Horsemanship

“Horses change lives. They give people confidence, hope, self-esteem and provide peace and tranquility to troubled souls.”

The Eagle Mount Equestrian Center promotes safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities for individuals and families with special needs. We are a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH, Intl) Member Center and employ PATH, Intl Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors and Equine Specialists in Mental Health and Learning.

Equestrian Program Eagle Mount

Equine-Assisted Activities such as Therapeutic Riding and Equine Assisted Learning are available for:

  • Individual or group sessions.
  • Mounted or unmounted sessions.
  • Special groups.
  • Veteran opportunities.
  • Our traveling horses: Group, nursing, and retirement homes; Schools and other interested groups.

Contact our Equestrian Team for more info!

Heather Martin, Facility Manager & Program Coordinator:  [email protected]

Jenny Gooldy, Equine Manager & Therapeutic Riding Instructor: [email protected]

 

 

The Eagle Mount Equestrian Center is a Center Member of PATH, Intl.

E M P A C T

Eagle Mount – Possibilities, Acceptance, Community, Teamwork

Experience an extraordinary connection. Discover a refreshingly new relationship between horse and human, where the horse becomes your teacher.  Watch our video for more information and download our brochure for contact and pricing information.

Applications for the EMPACT program can be found on our Participation page.


Think your horse would be a great fit for our program?

Our current need for horses are:

  • Completely sound – no lameness issues or any other known ailment.
  • Ability to walk, trot and canter under saddle.
  • Calm, adaptable temperament.
  • Preferred Age Range:  9 to 15.
  • Ability to carry up to 250 lbs.
  • Patience – must be able to stand and wait for participant to groom, mount or dismount.

Download our paperwork and complete a horse profile if you would like your horse considered.  New Horse Prospect

Participant and Volunteer Requirements and Registration Forms

Participate

Fall/Winter Schedule:

Participant Registration Form

  • Ages 6 and up.
  • 180 lbs weight limit to ride.
  • Complete an evaluation with one of our therapeutic riding instructors.
  • Some disabilities may prevent riding – such as uncontrolled seizures, severe behavioral challenges and/or movement and weight restrictions. Individual assessments will be done.
  • Helmets (provided by Eagle Mount) and closed toed shoes are required. Jeans are preferred.

Volunteer

Fall/Winter Session:

  • Ages 16 and up for riding classes.  14 and up for camps.
  • Ability to stand and/or walk alongside a horse for 30- 60 minutes.
  • Closed toed shoes and wear modest and weather appropriate clothing.
  • Complete the Eagle Mount Equestrian Volunteer Training.
  • Training is on-going.  We can do one-on-one if we don’t have enough for a group training.
  •  Groups and individuals are also invited out to help with chores and other property maintenance.

Meet our Equestrian Team

              Jenny Gooldy

Jenny Gooldy joined the Eagle Mount Equestrian team in 2002. Jenny’s work in our equestrian program started as a volunteer and she worked her way up to a staff member and has since become our main instructor as a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTR) and an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL).

Jenny believes that horses help us by increasing confidence, help empower people, and teach people to become more honest with themselves and to connect with others. They promote emotional and physical growth.

“One memory that has touched my heart is when we had a new rider come to the arena. She was a girl who had suffered so much trauma and abandonment growing up. She was now being raised by her sister. When she walked in she was a shell of a human being, broken and withdrawn. We put her in the arena with one of our horses. I took the halter off the horse and told her to pet him. She just couldn’t bring herself to touch him. I then told her just to start walking around the arena. Our horse (Cooney) started to follow her. Here we had this small sad little girl stepping out with this gentle giant in her shadow. She glanced at him and kept walking. As she rounded the bend, I saw her and she was crying. I asked her why she was crying and she said for the first time in her life someone wanted to be with her. Cooney on his own broke all those barriers around her tightly guarded heart and started her down a path of healing.”

Jenny hails from Seattle, Washington moving to Montana in 1996. She lives in Great Falls with her husband and three children and many dogs. She studied speech therapy and in her prior work taught Customer Service seminars and also was the head trainer for an airline. Her love for horses is lifelong with experience in showing horses in English and Western disciplines, trail riding, team penning, Omasksee events, working on an Arabian breeding farm, serving as ring-steward at many horse shows, being part of many horse clubs including 4-H and of course all the experience she as gained at the Eagle Mount Equestrian Center.

               Tim Egnoski

Tim Egnoski grew up in a small farming community in southeastern Wisconsin where he spent much of his younger years exploring the outdoors on his uncle’s farm. Currently he serves as an Eagle Mount Great Falls Program Coordinator.

Prior to his career with Eagle Mount Tim resided in Colorado for several years while he attended a two-year college in pursuit of his Associate of Science degree. While in Colorado, Tim came to greatly appreciate his time in the far-reaching areas of the backcountry. For Tim, there was an undeniable relief he felt every time he explored the mountains of Colorado.

In 2016, Tim was presented with the opportunity to work at Eagle Mount Great Falls in the Montana Vet Program by the program director, Luke Urick. Luke and Tim served together in the Marine Corps through three deployments overseas. During their deployments each had separate experiences, but when their time in service came to an end they both found themselves struggling in similar ways. This struggle brought Tim to Montana where he now resides and works to help other veterans find ways of moving through difficult emotions and circumstances. Tim believes that veterans can overcome these situations with a strong peer support group coupled with the backcountry setting he found so much value in. Through the help he has received from others Tim finds great reward in guiding veterans on their own paths to leading healthier more productive lives.

Tim has expanded his work with Eagle Mount into the equestrian program.  Tim assists in the daily operations of horse and stable management as well as involving veterans in our EMPACT program .

Heather Martin

Born and raised in Great Falls, MT and with a background as a Certified Medical Assistant, Heather joined the Eagle Mount Great Falls team in 1994 as our Administrative Assistant. Since then she has expanded her role into Coordinator of Operations which involves all operating and programming areas of Eagle Mount Great Falls – running and developing programs, fundraising, accounting, participant and volunteer recruitment, human resources, community outreach, as well as maintaining the daily operations. Our equestrian program is one of the programs Heather directly manages. Her love for horses began a the age of 13 when she took riding lessons with a friend. Taking care of the horses she rode, as well as other farm animals, was payment for her riding lessons.

“Eagle Mount was a gateway to reunite with my love for horses as well as doing all the other stuff I do. I have worked with a great team of people and I have learned so much in the 25 years working here. Our equestrian program has been part of Eagle Mount since 1992.  Working along side many equestrians and horses in many different roles since 1994, I have gained my “horse experience” through ride-a-thons, stallion service auctions, trail rides, hippotherapy, buggy driving, recreational riding, equine assisted learning, equine assisted psychotherapy, horse camps, barn management and horse care. Horses really can make a difference in your life if you let them. Even all the grunt work we do out at our Equestrian Center to keep things flowing is therapeutic. There is nothing like mucking a few stalls to help give your mind a break from a busy life!”

Heather lives in Great Falls with her husband. She has four children and two grandchildren. Her past volunteer work and work experience includes involvement with physician offices, The Center for Mental Health, Youth Dynamics and Youth Justice Council Committee.