Horses are our passion

Watching the successes of our students with our horses is one of our greatest joys. We’ve seen students come on crutches and learn to walk after riding our horses. Children who could barely speak, start to string together full sentences and ultimately, conversations. And people with little confidence begin to believe in themselves and have hope again after interacting with our horses. It is inspiring to see the transformations.

These accomplishments are only possible with a highly trained herd of horses and experienced team of instructors and equine specialists. Our team are some of the best in the business. Many have worked with horses their entire lives, riding, training and showing. And the majority of our 20-person team has been teaching therapeutic riding for 10 years, and many 20 years and more.

We host workshops throughout the year to share our knowledge, as well as bring in experts to learn more about unleashing the therapeutic power of horses.

Here are the workshops offered in 2017.

PATH Workshop and Certification, August 10-13

Would you like to become a certified therapeutic riding instructor? Fieldstone Farm will host a PATH International Registered Level Workshop and Certification Aug. 10 – 13.

All PATH certification candidates are required to complete a PATH Workshop (either this one or a previous one ) before being eligible to test for certification. The two-and-a-half-day workshop beginning on Aug. 10 will highlight topics key to therapeutic riding instruction and includes classroom instruction, role play and observation. It is an excellent source of information for all those involved with therapeutic riding.

Following the workshop, Fieldstone Farm will host a PATH Registered Instructor Certification on Aug. 12 and 13. It will begin with candidate riding demonstrations and lesson assignments on the evening of Aug. 12.  The next day, candidates’ teaching skills are evaluated.  Candidates will receive their results in a private interview the evening of Aug. 13.

Note, it is not a requirement to attend both the workshop and the certification. You may attend the workshop and later decide to attend certification. The workshop makes you eligible for certification for up to two years. You may also attend the certification if you have already attended a PATH Workshop within the last two years.

For more information, click here. For a registration form, click here.

Peggy Brown Workshop set for Sept. 11

Join us for a Centered Riding and Driving Clinic with award winning rider, certified trainer and instructor, Peggy Brown on Monday, September 11. She will teach 50-minute riding lessons in groups of four ($60) where riders will learn to become more balanced and effective riders. Auditors welcome – $15 half day (9 am – Noon or 2 – 5 pm), $25 full day.

For more information and to register, please contact Tonya Zimmer at 440-708-0013, or

What is Centered Riding?
Centered Riding founder Sally Swift developed the principals of Centered Riding (Breathing, Soft Eyes, Centering, Building Blocks and later Grounding) as tools to improve the balance and effectiveness of the rider. There are Centered Riding Instructors worldwide that can help you along the journey that started over 30 years ago. Some would say Sally Swift was ahead of her time.

“The ultimate goal of Centered Riding is not to be a discipline unto itself.  It must go forward in its purest and least complicated form so it may be integrated into all disciplines of riding.”   Sally Swift

Centered Riding is an innovative way of expressing the classical principles of riding, using body awareness, centering, and imagery. Centered Riding encompasses all seats and styles of riding. It teaches a language that allows clearer communication between horse, rider, and instructor.

Centered Riding is based on a knowledge of human and horse anatomy, balance, movement, and on understanding how the mind affects the body and how both affect the horse. It uses centering and grounding techniques from the oriental martial arts, along with body awareness, mental imagery and sports psychology. Through increasing body awareness, inhibiting old patterns, and replacing them with a more balanced, free, and coordinated use of self, both horse and rider can move more freely and comfortably, and develop their best performance.

Who is Peggy Brown?
Peggy Brown is an Advanced Level IV Centered Riding and Centered Driving Clinician from Toledo, Ohio.  She holds a Bachelor degree in education and has trained horses and riders for more than 30 years at her stable, Walnut Hill Farm.  Peggy’s strong belief in good foundation training and application of physical education techniques to riding and driving, has helped her students succeed at both local and national championship levels.

Mrs. Brown, a versatile clinician, has joined with Susan Harris to present clinics and demonstrations in Centered Riding, Centered Driving, Anatomy In Motion, safety, instructor training, and horsemanship throughout North America, Australia, Europe, Iceland, Egypt and the UK.  She is certified with the American Riding Instructor Association as an Instructor Educator and Expert Instructor in multiple disciplines, and serves on the ARIA’s Testing Staff.

Mrs. Brown and horse Ulie, competed in western, hunt seat, jumping, and dressage competitions as well as driving competitions, and were long-listed with USET for three years in Advanced Combined Driving. Peggy Brown has published articles in several equine magazines including The Whip and The Chronicle of the Horse.  In 2005, Peggy Brown was honored as Riding Instructor of the Year by the American Riding Instructor Association.

Equine specialist Workshop, Sept. 23, 24

Our EAGALA and PATH International certified equine specialists will lead a hands-on workshop to learn the latest in facilitating Equine Assisted Activities and Equine Assisted Therapy sessions  on Sept. 23, 24 at the farm.

This workshop will help prepare those interested in becoming certified equine specialists as well as impart techniques and tools to help horses and students get the most of their experience.

Workshop costs $350 (less 10 % for early registration by June 30).

To register contact Tonya Zimmer at 440.708.0013 x128 or

The workshop includes two days of discussion, demonstration and lots of hands-on practice in the arena, round pen and sensory course.  This exciting new workshop is designed to help you elevate your work as an Equine Specialist in Equine Facilitated Learning and Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy sessions.

Concepts we will address include:

  1. The role of the Equine Specialist
  2. How to form a partnership with a mental health professional
  3. Keeping the work safe for all (horses too!)
  4. Working in the round pen
  5. Loose horse activities
  6. Using all the space you have for activities
  7. Clean language
  8. Role play sessions with a mental health professional

And much more……

The workshop hours qualify as CEUs for PATH Intl. ESMHLs.