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Singles Mixer – Post Valentine’s Day – Thursday, February 16

Posted on: January 26th, 2017 by Hayley , No Comments

 

FROM: Berkshire HorseWorks, Inc., EAGALA Certified Program

CONTACT: Hayley Sumner, Hayley@BerkshireHorseWorks.com, 310-488-9777

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CALLING ALL SINGLES: POST-VALENTINE’S DAY MIXER

Mingle With Others And Horses As You Figure Out What You Really Want In A Mate –

Wine And Cheese To Follow, Win a Romantic Dinner

Richmond, MA – January 26, 2016 Yet another Valentine’s Day is approaching and you’re still single? Don’t get the Valentine’s Blues, come to the barn for an equine assisted session and let the horses help you navigate the dating process. Horses don’t lie. Join other local singles just to have fun and figure out what it is they really want in a mate and what they have to offer. What attracts you to others? What draws them to you? Do opposites really attract? Independent women, are you honestly looking for someone equally independent or someone of whom youd like to takt care?  What bothers you most about potential partners? What are your pet peeves: chewing loudly, annoying laughter, or egocentrism? What traits do you possess that may be on someone else’s list? Berkshire HorseWorks and its herd will provide an environment to figure out what you really want. On Thursday, February 16th at the Berkshire Equestrian Center (40 Perry’s Peak Road, Richmond) from 5:00 – 7:30 PM. Arena time 5:30-7:00 PM and brief wine and cheese before and after.

Whether your experience with horses stops at the viewing of Black Beauty or if you’re a seasoned equine trainer, this evening is for you! Through role paying activities in the presence of horses, you will explore and discover what it is that really draws you to someone – sensually, sexually, physically, and intellectually. Feel free from judgment and develop an organic connection in which there is no right or wrong answer. Horses serve as mirrors of emotions and have the unique ability to ‘call out’ any incongruities between what one is saying and doing. When you say ‘yes’, do you really mean no?  What does your body language convey? The horses will tell you. Through the powerful interaction with horses in ground-based activities, participants will be able to not only work through potentially awkward situations but also learn more about oneself and other local singles. To soften the edges, there will be a brief wine and cheese before and immediately following arena time. Come play.

In order to register, please email lindsey@berkshirehorseworks.com or call  Lindsey Hunt 413-842-5157

Berkshire HorseWorks™, a 501(C)3 based out of a 27 acre compound in Richmond, MA is part of the international EAGALA network of 4,500 certified professionals in 50 countries providing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) to at-risk youth, veterans, active duty, their families  and corporations.  Experiential, highly effective, and rooted in evidence-based practices, EAP treats a broad array of mental and behavioral challenges. EAL incorporates Equine Assisted Team building by partnering with school districts, local businesses, and international corporations to enhance personal development and reinforce group dynamics in the workplace.  Services are offered by appointment seven days a week during individual sessions, workshops and wellness retreats. Through the power of horses, Berkshire HorseWorks™ provides the tools to cope, challenge, communicate, heal, lead, empathize and thrive in today’s world.

 

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Nonprofit Names Lindsey Hunt Program Coordinator

Posted on: January 26th, 2017 by Hayley , No Comments

FROM: Berkshire HorseWorks, Inc., EAGALA Certified Program

CONTACT: Hayley Sumner, Hayley@BerkshireHorseWorks.com, 310-488-9777

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BERKSHIRE HORSEWORKS™ INC. NAMES LINDSEY HUNT TO PROGRAM COORDINATOR AT NONPROFIT

 

Richmond, MA – January 26, 2017. Berkshire HorseWorks Inc., which has provided EAGALA Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) to over 300 at-risk youth, families, and veterans, has hired Lindsey Hunt as Program Coordinator, it was announced today by Hayley Sumner, Founder and Executive Director. The nonprofit partners with Hillcrest Educational Center, Boys and Girls Club, Girls Inc., Student Resource Center, Pittsfield Public Schools, Brien Center, Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department, the Elizabeth Freeman Center, and the Community Health Programs of Berkshire County to help mitigate the effects of trauma and provide support reentering society.

