path Certified advanced therapeutic riding instructor
Bernadette Olsen is the founder and director of the BBTRC, she received her formal training in traditional horseback riding disciplines in Germany and continued her education to incorporate an advanced therapeutic riding certification. 10 years ago, she reversed her private facility into the charity fulfilling her dream of a therapeutic riding center for special needs children and adults. She got inspired in TR during her youth in Germany and then here is the US, got PATH Intl. advanced certified instructor. She has more than 35 years of experience in TR. She donates her time, equipment and horses to the club/charity.
It is a job of the Program Director to develop a riding program appropriate to each individual rider/student, noting the particular challenges they may have and preparing a lesson plan with proposed goals for each riding session. She coordinates group lessons to match the riding abilities of all riders involved to ensure that each receives an appropriate level of challenge and that the lesson remains interesting and meaningful for all.
path Certified instructor
Certified instructor from PATH Intl. in 2014, Alice started as a volunteer at the BBTRC, where she got inspired and amazed by the benefits of Therapeutic Riding. She began her love of horses and learned basic riding skills in France while studying Biology at the University. After completing her PhD in Neurosciences, she changed her career starting by starting a partnership with Bernadette, toward a more rewarding and social job as Executive Director, manager, and therapeutic riding instructor at the BBTRC. Fluent in French and English, she can also communicate in Polish and Spanish. She got EAGALA certified, in 2015, which allows her to work with a mental health therapist, to offer Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning activities. During her free time, she enjoys educating our teenage volunteers, competing in Dressage and spends every minute with horse related activities such as packing donkeys, horse camping, and jumping.
PATH Certified instructor & path SITE VISITOR
Maggie began her love of horses when she was a young girl and that love has continued throughout her life. As members of National Charity League, Maggie and her daughter began volunteering at Fran Joswick Therapeutic Center in San Juan Capistrano where she has volunteered for 18 years. Her volunteering lead her to enroll in the intense seven week instructor course. She has been an Instructor since 2005 teaching at Fran Joswick, the Shea Center, and her own program (Equip in Yorba Linda) before coming to the Back Bay.
Maggie is retired from the Irvine School District after 25 years. She worked directly with children identified through IEPs. Maggie uses sign language during many of her lessons and holds an Interpreter Certification from Golden West College.