Mission Statement: The mission of Equi-librium is to empower individuals with special needs to reach their highest potential through horse-related activities.
There is no “typical” Equi-librium participant. The people who come to Equi-librium are from all backgrounds, with varying degrees of cognitive, physical, behavioral, psychological or sensory disabilities. Ages have ranged from 2 years old to 75. The primary disabilities include autism, ADD (attention deficit disorder) ADHD (attention deficit, hyperactive disorder), cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, TBI (traumatic brain injury), developmental delay, mental retardation, bi-polar disorder, ODD (oppositional defiant disorder), OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), sensory dysfunction, spinal cord injury, spina bifida, visual, hearing or language impairments, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy. Our participants come from special-education classes at local schools, as referrals from social service agencies, MH/MR, Children and Youth, group homes, physicians and therapists, rehabilitation or vocational training centers and through personal referrals from other participants.
Equi-librium has had participant partnerships with Good Shepherd, The ARC of Lehigh and Northampton Counties, KidsPeace, Youth Advocate Program, Step-By-Step, Pocono Mountain School District, and Stroudsburg School District. Equi-librium is a Partner Agency of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.
Equi-librium purchased the former Half Halt Equestrian Center in Nazareth, Pa. in September 2014. The farm is located on 18 acres, has two barns, indoor and outdoor arenas, a spring-fed pond and 16 acres of pasture.
"Recently, while visiting from Colorado, Holly Fuller McLain was invited to attend an open house for the EQUI-LIBRIUM therapeutic riding center in their new Nazareth, Pennsylvania location. Holly was a guest of Al and Jill Douglass, generous benefactors of the program.
The new facility was excellent, with a well-ventilated indoor riding arena, clean stables, beautiful grass turn-out paddocks, outdoor arena, offices, and a staff of teachers, and volunteers who are trained to accommodate the many handicapped participants in the program. The best part of the evening was getting to know the wonderful, bomb-proof, patient, kind, and gentle horses that range in size from mini to goliath. Several horses are used for driving carts, which is another way students can engage with the horses.
During the visit, Holly saw several students riding. The staff was well trained, conscientious; their concern for horse and rider safety was outstanding. The excitement and smiles on the students’ faces was heart-warming. Holly thought that this facility had one of the best-run programs she has seen to date."
524 Fehr Rd.
Nazareth, PA 18064
Board and Staff
As a charitable non-profit organization, Equi-librium is governed by a 15-member, all-volunteer Board of Directors, and managed by a professional staff of 8 paid employees, of whom 3 are full-time. The staff is assisted by over 150 active volunteers who support the daily operations of the program. As a Premier Accredited Center of PATH International, our instructors are Certified in Equine Assisted Activities and the therapists are Registered with both PATH International and the American Hippotherapy Association.
Polly Beste, Chairman & CEO: firstname.lastname@example.org
Margie Manner, Administrative Assistant: email@example.com
Debbie Hutchison, Program Director/Barn Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructors & Therapists
Yvonne Darlington, PATH-certified Instructor
Christi Doyle, PATH-certified Instructor
Samantha Hartzell, PATH-certified Instructor
Debbie Hutchison, PATH-certified Instructor
John Murdoch, Driving Instructor
Renee Vaughn, PATH-certified Instructor
Christina Wise, PATH-certified Instructor
Michelle Bayer, Occupational Therapist
Tonya Brugler, Occupational Therapist
Board of Directors
Polly Beste, Chairman; President & CEO
Bernard Bujnowski, Vice Chairman; Retired, PPL
Colleen Krcelich, CPA, Treasurer; President, Business Support Solutions
Nancy P. Ehle, Secretary; Community Volunteer
Linda Barnas, Sr. Director, HR, Sanofi Pasteur
Mark Culp, Facilities Director, Northampton Community College
Tom Daub; Manager, Brown-Daub Dealerships
Elizabeth Dellers, M.D.; Director of Pathology, Muhlenberg Hospital
Timothy Duckworth, Esq.; Mosebach, Funt, Dayton & Duckworth, P.C.
Adele Fagan; Retired, Air Products & Chemicals
Jan Haley-Schwoyer; Principal, Jangle Advertising
Robert Makos; Senior VP, PNC Wealth Management
Leah Papp, Director of Financial Aid and Admissions, The Swain School
Elizabeth Scofield, Community Volunteer
Susan Weirback, Retired Benefits Coordinator