Hunt began her career with Berkshire HorseWorks as a volunteer in 2014. Her commitment continued when she chose the organization for her internship while at Colby-Sawyer College. With deep roots in the Berkshires, a Bachelors in Psychology, and a vision for creating a facility where humans can experience the healing power of horses, Hunt found the perfect home. In her new role, Hunt will spearhead various fundraising initiatives, cultivate a network of volunteers, write grants, as well as manage and expand the nonprofit’s donor base.  In addition, she will oversee day to day programming including “Life Skills Development” and “Bully Intervention/Prevention” for youth; “Girls Rule!” and “Sister Sense” focusing on leadership and empowerment for adolescents and women; “Special Skills for Special People” for those with special needs; “Family Integration” to solidify the support structure; and “Own it and Up” for inmates and “Horse Powered Veterans” to increase resiliency and ease reintegration.

Berkshire HorseWorks utilizes this powerful, proven, and experiential Model to aid clients suffering from a broad array of mental health and behavioral challenges including ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, anger management, eating disorders, Asperger’s, addiction, and domestic violence. Sessions are ground-based, solution focused, and facilitated by a Licensed Mental Health Professional as well as a qualified Equine Specialist both certified in the Model. The organization offers various programs out of a 27 acre compound in Richmond, MA which is composed of the Berkshire Equestrian Center, hiking trails, outdoor paddocks, historic barns, meeting rooms, the Select Registry Inn at Richmond, and a wellness center.

BHW additionally offers Equine Assisted Team building for local businesses, schools, state agencies, and international corporations to enhance personal development, increase cohesion, and explore group dynamics.

Berkshire HorseWorks™, a 501(C)3 nonprofit corporation, is part of the international EAGALA network of 4,500 certified professionals in 50 countries. For more information on Berkshire HorseWorks or EAGALA, please call (310) 488-9777, email hayley@berkshirehorseworks.com , or visit www.BerkshireHorseWorks.org. Through the power of horses, Berkshire HorseWorks™ provides the tools to cope, challenge, communicate, heal, lead, empathize and thrive in today’s world.

Berkshire HorseWorks Announces Board of Directors

Posted on: February 26th, 2016 by Hayley Sumner , No Comments

FROM: Berkshire HorseWorks, Inc., EAGALA Certified Program

CONTACT: Hayley Sumner, Hayley@BerkshireHorseWorks.com, 310-488-9777

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BERKSHIRE HORSEWORKS™ INC. ANNOUNCES BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Nonprofit Draws From Both Local Community And West Coast, Securing Members With Complementary Strengths

Richmond, MA – February xx, 2016 Berkshire HorseWorks Inc., which has provided EAGALA Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) to nearly 200 at-risk youth, families, and veterans, has pulled together its first Board of Directors since receiving a its 501(C)3 nonprofit status in January, 2015. The Board comprises those from across the country who are at the forefront of their respective fields as well as local professionals with a key knowledge of the pervasive needs of the community, it was announced today by Hayley Sumner, Founder and Executive Director.

Berkshire HorseWorks utilizes this powerful, proven, and experiential Model to aid clients suffering from a broad array of mental health and behavioral challenges including ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, anger management, eating disorders, Asperger’s, addiction, and domestic violence. Sessions are ground-based, solution focused, and facilitated by a Licensed Mental Health Professional as well as a qualified Equine Specialist both certified in the Model. EAL incorporates Equine Assisted Team building which, through partnering with school districts, local businesses, and international corporations to enhance personal development and reinforce group dynamics in the workplace. The organization offers various programs out of a 27 acre compound in Richmond, MA which is composed of the Berkshire Equestrian Center, hiking trails, outdoor paddocks, historic barns, meeting rooms, the Select Registry Inn at Richmond, and a wellness center.

The local nonprofit held its first annual board meeting in September 2015, where the following officers were appointed: Don Fulford, Chairman; Don Granger, Vice President; Mark Casagrande, Treasurer. John Krol, Special Superintendent, Jack Quinn, Steve Hoff, Jim Clark, Elise Abrams and Barbara Newman also joined the Board of Directors.

“Because we’re a relatively new nonprofit, it is critical that we ensure that we are addressing the needs of the community and that we are guided by those locally who have a vested interest in its health and wellness. We’ve reached out to people who can truly guide us in our programming and strategic partnerships and are continuing to look for other who can help us in this journey. In addition, because donors locally are stretched so thin, we turned to others across the country who have a commitment to this work to permeate other funding pots. We’re really happy with the way the team is coming together.”

