Marti Congleton - PATH Intl. advanced level

Marti Congleton began her career with CKRH in the mid-1980s when the program was located at the KHP riding concession and run by Becky & Jim Howard. She started off as a horse leader and side walker. After a 13 year stint as a Vocational Agriculture teacher in the Fayette and Woodford County school systems, she took a break to have and to raise Sarah Beth (1993) and Tanner (1994) and to become the Farm Business Manager for Deuce Springs Farm, she owns with her husband.

By this time, CKRH had moved to its present location "up on the hill" and was under the leadership of Nancy Herring. In some horse related setting, Nancy and Marti connected, and Nancy asked her to come back to CKRH as a volunteer. Once again "hooked" on the bonds developed between horse and rider, she convinced Marti to pursue becoming a NARHA certified instructor. Nancy cited the need for these instructors to help the program become nationally certified. In 1996 Marti became a Registered Instructor and followed up in 1998 with her Advanced Instructor certification. She taught for several years in the Therapeutic riding Program before moving to the Hippotherapy Program in 2003 where she serves as the NARHA certified instructor/safety monitor, horse handler, side walker, volunteer coordinator, props person, barn crew or some combination of these many "hats".

Marti has ridden horses as long as she can remember. She mainly rides Hunters, but has been involved with exercising Polo Ponies, participating in Competitive Trail rides, Fox Hunting, and camping with horses for trail riding. On the farm, she moves cattle and checks fence as part of her job. The philosophy of "The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man" is one she plans to practice for many years to come.