Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia (TRAV) hosting Education Day

Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia (TRAV) hosting Education Day

Submitted by: Laura Smith
Phone: 571-331-7709
Email Address: ladysmith91(at)
Date Added: 7/27/2013

Those of us who ride regularly know, the more you ride the better you feel--and perhaps it helps you get along better with others too. After riding we are more relaxed, less stressed and more likely to get along with others better than before our ride. Now ground breaking research from the College of William and Mary can prove it among the children on the Autism Spectrum riding at Dream Catchers in Toano, Virginia. Come and learn all about it at the TRAV Education Day at Dream Catchers. In addition, a great lecture is available on how riding instructors can communicate most effectively. Please join us!

Sunday, August 11th, 10 am3 pm
Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center, Toano, VA
Register Today! Deadline August 4th. ( Registration Form on next page.)

Hope you will join us August 11th at Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center in Williamsburg, VA to learn about the ground breaking Autism Study conducted there and how to implement research at your center (for more information about the Autism Study, see Research comes with its own language and best practices. This day session is taught by Sandy Ward, Ph.D professor in the School of Education of the College of William and Mary will provide an overview of key concepts and terms in plain language that will help you gather meaningful data from your program and potentially incorporate research into your center.
In addition, Jenny Spain, Program Director of Simple Changes, will be presenting her dissertation on developing effective communication with riders with special needs. (Jenny earned her Master's degree at Wake Forest University in Communications and is a registered PATH Instructor and Centered Riding Instructor.) This promises to be a day filled with valuable information that will benefit your therapeutic riding program as well as your students.

The tentative schedule is as follows.
10:00-12:00 Research: Collecting and Understanding Statistics at a Therapeutic Riding Center ,Sandy Ward, Ph.D.
12:00- 1:00 LUNCH –Box lunch provided
1:00-3:00: "Therapeutic Riding - An Ethnographic Study of Unique Interactions", Jenny Spain
Cost is $10 for TRAV members, $20 for non-members.
To register, and for more information
Please email Laura Smith at to let us know you are coming and,send registration form (on next page) and payment (checks made payable to TRAV) to:
Laura Smith, 6914 Brimstone Lane, Fairfax Station, VA 22039.
Registration deadline August 4th. (Registration/payment at the door is allowed if space permits, but we cannot guarantee lunch.)
Hotel info: Holiday Inn Express, 720 Lightfoot Road, Williamsburg, VA $79 per night (757) 220-0062 ask for " Dream Catchers rate."

See you in Williamsburg!


August 11
10 a.m- 3.p.m,
Cost for Members: $10 for lunch
$20 for non-TRAV members

Dream Catchers at the Cori Sikich Therapeutic Riding Center
10120 Fire Tower Rd Toano, VA 23168



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