Don Fulford, the President and CEO of a Catholic Religious nonprofit serving more than 300,000 members and in 35 countries, brings extensive knowledge of the nuances of the nonprofit world. Formerly CEO of Feeding America Kentucky’s Heartland, Fulford was also an appointed member of the Agricultural Commodities Advisory Committee for the state of Kentucky. Los Angeles resident, Don Granger, Executive Vice President of Production at Skydance Entertainment, has served as Executive Vice President of Motion Picture Production at Paramount Pictures, where he was responsible for supervising such blockbuster franchises as Mission Impossible, Star Trek, Clear and Present Danger, Kiss the Girls, and the Academy Award®-winning Saving Private Ryan, among others. Granger who produced Rogue Nation featuring Tom Cruise is currently shooting the sequel where he serves as Executive Producer. Mark Casagrande, a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, is the Owner and Executive Director of Park Avenue Center, a 120 bed residential outpatient substance abuse treatment program with mental health service in Minnesota. Casagrande formerly served on the Board of Directors for EAGALA, the governing organization which certifies Berkshire HorseWorks professionals. Granger, in conjunction with Casagrande, will be spearheading the fundraising efforts and financial planning of the nonprofit.

Four board members have deep roots and immense experience in community service, including John Krol, Special Superintendent John Quinn, Steve Hoff, and Jim Clark. Born and raised in Pittsfield, John Krol is the Ward 6 City Councilor, the founding chairman of the City’s Green Commission, a member of the School Building Needs Commission, board member of Berkshire Animal D.R.E.A.M.S, former board member of the Christian Center, and former board president of Pittsfield Community Television. Currently the President of OneEighty Media, John Krol’s extensive experience in journalism, broadcasting, public relations, government relations, health care marketing and community outreach provides a unique perspective for the local nonprofit.

Also having been born and raised in Pittsfield, John J. Quinn Jr. is currently the Special Superintendent of the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office, Jail and House of Correction having been appointed to that position by Sheriff Carmen C. Massimiano, Jr., on April 1, 2005. Quinn formerly served as the Program Director for the Pittsfield Boys Club where he was the Director of the Title XX Counseling Program. Prior to that, Executive Director of Big Brothers of Pittsfield, MA., Director of Juvenile Jobs for Justice Program, and Director of the Boys Club Substance Abuse Program. Steve Hoff, a licensed psychologist and college professor, is co-founder of Barrington Psychology Center, which provides mental health services to individuals, families, schools and communities. He has been a faculty member of The School Psychology Program at The College of Saint Rose for 10 years. He began his professional career in New York City public schools where he was a school psychologist and crisis response trainer. Both Quinn and Hoff, because of their connection with Berkshire Children and Families, will identify key issues which are potentially detrimental to those locally. Hoff in addition, will ensure our HIPAA compliancy.

Jim Clark, a Retired Army Officer, is currently the Director of Veterans’ Services of Pittsfield. Previously, Clark was enlisted into the United States Army in 1978 after graduating from Taconic High School. After completing his original obligation, he attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned as an Armor Officer in 1985. After retiring in 2012 from the US Army, Clark worked as an assistant teacher at Morningside Community School until November of last year when he was appointed to the position he is currently holding. He will be integral in developing the content for the next “Horse Powered Veterans” group.

Elise Abrams and Barbara Newman are long time Berkshire residents. Elise Abrams is a Partner at Berkshire Community Capital. Prior to this, Elise was a Wall Street equity sales trader and market maker for 18 years serving domestic and international qualified institutional buyers as well as a fundraiser for not-for-profits where she created initiatives that measurably improved fundraising for humanitarian aid. Barbara Newman, formerly an Executive Creative Director/Writer in NYC where she built iconic global brands is currently developing a feature length documentary film on the American cowgirl. Barbara facilitates CAF: Saddle Your Own Horse workshops where she brings the principles of cowgirl spirit to high schools and girls leadership initiatives such as Girl Scouts of America, and Girls Inc. Abrams and Newman will steer special events and corporate sponsorship.

Berkshire HorseWorks™, a 501(C)3 nonprofit corporation, is part of the international EAGALA network of 4,500 certified professionals in 50 countries. For more information on Berkshire HorseWorks or EAGALA, please call (310) 488-9777, email hayley@berkshirehorseworks.com , or visit www.BerkshireHorseWorks.org.

Through the power of horses, Berkshire HorseWorks™ provides the tools to cope, challenge, communicate, heal, lead, empathize and thrive in today’s world.

