About Equi-librium

Mission

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 is a Partner Agency of United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley.

 

Facility

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. 

 KUDOS!

"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

610-365-2266


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.

Administrative Staff

 

Polly Beste, Chairman & CEO: polly@equi-librium.org

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

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

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

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