Laura & Blue
Laura Rutledge, Executive Director
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. In 2003, she took a 30-week instructor course at Thorncroft. In 2005, she was certified by PATH
Intl. In 2006, she completed an international clinic and studied in Kurten-Biesfeld, Germany, under Marietta Schulz and Barbara Heine. In 2008 and 2014 she worked on 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 2005, named 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, PACTH & HETI. Laura continues to take jumping lessons with trainers Jerry Frankhouser , and Becky Weik and Larissa Ott. She also continues to take Dressage lessons.
Besides our Executive Director, TTR consists of a staff of 2 additional instructors (and 2 in training), each with a strong background in horsemanship and teaching individuals with special needs. We are dedicated to continuing education and upholding the highest possible industry standards.
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