“Do Horses Have a Role in Politics?” Special Event on March 19

Posted on: February 21st, 2016 by Hayley Sumner , No Comments

FROM: Berkshire HorseWorks, Inc., EAGALA Certified Program

CONTACT: Hayley Sumner, Hayley@BerkshireHorseWorks.com, 310-488-9777

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DO HORSES HAVE A PLACE IN POLITICS?

Berkshire HorseWorks Hosts Equine Assisted Workshop To Help Voters Of All Generations Work Through Frustrations, Fears And Positions During Role Playing Activities With Horses

Richmond, MA – Somewhere in between the mule and the elephant is the horse. Berkshire HorseWorks, Inc. ™ a 501(C)3 will be holding a half day workshop utilizing the EAGALA Model of Equine Assisted Learning to help constituents of all ages vent frustrations, and share and navigate issues facing  the candidates in the 2016 Presidential race on Saturday, March 19th from 11AM – 2 PM  at the Berkshire Equestrian Center (40 Perry’s Peak Rd Richmond, MA 01254). Registration is $65.  The three hour workshop will be held following Super Tuesday, a time when passions are high, issues are at the forefront, and fears are intense.  Whether Democrat or Republican, and whether the topics important to you are the economy, Isis, or climate change, this workshop will allow you to work with people of disparate views in a safe environment and in a unique format. What does safe look like? What resources and vulnerabilities do we bring to the election and what traits do people see in each horse that resemble their candidate? Through the powerful interaction with horses in ground-based activities, participants will have to work across the aisle to overcome their differences and construct a better America.

The workshop will consist of three segments:

The first phase will focus on expressing feelings.  Through the use of props, participants will draw on their own creativity to build physical manifestations of their positions while horses run free in the arena. During the exercises, how will the horses be integrated? Are the horses the candidates or the emotions? Are they stubborn or can they evolve? How do the voters approach the concept of trust? Will the intractable 1,398 pound blue-eyed paint become Trump? Will the diminutive brown pony invoke thoughts of Rubio? Or will the 18-hand looming thoroughbred conjure personality traits of Clinton?

The second segment will include role playing the electoral process. Who is blind to the obstacles in the path to universal healthcare? And who will literally be blind-folded to navigate and resolve the issues surrounding passage while having to trust input from others? Will the four-legged Bernie be labeled the largest obstacle to maintaining Obamacare?

The last segment will call for participants to work together to create a metaphorical build of the America of the future. Will they choose a Bible to represent faith in their build? Will Ted Cruz be included in the new America? How will the constituents transition four-legged beings into new spaces if they aren’t even wearing halters? Where does Kasich fit in?

The EAGALA Model of Equine Assisted Learning and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, practiced by 4,500 certified professionals in 50 countries has a diverse application — from mitigating the effects of child trafficking in Mexico to exploring the grief in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting to building cohesion in the workplace — and now as a platform for political discourse.

“I’ve had so many conversations with friends about our vulnerabilities and stress surrounding this election, whether in person or through social media. Some throw plates at spouses while others mindlessly walk dogs miles to escape the rhetoric of the debates. Our team at Berkshire HorseWorks was trying to find a way to utilize The Model as a way to give people an outlet to navigate the political process in a fun and challenging way.  By creating a collective think tank filled with contrasting views in the presence of horses, constituents will be able to share knowledge and resources and hopefully by the end of the day, have a more complete understanding of each other and the issues at hand,” stated Hayley Sumner, Founder and Executive Director.

Experiential, solution-oriented and rooted in evidence-based practices, EAGALA sessions are each facilitated by a Licensed Mental Health Professional and qualified Equine Specialist, both certified in The Model.

Space is limited to 60 participants. To reserve your tickets today, please register by clicking this link, email Hayley@BerkshireHorseWorks.com, or call (310) 488-9777.

Berkshire HorseWorks, Inc. is located on a 27 acre compound in Richmond, MA including the Berkshire Equestrian Center and the Inn at Richmond.

Berkshire HorseWorks™, a nonprofit corporation which utilizes EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Learning and Equine Assisted Psychology to serve at-risk youth, veterans, active duty, their families and corporations.  EAL incorporates Equine Assisted Team building by partnering with school districts, local businesses, and international corporations to enhance personal development and reinforce group dynamics in the workplace.  Services are offered seven days a week during individual sessions, workshops and wellness retreats. Through the power of horses, Berkshire HorseWorks™ provides the tools to cope, challenge, communicate, heal, lead, empathize and thrive in today’s world.

