Klinger Award Nominees

Admiral - 2017 Winner!
Nominated By: Katie Fallon
Related Organization: Bridle Paths Therapeutic Riding
Website: http://www.bridlepathsva.org

This gentle giant--a 12-year-old Percheron-Thoroughbred cross gelding standing 17.3 hands high. He carries therapeutic riding clients with care and dignity, enabling child and adult riders alike to reach new heights, both literally and figuratively. "Perhaps nowhere does Admiral shine more than in his work with veterans, service members, and their families," said Kathleen Fallon, President of Bridle Paths. "In both mounted and unmounted work, he inspires those who serve to connect with honesty and authenticity, and to lead with clarity, consistency and integrity. Through his work with the Bridle Paths program, Admiral builds relationships in which clients can be genuine and sincere, think clearly about their challenges, and achieve growth, learning, and healing."

Full List of 2017 Nominees:

Black Jack
Nominated By: Jean Rightmire
Related Organization: Classic Sport Horses LLC
Website: http://www.classicsporthorses.com/

Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding
Nominated By: Cathy Schmidt
Related Organization: Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding
Website: http://ctrchanginglives.org/

Command Chief Master Sergeant Bill Reed
Nominated By: Melissa Anthony
Related Organization: Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center
Website: https://pptrc.org/

Detroit Horse Power
Nominated By: David Silver
Related Organization: Detroit Horse Power
Website: http://www.detroithorsepower.org/

EquiVenture Therapeutic Riding Inc.
Nominated By: Bonnie Flynn
Related Organization: EquiVenture Therapeutic Riding Inc.
Website: http://www.equiventure.org/

Fiona Fudge
Nominated By: Emily Williams
Related Organization:
Website: https://www.projecthorse.org/ 

Nominated By: Shelby Morrison
Related Organization: Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program
Website: http://nvtrp.org/

Jessie Enchanted Proof "Jessie"
Nominated By: Linda Stewart
Related Organization: Compadres Therapy, Inc. 
Website: www.compadrestherapy.com

Julie Cooper
Nominated By: Kathy McClellan
Related Organization: Cooper Horse Crusade
Website: www.cooperhorsecrusade.com

Lori Collins
Nominated By: Patricia Simpson
Related Organization: Redemption Road Rescue Groups
Website: http://redemptionroadrescue.rescuegroups.org/

Sprout Therapeutic Riding
Nominated By: Kristen Van Nortwick
Related Organization: Sprout Therapeutic Riding
Website: http://sproutcenter.org/

This Old Horse, Inc. 
Nominated By: Nancy Turner
Related Organization: This Old Horse, Inc.
Website: https://www.thisoldhorse.org/

Nominated By: Jeffery P. Lesitsky
Related Organization: Sebastian Riding Associates
Website: http://sebastianriding.org/

William Robert
Nominated By: Cathy Thacker
Related Organization: Circle C Equestrian Center
Website: http://www.camplikeagirl.org/circle-c-equestrian


Maryland Horse Discovery Center Network - 2016 Winner!

Nominated By: Ross Peddicord
Related Organization: Maryland Horse Industry Board
Website: Maryland Horse Discovery Center Network

Where do complete newcomers go to learn about horses in a safe, friendly and knowledgeable environment? That’s a question the Maryland Horse Industry Board receives—a lot. So a couple of years ago the Horse Board sent out a call to its nearly 800 licensed riding schools and boarding stables. Who would be interested in volunteering to become a certified Horse Discovery Center? These are barns and stables all too happy to welcome the general public into the horse world with open arms, and hearts. A total of 35 stables in 15 Maryland counties, many of them already doing this type of work, answered the call and are now certified and serving as horse discovery centers. They have participated in a statewide Maryland horse scavenger hunt, where the winner visited 33 of 35 locations. They have given demonstrations and presented interactive displays at the Maryland State Fair’s special Horse Land exhibit, which drew over 30,000 visitors this year. And they have written a school horse curriculum for Grades 4-8 in conjunction with the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation and the Maryland State Department of Education that they plan to implement this coming year. The Horse Discovery Centers early on adopted the Rotary Club motto “Service Above Self.” In addition to helping perpetuate the future of the horse industry, they provide the spark that can ignite a lifelong interest in horses that brings folks closer to nature and a healthy , more active lifestyle.

