The team at Ability Equine Assisted Therapy are very passionate about their work and get huge pleasure from seeing the positive results that the therapy provides.
Victoria is mother to four children, two of whom are on the Autism Spectrum. Having seen the benefits of Therapeutic Horse Riding she trained as a coach and is responsible for the day to day running of lessons and for supervising the care of the horses. Victoria is trained in occupational first aid and the administration of buccal midazolam.
As well as being a qualified Therapeutic Riding Coach Adrienne is also a Special Needs Assistant. She has years of child care experience and is our Child Protection Officer. Adrienne oversees our Adult Services Programme as well as lessons for those in residential and day care facilities. Adrienne is trained in the administration of buccal midazolam.
Alanna is currently attending the Therapeutic riding coach QQI level 6 course with Festina Lente. She is also awaiting accreditation in HSI Level 1 Coaching course, has completed Occupational First Aid Fetec Level 5 and Safeguarding 1 Child Welfare and Protection Basic Awareness courses. Alanna was the deserving recipient of an award at the Garda Meath Youth Volunteer Awards in 2016 for her work with the charity.
Our dedicated leaders have great horse handling skills and knowledge of horse behaviour. They are responsible for grooming and caring for the horses and having them tacked up and ready for lessons. When needed the leaders sidewalk during a Therapeutic Horse Riding lesson and they regularly participate in activities during lessons.
We welcome new volunteers to help with the horses or the children at camps. All volunteers who have contact with the children must apply for Garda vetting. Other volunteering opportunities include helping with maintenance of the sensory trail and fundraising activities. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or in training as a therapeutic coach please contact us on 086 159 4997
This team co-ordinates all our fundraising activities. This could be anything from bucket collections to sponsored skydives. The charity relies heavily on the goodwill and generosity of people to subsidise the cost of our therapy sessions and make them more affordable for families. Fundraising is never an easy task which is why we are always looking for new people to join our team and help out. If this is something you would like to get involved in, we would love to hear from you.