For more information, please visit this page of our website.

New Grants Enable Nonprofit to Service At-Risk Youth, Veterans and Families

Posted on: February 20th, 2016 by Hayley Sumner , No Comments

FROM: Berkshire HorseWorks, Inc., EAGALA Certified Program

CONTACT: Hayley Sumner, Hayley@BerkshireHorseWorks.com, 310-488-9777

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BERKSHIRE HORSEWORKS™ INC. SECURES FIRST GRANTS AS 501(C)3 FROM BERKSHIRE BANK, WARNER FUND AND ANONYMOUS INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New funds enable nonprofit to expand programming servicing at-risk youth, veterans and families

Richmond, MA – Berkshire HorseWorks which utilizes EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Learning and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, has secured, since receiving its 501(C)3 designation, its first three grants, some of the most respected and innovative funders including Berkshire Bank Foundation, the Warner Fund in New York and an international organization which prefers to remain anonymous, it was announced today by Hayley Sumner, Founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit. Since opening its doors, Berkshire HorseWorks has served nearly 200 at-risk youth, veterans, families, couples, and individuals in need.

In line with the Berkshire Bank Foundation’s mission of helping to create healthy, vibrant, sustainable communities where educational and economic opportunities are available for everyone, Berkshire HorseWorks will devise an eight week Life Skills Program for local students from the Berkshire Regional and Pittsfield School Districts who because of financial constraints would not otherwise have access to this support. These students have a range of mental and behavioral challenges including ADHD, autism, sexual abuse, addiction, learning disorders, trauma, domestic violence, and depression. The key goals of the program are to: develop and explore emotional self-awareness through the use of perception; identify how problems are viewed and what strengths overcome challenges; explore differences and create tolerance in our lives; and finally, to explore observations and perceptions and their affect on group dynamics.

“I saw great synergism between our mission and that of Berkshire HorseWorks. They are truly committed to educating our community’s youth in a sensitive, different and thought-provoking way. We are happy to be able to support this program.” Stated Lori Gazzillo, Vice President and Foundation Director of Berkshire Bank. “As a new nonprofit, we are incredibly lucky to have these foundations behind us. We can’t thank them enough,” said Sumner. “It was challenging the first year as we were self-funded and did not anticipate the magnitude of the need in the community for this type of work. Horses facilitate change and we see it every single day. It’s magical.”

The Warner Fund’s mission is to support programs which benefit children with disabilities and children in foster care in innovative ways. Their commitment will facilitate numerous Berkshire HorseWorks programs targeting this population including Bully Intervention/Prevention, Girls Rule!, Sister Sense, and Team Effectiveness. Executive Director, Michael D. Stalonas and the Board of Directors of The Warner Fund have been committed to providing grants for hands on service programs, advocacy and research which help children to achieve their full potential.

Berkshire HorseWorks™, a 501(C)3 nonprofit corporation, is part of the international EAGALA network of 4,500 certified professionals in 50 countries providing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) to at-risk youth, veterans, active duty, their families and corporations. Experiential, highly effective, and rooted in evidence-based practices, EAP treats a broad array of mental and behavioral challenges. EAL incorporates Equine Assisted Team building by partnering with school districts, local businesses, and international corporations to enhance personal development and reinforce group dynamics in the workplace. Services are offered seven days a week during individual sessions, workshops and wellness retreats. Through the power of horses, Berkshire HorseWorks™ provides the tools to cope, challenge, communicate, heal, lead, empathize and thrive in today’s world.

Berkshire HorseWorks Secures 501(C)3 Nonprofit Status

Posted on: February 3rd, 2015 by Hayley Sumner , No Comments

FROM: Berkshire HorseWorks, Inc., EAGALA Certified Program

CONTACT: Hayley Sumner, Hayley@BerkshireHorseWorks.com, 310-488-9777

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BERKSHIRE HORSEWORKS™ SECURES 501(C)3 NONPROFIT STATUS ON ITS FIRST ANNIVERSARY, BRINGING TRANSFORMATIVE MODALITY TO MORE OF THOSE IN NEED, REGARDLESS OF FINANCIAL ABILITY

