About Equi-librium


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, KidsPeace, Youth Advocate Program, Step-By-Step, Pocono Mountain School District, and Stroudsburg School District. Equi-librium receives funding from United Way of Monroe County specifically for programs for local at-risk youth (Head Start).



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. 


Farm Address:  

524 Fehr Rd.

Nazareth, PA 18064


Board and Staff

As a charitable non-profit organization, Equi-librium is governed by a 13-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, all instructors are Certified in Equine Assisted Activities and the therapists are Registered with both PATH International and the American Hippotherapy Association.

Administrative Staff


Erica Hesselson, CEO, erica@equi-librium.org

Margie Manner, Administrative Assistant, margiem@equi-librium.org

Debbie Hutchison, Program Director/Barn Manager, debbie@equi-librium.org


Instructors & Therapists

Karla Altman, Driving Instructor

Yvonne Darlington, Instructor

Christi Doyle, Instructor

Debbie Hutchison, Instructor

Renee Vaughn, Instructor

Terry Ramsour, Occupational Therapist


Board of Directors

Polly Beste, Chairman; President & CEO, Beste Marketing Services

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

Ron Brubaker; Director, Supplier Quality Assurance, Victaulic Corp.

Tom Daub; Manager, Brown-Daub Dealerships

Elizabeth Dellers, M.D.; Director of Pathology, Muhlenberg Hospital

Timothy Duckworth, Esq.; Mosebach, Fund, 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 Admissions, The Swain School

Elizabeth Scofield, Community Volunteer

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