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Laura Rutledge
Laura has been in love with horses ever since she started riding at age 4. She was an active 4-H member, competing in Chester County. She started volunteering at Thorncroft Equestrian Center as a teenager. In 1994, she graduated from Penn State and worked as a recreation therapist in a sub-acute rehab Brain Injury unit. Two years later, she was working with teens in a drug and alcohol treatment center. After taking time off to have her 2 children, Laura continued to pursue training in professional riding instruction and therapeutic riding. In 2000-2003 she worked for Lancaster County Therapeutic Riding, and became Vice President. During that time she also completed instructor workshops for PACTH.  In 2003, she took a 30-week instructor course at Thorncroft. In 2005, she was certified by NARHA (which is now PATH International). In 2006, she completed an international clinic and studied in Kurten-Biesfeld, Germany, under Marietta Schulz and Barbara Heine. In 2008, she started her Advanced Instructor Training at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding (CT). Laura believes in continuing her education with course work, clinics, lessons and networking to stay current in the field of therapeutic riding. As a teenager she saw the amazing results of therapeutic riding. This philosophy is what motivated her to start her own program in 2006, name Triangle Therapeutic Riding, for the triangular style of teaching that was learned in Germany and for serving the trio of counties - Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks. Laura is currently a member of PATH International. Laura is currently taking personal jumping lessons on with trainer USHJA "r" Judge and Trainer Jerry Frankhouser and Becky Weik. Laura lives with her husband-Tim, 2 children-Brent and Bethany and her 2 dogs-Sugar & Chip. She loves to ride her mustang-Curly, go camping/hiking with the family, sailing, and cycling when the time allows.

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