The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship Welcomes New Board Member

IMG 0420The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship Welcomes New Board Member

By Michelle Dickerson, Shane Center Intern

October 29, 2014

The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship is excited to announce the addition of its newest board member, Robert (Bob) Williams. Bob and his wife Judy became involved in The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship (formally Equine Assisted Therapy, Inc.) twenty-three years ago. At that time, Judy was researching equine therapeutic activities for their daughter Samantha and discovered that Karen Sanchez, Executive Director of The Shane Center, was launching a therapeutic riding pilot program at Otterbein University. The care and support that the program provided and still provides coupled with the ongoing positive results for the entire family and has built a lifelong relationship between Bob's family and The Shane Center.

As a new board member, Bob states his first objective is to "listen and learn from his peers what has been achieved and what others think for the future." He plans to offer ideas that have been proven successful throughout the years while serving on other boards. The Shane Center is the only PATH accredited program in greater Central Ohio that has a "stellar history of performing miracles", and Bob looks forward to expanding the number of participants and "eagerly awaits" the challenge of fundraising.

When asked, if The Shane Center were on the cover of his favorite magazine in five years, what the story would be about, Bob replied, "The miracles produced in Centerburg." The Shane Center changes and improves lives by adding to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual values of both the riders and their families. Bob has "witnessed those miracles over and over again in both the growth in his own daughter, Samantha as well as dozens of other riders." A journalist would be overwhelmed by the direction, focus, individual service plans, the results, and the joy demonstrated by the riders and their families, the staff, and the horses.

Samantha has come a long way in the last twenty-three years. Turning twenty-seven this October, the little girl that could not sit up straight and had to lay flat across the back of the smallest pony with a minimum of three helpers, now rides unassisted with only her instructor in the ring. She participates in local horse shows and proudly displays her ribbons. Samantha plays the piano, taking weekly lessons, and is a competitive Special Olympic swimmer that practices twice a week. Sam enjoys all her activities, but hands down, riding is her favorite and the one that has delivered the greatest results all the way around for both her and her family.

Founded by Karen and Joel Sanchez, as Equine Assisted Therapy, Inc., The Shane Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship, Inc. is a PATH, Intl. Premier Accredited Center and has a strong reputation for providing safe, quality, family-oriented services that are second to none. Located at Willow Farm in Centerburg, Ohio and situated on 40 beautiful acres in Knox County this non-profit organization has been fulfilling its mission of improving the quality of life for people with disabilities through innovative equestrian activities for the past 21 years.

For more information on our programs and services, to donate to the program, to volunteer, or become an intern call Karen Sanchez at 740-625-9324, email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit us on the web at www.ShaneCenter.org. Volunteers are essential to the success of our programs. Volunteer opportunities include lesson volunteers, barn volunteers, special event volunteers, fundraising volunteers, office volunteers, and committee volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, have fun, get some exercise, and become part of a remarkable group of authentic, caring people.