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL)  Highly Effective in Treatment of Those with Mental and Behavioral Challenges Ranging From ADHD, Autism, Addiction, Depression, and Trauma to Resiliency, Effective Communication, and Reintegration

Richmond, MA , 2014 –In an effort to provide EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) to a greater number of those in need in Berkshire County and neighboring cities, Berkshire HorseWorks™ (BHW) secured its nonprofit 501(C)3 designation. Hayley Sumner, Founder and Executive Director, first launched the organization in 2013 as a for profit entity. Since its inception, BHW has been treating at-risk youth, veterans, families, individuals, and couples with a broad range of challenges including anxiety, PTSD, bullying, and eating disorders. BHW, in sessions with clients, uses rescue horses that are either retired from racing, injured, traumatized, or otherwise handicapped. In addition, BHW partners with local and national organizations to strengthen their workforces through team building and personal wellness initiatives. Clients have included Hillcrest Educational Center, Pittsfield Juvenile Resource Center, The John Dewey Academy, Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office, Darrow School, Berkshire Functional Fitness, ARK Media, and Fox Sports Network, among others.

The statistics are compelling;

  • 15% of high school seniors nationwide have reported non-medical use of prescription drugs in the past year. (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
  • In Berkshire County 60% of high school seniors have reported the abuse of alcohol, while a reported 35% have abused marijuana in the past year, (Berkshire United Way).
  • Post Traumatic Stress afflicts one-quarter of the troops returning from the Middle East, or about 300,000 men and women, (The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs).
  • At least 22 veterans commit suicide each day, (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs).
  • One in three businesses fail within their first year. The team building exercise creates cohesiveness, (Twomey and Kleiner, 1996).

“I am a cancer survivor and horse lover.  I have witnessed the pervasiveness and potentially life threatening impact of drug use, depression, and PTSD in this community.  This is what drove me to start this venture. While financially challenging, I felt I had no choice. We work with disconnected families, traumatized adolescents, and brave soldiers as they reintegrate into family life, the workplace and the community when they return from deployment. Their ability to pay for these services is irrelevant,” reports Sumner.

Army Sgt. Robert Shove, a veteran of Iraq/Afghanistan stated, “This program has made me whole, like there is hope. I have been through many types of therapy, as I suffer from TBI and PTSD. This was the first time out of any other therapy that it seemed to work. I recommend it for any veteran or military person who has gone through combat or who is suffering from trauma. The connection that I got with the other vets and the horses in the program saved me.”

Sessions take place on the ground (no riding), are facilitated by both a Licensed Mental Health Professional and a qualified Equine Specialist, are solution-focused and follow a stringent code of ethics.  BHW has been practicing this model in the Berkshires for over a year, and with its newly designated nonprofit status, has gained the ability to reach a broader demographic through fundraising and grant initiatives, including tax-deductible donations.

According to Robert Goodman, a father whose family of five engaged in a team building session, “The kids have not stopped talking about it; BHW made us feel very close to each other. My wife, a psychologist, is convinced that EAGALA is such a helpful tool.”

The utilization of rescue horses, some of which are “cribbers” who get high from chewing wood, is highly effective in metaphorical learning with clients who have eating disorders, addiction, PTSD, and more.

BHW is located in a bucolic 27 acre compound in Richmond, MA comprising the Berkshire Equestrian Center, hiking trails, outdoor paddocks, historic barns, state of the art jumping facilities, the Inn at Richmond, and a wellness center. The facility has the flexibility to provide corporate retreats for businesses that invest in their employees through programs focused on teamwork, problem-solving, cultural diversity, empathy, and productivity. Berkshire HorseWorks™ team building sessions take participants out of their offices and into the arena with equines. By incorporating horses into team building workshops, employees are afforded the opportunity to engage in innovative thinking and gain insight into the dynamics of their group.

Dom Sacco, EAGALA certified Mental Health Professional and lead adjustment counselor at Monument Mountain Middle School states, “The facility offers a high degree of flexibility, making it conducive for clients to explore their management styles while at the same time, creating an intimate setting for individual work.”

Despite the high costs of the team approach mandated by The Model, lease fees (for the facility), and general costs of horse ownership, BHW has always offered services on a sliding scale to those most in need. With the newly designated nonprofit status, funds raised by the 501(C)3 could soften that impact.

 

Ways to get Involved: Click Here

Your generous donations will go toward covering any of the following.

