About Equi-librium

Founded in 2001 and located on an 18+ acre farm in Nazareth, PA, Equi-librium provides individuals with physical and developmental disabilities, as well as social/emotional needs, with accessible and affordable therapy by utilizing horses as therapy tools. Equine Assisted Activity & Therapy (EAAT) programs provide benefits to individuals with special needs physically, cognitively and emotionally. Equi-librium is one of only seven PATH International premier accredited centers in the State of Pennsylvania, and the only one to offer therapeutic carriage driving as well as riding. 

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 87. The primary disabilities include autism, ADD (attention deficit disorder) ADHD (attention deficit, hyperactive disorder), cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, TBI (traumatic brain injury), developmental delay, intellectual disabilities, bi-polar disorder, ODD (oppositional defiant disorder), OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), Prader-Willi syndrome, sensory dysfunction, spinal cord injury, spina bifida, visual, hearing or language impairments, cancer, stroke, 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 is a Partner Agency of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.

Equi-librium has participant partnerships with Good Shepherd, The ARC of Lehigh and Northampton Counties, Access Services, KidsPeace, Youth Advocate Program, Step-By-Step, Head Start (Community Services for Children), Communities in Schools, Pocono Mountain School District, Nazareth Area School District and Stroudsburg School District. 

 Equi-librium is an Approved Educational Improvement Organization (EIO) of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development's EITC Program. (Go to You Can Help! link for more information.)


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, farmhouse with office and meeting rooms, 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."

Farm Address:  

524 Fehr Rd.

Nazareth, PA 18064


Board and Staff

As a charitable non-profit organization, Equi-librium is governed by a 20-member, all-volunteer Board of Directors, and managed by a professional staff of 15 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.

Administrative Staff

Cheryl Baker, CEO: cheryl@equi-librium.org

Jen Housden, Administrative Assistant: jen@equi-librium.org

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

Yvonne Darlington, Volunteer Coordinator: volunteercoordinator@equi-librium.org


Yvonne Darlington, PATH-certified Instructor

Christi Doyle, PATH-certified Instructor

Samantha Hartzell, PATH-certified Instructor

Debbie Hutchison, PATH-certified Instructor

Christopher Jones, PATH-certified Instructor

John Murdoch, PATH-certified Driving Instructor

Renee Vaughn, PATH-certified Instructor

Christina Wise, PATH-certified Instructor

Board of Directors

Bob Makos, Chairperson; Wealth Management Director, PNC Wealth Management

Colleen Krcelich, CPA, VIce Chairperson; Werner CPA

Denise deMena, CPA, Treasurer; Morey, Nee, Buck & Oswald, LLC

Adele Fagan, Secretary; Retired, Air Products & Chemicals

Alice Balsone; Retired, Global Engineering Systems and Solutios Manager, Air Products & Chemicals

Wenda Boyer; Owner/Artist; Braided Love

Ron Brubaker; Manufacturing VPDS/Lean Manager, Victaulic

Bernard Bujnowski; Retired, AMR Director, PPL Utilities

Diane Cavanagh, Ph.D.; Professor, Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation, East Stroudsburg University

Mark Culp; Director of Facilities & Campus Safety, Northampton Community College

Timothy Duckworth, Esq.; Partner, Mosebach, Funt, Dayton & Duckworth, P.C.

Mark D. Hartney; Community and Economic Development Administrator, Northampton County Economic Development

Kimberly Hirschman; Community Volunteer

Casey Noble; Associate Project Manager, Liberty Property Trust

Lynne Paul; Community Volunteer

Elizabeth Scofield; Community Volunteer

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Polly Beste; Chairperson Emeritus


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