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, intellectual disabilities, bi-polar disorder, ODD (oppositional defiant disorder), OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder), 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 had participant partnerships with Good Shepherd, The ARC of Lehigh and Northampton Counties, KidsPeace, Youth Advocate Program, Step-By-Step, Head Start (Community Services for Children), 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."
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.
Cheryl Baker, CEO: email@example.com
Margie Manner, Administrative Assistant: firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie Hutchison, Program Director/Barn Manager: email@example.com
Yvonne Darlington, Volunteer Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.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; Senior V.P., 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