Debbi was a Co-Founder of Rainier Therapeutic Riding, and as Program Director she grew it's size to over 100 veteran riders each week in 5 short years. She is a PATH & ESMHL Certified Instructor.
As a member of the PATH International Equine Services to Heroes Committee, Debbi helped create and present the first training program to PATH Instructors that focused on veteran riders. This training will become an on-line offering by PATH later in 2015.
Debbi is a life-long horse person, active in trail riding and camping, Extreme Trail competition, and Driving. She has participated in extensive training from Clinton Anderson workshops.
We also have experienced horses on site! We currently have 11 trained horses at our ranch. Five of these horses have over 5 years experience each in working with veterans, and five more have over 3 years experience!
Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people, and will have compassion on his suffering ones.
Debbi and Bob totally committed themselves to the cause of Veteran Horse Therapy back in 2008. They both left their jobs to work full time on creating Rainier Therapeutic Riding in Yelm, WA. They had to live off their savings for 4 years because funding takes time to develop for military horse programs. After working long hours with hundreds of wounded veterans, they have the heart and perception needed to orientate you to this new form of veteran therapy.
Debbi's family is very committed to serving our country, with her late husband Lt. Colonel Fisher, USAF served 28 years before his death in 2006. Her son Ryan was a Marine deployed many times to Iraq and Afghanistan. Her daughter Mindy was in the Air Force and is also currently active with Horse Therapy for Veterans.
Bob knows the value of collecting data to validate how important horse therapy is for our veterans. He has been busy for two years collecting data from veterans for a research study being run by Baylor University in Texas. This is the first study of it's kind in our country that will show how veterans with Post Traumatic Stress have had their quality of life improved as a result of their involvement with horse therapy. When this study is published in medical journals later in 2015, it will be a powerful advocate for government funding and medical industry focus for this new veteran therapy.