Meet our Staff – Marny Mansfield
Many of our participants and volunteers have had the pleasure of working with Marny Mansfield, Endeavor’s Program and Education Director and instructor extraordinaire, but not everyone knows how accomplished and committed she is! Here’s just a little summary of what this experienced horsewoman brings to the field…
- She began riding at the age of 5 and competed in the Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation for several years. She has also dabbled in Dressage, Eventing and Western.
- She owned and competed a big Irish Thoroughbred named Paddy Be Good who had competed on the USET Event team and in the Grand Prix. Marny credits Paddy for bringing her "to the next level" and said Paddy would have "jumped the moon if you put it in front of him!"
- She earned a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont, a MS in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, and (if that weren’t enough) an MS in Occupational Therapy from Colorado State University
- She has been involved in EAAT for over 20 years, and is a PATH Intl. Registered Therapist, Master Level Instructor, Mentor and Faculty and leads workshops, certifications, and seminars around the country and beyond (she’s teaching and certifying professionals in South Korea as we write this!)
Of her vast educational experiences, she says, "I needed to find a way to combine my love of horses and passion for teaching with a degree (it took me three tries) that would be interesting and diverse. Occupational therapy seemed like a natural fit, where each day and challenge is different. It requires me to problem solve about ways to allow each individual to be the best they can be. The horse provides a very functional and motivating way to approach each individual’s goals within their larger treatment plan".
Marny’s love and zeal for what she does is apparent to all who meet her, horses and humans alike. Her sentiments about the power of horses echo those of all of us at Endeavor: "The horses in my life have taught me so many things: patience, responsibility, love, hard work, care, and passion. They have been truly therapeutic to me. I have also been awed in the therapeutic realm about how much a horse can adapt and ‘give.’ They are at the heart of what we do".