Executive Director: Paul Gatzemeier
A retired senior corporate executive. He is actively involved in equestrian operations and other small business ventures, including due diligence, strategic planning and acquisition support, and is an independent corporate director. Mr. Gatzemeier has served on numerous corporate, business and civic boards and has completed executive management programs at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Harvard Business School.
Program Director: Anvia Hampton
As Program Director, Anvia is our main point of contact. She is focused on all aspects of program management and coordinating therapeutic sessions, including scheduling, supervision, volunteer orientation and community involvement. In 2013, Anvia moved to Montana to finish degrees in both Therapeutic Riding and Equine Management at Rocky Mountain College. While attending Rocky, she competed in hunter/jumper classes through the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). Along with competition, she took on roles in fundraising management as well as team captain. Although Anvia’s horsemanship background is rooted in English, she is rounding out her equestrian experience through pursuing knowledge and training in Western disciplines.
In addition to obtaining two industry-specific degrees, Anvia has hands-on, real world experience. Avid volunteering in therapeutic riding led to her employment at the widely-known Shea Center where she instructed for 5 years. Anvia also had the privilege of attending an invitation-only workshop at BraveHearts, a nationally recognized program for providing equine therapy to veterans. She brings invaluable experience from these reputable centers. Anvia has been an asset in the establishment of Horses Spirits Healing (HSHI) and her drive for excellence has led to recognition of our dedication to uphold industry standards as a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center.
We are pleased Anvia has chosen to make Montana and this program her home. She is honored to serve others through her passion in sharing horsemanship skills with both adults and children in conjunction with the mission of HSHI.
Anvia is certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International as a Certified Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL).
Instructor: Rochelle Smith
Rochelle has been in the equine industry for many years, both riding and through equine facility operations, and has experience in multiple western arenas. She has enjoyed experiences in boarding and training horses, rodeo and show competition, recreational and trail riding, instructing able-bodied and special needs persons in basic riding, working with at-risk youth as well as mentoring students in the Rocky Mountain College Equestrian Program. She is certified through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) as well as through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International as a Certified Riding Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL). Rochelle considers herself a lifelong student and continues to further her education in Equine Studies, Psychology and various equine and veteran-specific workshops. She has a talent for identifying the needs of the horse and the needs of the human, and creating a fun, educational, and safe learning environment. Rochelle has been an important part in the creation of our therapeutic programs and we are very excited to have her on board.
Instructor: Katherine Hibbs
Kate has been an avid horse-woman since she was a kid. Becoming involved in the therapeutic riding industry in 2012 has only grown her love for these four-legged animals. She grew up riding western, and spent some time in college riding english. Kate has a passion for all things related to equine assisted activities and therapies, outside teaching she enjoys riding bareback and on trail. She is a certified riding instructor through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International, in addition to holding a 4-year degree in both Therapeutic Riding and Psychology. In addition to instructing, Kate works as a Behavioral Support Specialist for STEP Inc. Kate has experience working with both children and adults with a variation of abilities and disabilities, she is very creative in her ability to adapt activities to each individual’s needs, and goals.