Stephanie Keene - Executive Director and Head Riding Instructor (Eagala Level 1 & 2)
Stephanie has worked with horses all of her life.She learned about the field of Therapeutic Riding while working as a riding instructor. A physical therapist approached her and asked if she would be interested in introducing children with Cerebral Palsy to the healing world of horseback riding. Stephanie, never saying no to an opportunity to learn something new, began to work with the children (with the help of some amazing horse partners) and after a short time saw such dramatic achievements in them that she was hooked! She trained with PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) and received her instructor certification.
Stephanie has remained an advocate for the therapeutic riding field acting as a Vice President of NESAR (New England Special Activities and Resources). She was an active participant in getting the Maine State Equestrian Special Olympics program running, and remains a current committee member, facilitator and trainer of certifying other coaches.
Stephanie has also been on the ground floor of EFMHA (Equine Facility Mental Health Association), a PATH sub-section, and has been studying to get her Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Health. She is EAGALA [equine assisted Growth and Learning assc] Level 2 Certified, Bal-a-Vis-X Level 1-2 & Adaptive Certified. She is a MHRT 2 (Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician), and has worked hard to incorporate Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning while integrating the joy of a natural farm experience for all! Stephanie also recently has been Certified with the Tall Grass Institute for Equine acupressure. She is: Certified Brain Gym, Certified Reiki Master, Certified Violet Flame Reiki, Certified Quan Yin's Violet Flame Reiki, Certified Quan Yin's Lavender Flame Reiki, and Masgutova Method MNRI Core Specialist.
Not to be overlooked, Stephanie has trained and worked as a veterinary technician, is a certified blacksmith and iron forger, a Certified Animal Chiropractor and Level 2 Centered Riding Instructor and recently attained her Eagala Level 2 Instructor certification.
As you can see, Stephanie is passionate about learning everything she can to serve the community, the riders at Hearts & Horses and her animal partners to the best of her ability.