  • Sponsor a family in need for a 90 minute session…………….………..$425
    • or an eight week program…………………….…………..…….$3,400
  • Sponsor an at-risk child for a series of eight Equine Assisted Learning or Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions………………..………………………$1,800
    • or a single 60 minute session……………………………………$225
  • Sponsor a Horse Powered Veteran for eight Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions…………………………………………………………………….$1,200
  • Sponsor a horse and his…mix and match with what you can give…anything is appreciated.
  Monthly Annually
Hay & Grain $150 $1,800
Foot care with Shoes $90 (every six weeks) $780
Foot care without shoes $40 (every 6 weeks) $350
Boarding $850 $10,200
Vaccinations N/A $200
Dental N/A $200
Total: $13,530 per horse

Visit our Support Us page to learn about other opportunities including volunteering, internships and more.

Berkshire HorseWorks™, a 501(C)3 nonprofit corporation, is part of the international EAGALA network of 4,500 certified professionals in 50 countries providing Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) to at-risk youth, veterans, active duty, their families  and corporations.  Experiential, highly effective, and rooted in evidence-based practices, EAP treats a broad array of mental and behavioral challenges. EAL incorporates Equine Assisted Team building by partnering with school districts, local businesses, and international corporations to enhance personal development and reinforce group dynamics in the workplace.  Services are offered seven days a week during individual sessions, workshops and wellness retreats. Through the power of horses, Berkshire HorseWorks™ provides the tools to cope, challenge, communicate, heal, lead, empathize and thrive in today’s competitive world.

For more information, please visit www.berkshirehorseworks.com or call Hayley Sumner at 310-488-9777.

Press Release – Team Building Demonstration at BHW

Posted on: April 14th, 2014 by Hayley , No Comments

FROM: Berkshire HorseWorks LLC, EAGALA Certified Program
CONTACT: Hayley Sumner, Hayley@berkshirehorseworks.com, 310-488-9777


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BERKSHIRE HORSEWORKS TO ENCOURAGE LOCAL BUSINESSES, SCHOOLS, AGENCIES TO TEAM BUILD WITH HORSES AT INTERACTIVE DEMO TUESDAY, APRIL 22 AT BERKSHIRE EQUESTRIAN CENTER

FOR EACH ORGANIZATION WHICH “PONIES UP” FOR STAFF DEVELOPMENT BERKSHIRE HORSEWORKS WILL DONATE AN EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY SESSION TO AN AT RISK YOUTH AND FAMILY IN THE COMMUNITY


Great Barrington, MA, APRIL 14, 2014— In an effort to further support community at risk youth and their families by providing EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), Berkshire HorseWorks is reaching out to local organizations to invest in their own staff’s development by signing up for a half or full day team building workshop by June 1st. In turn, BHW will donate sessions to identified at risk youth and/or their families free of charge. The initiative will formally be announced at an interactive demonstration on Tuesday, April 22nd, from 4:30 – 7pm at the Berkshire Equestrian Center in Richmond (40 Perry’s Peak Road, off route 41). The demo will focus on personal development and team dynamics in the workplace and how EAP can be a highly effective tool for corporate team building. Egremont resident, cancer survivor and EAGALA Certified Practitioner Hayley Sumner introduced this experiential modality of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Learning (EAL) to the Berkshires last June when she and her team opened shop.

The Model has a diverse application from helping in the healing process of the children, families and first responders affected by the Newtown tragedy, to assisting military personnel and vets with PTSD reintegrate into society, to cultivating empathy in Fortune 500 companies, to motivating a corporation’s sales force to teaching anti-bullying techniques in schools.

“My hope when starting this business was to be able to help organizations and our community concurrently. If we can offer a new way for businesses to invest in their workforce by using horses to honestly examine team dynamics, facilitate effective communication, increase problem solving skills and encourage creative thinking then that will lead to more productive and healthier relationships outside of the workplace,” said Sumner, Founder and Executive Director of Berkshire HorseWorks.

Clients have ranged from Fox Sports, Berkshire Functional Fitness and the Seekonk Tree Company to Hillcrest Educational Center, John Dewey Academy and the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department. Because Equine Assisted Learning is so effective, it is considered a rapid approach to building life skills.

“I attended a recent team building session and had no idea what to expect. After just an hour and a half I came away with valuable information usable in everyday life. First and foremost, I don’t listen very well!! I hear fine but don’t focus on what is being said. Where I didn’t comprehend the initial instructions others did. So as a team, being able to combine all of our individual strengths and solve the task was powerful and more efficient. I highly recommend taking a session,” said Peter Sweet, Jr., Owner Seekonk Tree Farm.

