• Anja Hagen

    ESMHL Certified

    I received my PATH instructor certification in 2001 and began teaching therapy classes at RMRT in January 2004. I teach classes on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays; however, I am at the barn almost daily as my horse Tucker lives there (check out our Horses tab, he’s the really handsome Palomino!)

    Besides my full-time job being a mother of two, I am a certified respite care provider for the Autism Society and volunteer as a CASA (court appointed special advocate) for Voices for Children.

  • Betty Tobias

    ESMHL Certified

    I received my NARHA certification in 2009 and try to incorporate my experiences as a public school teacher, parent, and riding instructor into my therapeutic horseback riding instruction at RMRT.

    I love to ski and hike with my husband and two daughters, and have two Quarter horses, Buddy and Scout.

  • Heather McLaughlin

    I started as an occupational therapist in 1998, and have been using horses as a therapy partner part-time form the beginning. I also specialized in early intervention (birth to 3-year-olds) for 14 years, and joined the team at Colorado Outreach Project, a non-profit therapeutic preschool in 2012.

    I joined RMRT in 2001 and assumed the role of program director/board president as well in 2006. I am currently at the barn on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.

    I am also the mother of 2 children, Forrest and Megan.

  • Janine Coughlin

    ESMHL Certified

    • I was born and raised in Colorado
    • I have lived in Boulder since 1970
    • I joined RMRT in March of 2005
    • I became a PATH International instructor in 2007 and an ESMHL in 2014
    • I served in the US Peace Corps from 2010 to 2012
    • I was a victim advocate for the Boulder Police Dept. for 8 years
    • I am a mother of 2, grandmother of 4 and great-grandmother of 1
  • Mercedi Carpenter

    My first taste of the therapeutic riding industry was as a summer intern for Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center in 2011. I attended the University of Wyoming, graduating in 2012 with a Bachelor's degree in Animal and Veterinary Science. After, I moved to Kentucky for an internship working with Thoroughbreds in the Lexington area. In Kentucky, I also completed my instructor training/certification program through Central Kentucky Riding for Hope. I received my PATH instructor certification in 2013 and have worked with therapeutic riding centers in Kentucky and California. I plan to continue my higher education her in Colorado, pursuing a Masters in Teaching.

    I am very excited to be a part of the RMRT team. As the Program Manager, I am here to help with program organization and updating policies and procedures, help with lessons, teach and many other tasks.

    I’ve always had a passion for animals and helping others; therapeutic riding has been the perfect combination of these passions! 

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