Four PATH Instructors join SMILES Newly Certified Instructors

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SMILES is pleased to welcome four newly certified PATH International Registered Instructors to the Therapeutic Riding Program

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) recently held a four day workshop and certification for Registered Instructors at the SMILES facility in Darien, WI. Instructor candidates from WI, NE, and WA attended the event where they completed the workshop, riding test, and teaching test components of the certification process. Four of the ten participants were candidates from the SMILES program, which holds Premier Center Accreditation with PATH International.


SMILES, (Special Methods in Learning Equine Skills) has seen a significant increase in demand for their programming and classes, having added over 50 new clients to their participant list in 2013. Gay Stran, Executive Director of the organization, welcomes the newly certified instructors. “SMILES is fortunate to have these women joining us in the arena, and our clients are fortunate to have them as instructors.  They are skilled and dedicated professionals who will assist our clients with special needs to improve their lives and living skills through equine assisted activities and therapies.”


SMILES, located in Darien, WI, provides the benefits of therapeutic riding and equine assisted activities to people of all ages who have special needs.  Lives, and living skills are improved through the classes and programs of SMILES.  SMILES is accredited through PATH International as a Premier Center, assuring clients of the highest standards in the industry.  SMILES is a non-profit organization holding 501c3 status, and relies upon the generosity and support of the community to continue in its mission. SMILES is supported in part by the United Way. For more information on the SMILES program visit their website at, or call (262) 882-3470.

Photo Caption:  Four New Therapeutic Riding Instructors have achieved PATH International certification at SMILES in Darien, WI.  Included are, from the left: April Southwick (Darien), Liz Hinners (Franklin), Katie Luessenhop (Delavan) and Katey McClymont (Janesville)