My love for horses started as a teenager when I stayed with my brother and owned my own horse. After graduating from college with a BS in Physical Education/Health and a Masters in Women’s Studies I taught for 28 years and coached girls’ sports for 16 years for the Newburgh Enlarged City School District in New York. After retiring in 2001 I moved to Cape Cod. I soon realized that there was a horse farm just down the road from the house I purchased. That is how I found Nancy and Emerald Hollow Farm. I started riding and found my love for the horse again. I believe that horses help us heal. When Nancy asked me to help her start a Therapeutic Riding Center I said yes. It’s been a real joy and very fulfilling to be part of this program. Oh, I also own a horse named Flash. LIFE FULL CIRCLE.
Throughout Don’s career in computer systems engineering, he frequently felt the urge to be of greater service to people, but all the alternative paths he explored didn’t seem to fit. Then, just when considering retirement from computing, he came across an introductory class in energy medicine. Hooked by the beauty and power of this healing process, he phased down his software business and committed to a formal training program, resulting in professional certification as an energy medicine practitioner. After opening his practice, he found he was particularly drawn to help survivors of emotional and physical traumas. Realizing that many of his existing clients’ symptoms were similar to those of combat PTSD, Don decided to focus his practice on helping veterans with PTSD. So he gladly accepted the invitation to join the board of EHTRC and get involved with their veterans program.
Kate moved to the Cape in 2006 after meeting her husband, Jarrod. Together they live in Wellfleet where they raise their two children: Zoe, age 7 and Xander, age 3.
Kate, an Occupational Therapist, first engaged with Emerald Hollow in 2013 when Zoe began riding as treatment for a debilitating movement disorder. Kate saw the therapeutic benefits Zoe received from riding and it was clear that she wanted to help others dealing with similar challenges. Kate has served on the Board since 2015 and loves watching the program grow and is excited for its future.
Patty Bowman grew up in Tucson, Arizona where her early love for horses led to years spent at a favorite stable, as well as summers riding horses at her grandparent's farm in Kansas.
Patty graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor's degree in Education and taught elementary grades in one of Tucson's largest school districts while serving on many local, state and national committees before retiring.
What started as yearly summer visits with relatives in Brewster, MA turned into a move to the Cape in 2011 with her husband, John, a local artist. Patty's love of horses and children drew her to Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center and it was an easy decision to accept a position on the Board of Directors.
Volunteering with student lessons at the farm and helping students compete in Special Olympics, Patty enjoys being a cheerleader/motivator for her students and for our hardworking horses.
Shea graduated from Boston University with a BA in English. She has always loved animals, especially horses and sharks, and knew she wanted to work with them in some capacity. Shea originally came to Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center as a volunteer looking to spend a few hours a week around the horses, and discovered immediately that the work being done at Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center was special and that she needed to be more involved. Shea realized that she could use her English background to do more for the people and animals she cared so much about and so she completed classes at Roxbury Community College to earn a certificate in grant writing. Shea is a volunteer grant writer for Emerald Hollow Therapeutic Riding Center. Shea works at the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy’s Chatham Shark Center and for Trillium Brewing Company.