Full List of 2016 Nominees:

Nominated By: Katie Fallon
Related Organization: Bridle Paths Therapeutic Riding
Website: http://www.bridlepathsva.org/

Nominated By: Robbie Abell
Related Organziation: Manna's Hana Riding Center
Website: http://www.mannahana.com/

Nominated By: Patricia Sullivan
Website: https://www.spiritequestrian.org/

Nominated By: Hillary Groh
Related Organization: NorthWest Therapeutic Riding Center
Website: http://www.nwtrc.org/

Maryland Therapeutic Riding
Nominated By: Kelly Rodgers
Website: http://www.horsesthatheal.org/

Twin Pond Camation "Max"
Nominated By: Lisa Jett
Related Organization: Horses Helping Heroes Project
Website: http://horseshelpingheroesproject.com/

Nominated By: Rachel Neff
Related Organization: Great and Small Therapeutic Riding
Website: http://greatandsmallride.org/

Rain Horse Equine
Nominated By: Janna Harris
Website: http://new.rainhorse.org/

Audrey Reynolds 
Nominated By: Tanya Clifton 
Website: http://www.savinghorsesinc.com/

Unbridled Change
Nominated By: Michelle Holling-Brooks
Website: https://www.unbridledchange.org/

Wyatt Stewart
Nominated By: Nardeen Henderson
Website: wihs.org

William Robert
Nominated By: Cathy Thacker
Related Organization: Circle C Equestrian Center

2015 Nominees

Andy - 2015 Winner!

Nominated By: Mary Jo Beckman
Related Organization: Loudoun Therapeutic Riding Center
Website: http://www.ltrf.org/

Andy is the embodiment of service and honor when in the presence of adults and children with emotional, physical or cognitive challenges. He does not put a hoof wrong in a lesson or healing session with a participant, especially veterans. He is completely trustworthy, a steady presence, and serves with equal talent in multiple disciplines, including therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, equine facilitated learning, trauma recovery, and Equine Gestalt Coaching Method. He adjusts his behavior depending on the setting, the client, and the therapeutic modality, and excels in all of them to make each session with him very special. He tunes into the needs of each participant with uncanny perception. When engaged in his work, he partners with humans and honors them all. Andy serves by choice, with complete presence and attention to his riders and non-riders. For that reason, his service is all the more beautiful - a true gift to all those who work with him and benefit from his work. 

Brave Heroes Equine Adventure & Riding Therapy (HEART) Program

Nominated By: Jeff Unsworth
Website: http://www.braveheartriding.org/

Dare to Dream Therapeutic Horsemanship

Nominated By: Michelle Nelson
Website: http://www.daretodreamva.com/

Dr. Mark Fitch

Nominated By: Carol Heiden
Related Organization: Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center
Website: http://www.ctrcinc.org/


Nominated By: Alicia Kershaw
Website: http://gallopnyc.org/

Green Chimneys

Nominated By: Michael Kaufmann
Website: http://www.greenchimneys.org/

Isabel Talarico

Nominated By: Glade Run Lutheran Services
Related Organization: Glade Run Lutheran Services
Website: http://gladerun.org/

Mitchell Farm Equine Retirement

Nominated By: Mary Ann Pudimat, MD
Website: http://www.mitchellfarm.org/

New Canaan Mounted Troop

Nominated By: Caroleigh Evarts
Website: http://www.newcanaanmountedtroop.org/

Nicky Beveridge

Nominated By: Gerard T. Gabrys
Related Organization: Rock Creek Park Horse Center
Website: http://www.rockcreekhorsecenter.com/


Nominated By: Dee Anna Wright
Related Organization: Healing Strides of Virginia
Website: http://www.healingstridesofva.org/

Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center (TRRC)

Nominated By: Melissa Rosenberg
Website: http://www.trrcmd.org/

United Neigh at Brook Hill Farm

Nominated By: Meghan Nedow
Related Organization: Brook Hill Farm
Website: http://www.brookhillfarm.org/

Wyatt Stewart

Nominated By: Mr. & Mrs. Ernest M. Oare
Related Organization: Washington International Horse Show
Website: http://www.wihs.org/

Artic Knight

Nominated By: Jana Murdock
Related Organization: Kopper Top Life Learning Center
Website: http://www.koppertop.org

Deanna Mancuso

Nominated By: Dawn Isaacson
Related Organization: Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue
Website: http://www.luckyorphanshorserescue.org/

Kopper Top Life Learning Center

Nominated By: Jana Murdock
Website: http://www.koppertop.org/

Lovable Rascal

Nominated By: Fieldstone Farm Students, Staff, and Instructors
Related Organization: Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center
Website: http://www.fieldstonefarmtrc.com/

Mr. Big

Nominated By: Patricia Dellemann
Related Organization: Riding Unlimited
Website: http://www.ridingunlimited.org/


Nominated By: Wendy Baird
Related Organization: Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program
Website: http://nvtrp.org/

Saratoga War Horse

Nominated By: Marsha S. Himler
Website: http://www.saratogawarhorse.com/