Glen Arm, Maryland – (September 30, 2009) Rose of Sharon Equestrian School’s Board of Directors announced today that lead instructor, Joan Marie Twining, has been named Instructor of the Year for Region 2 by NARHA. NARHA (formerly known as the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association) is the certifying organization that sets standards for therapeutic riding centers in the US and abroad. NARHA Region 2 includes: Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Washington, D.C.
“It’s an honor to have Joan recognized in this way,” said board member Stephanie Hayes. “Her efforts on behalf of the school have been extraordinary, and the results she achieves with her students are remarkable.” Hayes continued, “When people come to ROSES, they feel as though they have found a home. Much of that has to do with Joan.”
Joan seen here with her Equicizer, Black Beauty in her class room inside the barn that's fully designed to accommodate those with disabilities
ROSES is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization, founded in 1998, for the sole purpose of providing opportunities for children and adults with disabilities to develop basic horsemanship and stable management skills in an authentic and supportive environment. The school is situated on 12 pastoral acres 20 miles northeast of Baltimore.
Joan will be receiving her award at the 2009 NARHA National Conference, Nov. 18-21 in Fort Worth, Texas. According to NARHA, the annual awards banquet is “designed to celebrate the innovation, diligence, and the sometimes miraculous accomplishments that occur in the Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy industry.”
NARHA was founded in 1969 and continues to be an authority, resource, and advocate for Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies at approximately 800 member centers throughout the world. The association ensures its standards are met through an accreditation process for centers and a certification process for instructors. More information about NARHA can be found at www.NARHA.org
Information about ROSES can be obtained by visiting www.RoseOfSharonSchool.org
Karen Buchanan, Manager