nature of the horse, basic communication, grooming and safety. Perfect for women with no equine experience or those wishing to escape their demanding responsibilities for a few hours and relax with a friend. Taught in a safe, small group by licensed, gentle, certified instructors, the session will be held at the beautiful Cherokee Ridge Horse Farm in Carencro. (Boots or tennis shoes suggested footwear).

This program is a prerequisite for the 5-week Women’s Equine Series* that will begin, on Friday, October 10 and end on November 7 (5 Fridays).

(If a makeup class is necessary it will be held on Friday, November 14). To register for Saturday’s session call: 337-233-8911 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Facilitated by: Anne E. Babineaux M.A. and Dixie B. Ferrata, M.S. Both are certified therapeutic riding instructors of the Acadiana Therapeutic Riding Organization (ATRO).

• Please note: if you are interested in the Five Week Women's Personal Growth Through Equine Series that will begin on Friday October 10 through November 7 (Friday mornings 9:00-12:00) the above Intro Session is a Prerequisite. Please contact Anne to register for this Series as well. Space is limited to 4-5 participants. Fee for the Series is $300. (Boots recommended for the equine series)


ATRO Volunteer Appreciation Party

The first thing we like to do at the start of each year is to recognize and show our appreciation to the volunteers that gave their time the previous year. We held our annual photo 4volunteer appreciation party on January 8, 2014 to honor and thank the volunteers that helped in 2013. These volunteers are the lifeblood of our program. All of you familiar with the ATRO program know that we could not have lessons without our side walkers and horse handlers.

Two of our long-term volunteers who received plaques as ATRO volunteers of the year 2013 were Dailene Melancon and Theresa Sellers.

We also had ten volunteers who were recognized for their particularly generous volunteer time in 2013, exceeding 60 hours each. They were Nelson Waguespack with 90 hours, Ron Bertinot with 87 hours, Dailene Melancon with 78.25 hours, Marsha Harris with 77.5 hours, Priscilla Forest with 74 hours, Jean Rosen with 66.75 hours, Theresa Sellers with 72.75 hours, Christine Bourgeois with 63.5 hours, Donna Patten with 61.5 hours and Liz Wooster with 60.75 hours.

photo 3This year, we created a special award for Parent of the Year and presented Allison Leblanc this Plaque for her tireless work, her dedication, and her willingness to help in the projects, fundraisers and development of the ATRO programs.

Our final award was given to Bill Langford for his years of support and generosity to Acadiana Therapeutic Riding Organization.

If you were there at the party, we thank you for attending and thank you for all you do for ATRO. If you didn’t make the party, we hope to see you there next year. It’s something that our staff enjoys doing for you, our volunteers, the heart of our therapeutic riding program.

Contributed by Anne Babineaux, instructor for ATRO.