CREATED PATH INSTRUCTOR TRAINING: As a member of the PATH International Equine Services to Heroes Committee, Debbi helped create and present the first On-Line Instructor training program to PATH Instructors that focused on veteran riders.
CURRICULUM USED AT 80 CENTERS: Debbi created a popular lesson plan book for veteran programs that was sold around the country at over 80 therapy centers.
LARGEST VETERAN PROGRAM IN USA: Debbi and Bob are Co-Founders of Rainier Therapeutic Riding in Yelm, WA. Their leadership grew the size of this program to over 100 veterans weekly in 2014 after 5 short years.
DEBBI'S EQUESTRIAN EXPERIENCE: Debbi is a life-long horse person, active in trail riding and camping, Extreme Trail competition, and Driving. She is a PATH and ESMHL Certified Instructor. She has extensive training from Clinton Anderson workshops.
For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, says the Lord
July 27, 2017 House approves $5M for equine-assisted therapy to aid veterans
The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to the defense appropriations bill that would increase funding for the Veterans Affairs’ Adaptive Sports Grant Program for equine-assisted therapy. The amendment increases funding by $5 million for fiscal year 2018.
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BAYLOR UNIVERSITY (TX) RESEARCH STUDY: Bob and Debbi supported ground-breaking research on how horses can heal veterans with PTSD, recruiting over half of the 66 veterans who participated. These results have published in "Occupational Therapy in Mental Health 28June 2017 and in Human Animal Interaction Bulletin (Amer. Psychological Assoc.), showing that horses provide a huge reduction in PTSD symptoms.
PROVIDE OVER 50% REDUCTION IN PTSD: Statistical results from the study with the PCL-5 tool (VA PTSD Checklist) show average scores on 39 rider participants reduced from 56 to 43 in 8 weeks with 33 as the goal. This reduction is HUGE, considered to be "clinically significant change" by the VA PTSD Checklist.
DEBBI'S CLASS CURRICULUM USED EXCLUSIVELY: The entire research study was run at 4 horse centers in Texas and Washington State using Debbi's class curriculum to standardize the veteran activities at all sites. These results provide a huge validation that Debbi's curriculum and class methods provide proven, validated results!