“The HorseWorks experience awoke me to the realization that I am so intimidated by instructions issued by an “authority figure” that I will blindly follow those instructions to the letter, as if I were still the “good little girl” who never challenged the expected response. To have reacted this way at this time flew directly in the face of who I am today … an individual who explores every possible means to an end, extended to very out-of-the-box solutions. As a result, I am determined to diminish my tendency to demur without significant, informed thought and, instead, act on my proven ability to intelligently question and act beyond the expected, even at the risk of being “wrong”, shared Carol Robins, Former Director of Volunteer Resources, Lighthouse International.

Horses are innately sensitive and open. Interaction with them serves as a mirror of emotions and behavior, thus helping individuals, couples, and groups discover positive solutions to real-life challenges. Participants are empowered by the lessons learned in the arena and translate that energy, attitude, and behavior when they return to the workplace, the family or school. Recent group workshops have included:

  • Defining how employees can work as a team toward a common goal such as increased productivity or landing a new client.
  • Working with staff to enhance communication and adapt to a company’s new management initiatives.
  • Helping struggling students deal with bullying at school or issues at home.
  • Navigating cultural differences in a government agency.

Having run a public relations company for more than 20 years, Sumner recognized the importance of investing in and supporting her associates in their personal development. “We would go on rafting trips to Costa Rica to help us all develop a sense of trust and teamwork. They became great leaders and listeners. Had I known about horses at that time I might have traded in the rafts for hooves. We can work on just about anything in the arena that one would do in boardroom trainings. Bringing it to life allows for hands on metaphorical learning that is very powerful for staff development employee retention and overall wellness,” states Sumner.

Unlike therapeutic riding where a client is mounted on a horse, EAGALA Model EAP and EAL sessions take place on the ground, are facilitated by both a Licensed Mental Health Professional and a qualified Equine Specialist, are solution-oriented. Horse therapy or EAP can be used as both an adjunct or alternative to talk therapy. Horses often break through the barriers that in more traditional modes can stall people. EAGALA Certified professionals work with a broad spectrum of behavioral/mental health issues and learning goals including ADHD, autism, depression, addiction, eating disorders, couples therapy, stress management, recidivism, teamwork, sexual abuse, leadership skills and trauma-related disorders. Donated sessions to the families and youth will focus on these treatment goals as needed.

“The Berkshires are a very healing community. I am hoping the EAGALA programs at Berkshire HorseWorks will augment in a new way, the wellness and vitality of our population both individually and in the workplace – arming all with the tools to cope, heal, compete, communicate and thrive in today’s stressful world. BHW will offer not only EAP and EAL sessions for individuals, couples, veterans, and groups, but also tailored workshops and retreats for corporations, agencies, and school districts. The goal is to collaborate with existing initiatives so as to maximize impact and reach,” explained Sumner.

EAGALA is a nonprofit organization developed in 1999 to address the need for resources, education and professionalism in the fields of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning. The association has set the standard for professional excellence in how horses and humans work together to improve the quality of life and mental health of individuals, families and groups worldwide. In partnership with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), EAGALA provides an opportunity for a second career for horses retired from racing. EAGALA has more than 4000 members in 49 countries and continues to grow. For more information on EAGALA go to www.eagala.org.

Visit www.berkshirehorseworks.com for more information OR call 310 488 9777 TO RSVP

Press Release – EAP Demonstration at BHW

Posted on: June 18th, 2013 by Hayley , No Comments

FROM: BERKSHIRE HORSEWORKS LLC /EQUINE ASSISTED GROWTH AND LEARNING ASSOCIATION (EAGALA)

CONTACT: HAYLEY SUMNER, HAYLEY@BERKSHIREHORSEWORKS.COM, 310 488-9777


For Immediate Release

HORSES , HULA HOOPS, MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS FROM THE COMMUNITY TAKE TO THE ARENA TO TACKLE MENTAL/ BEHAVIORAL CHALLENGES INCLUDING PTSD, ADDICTION, STRESS MANAGEMENT, ABUSE, ADHD, GRIEF, AUTISM, DEPRESSION,TEAMWORK

EAGALA MODEL EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY (EAP) AND LEARNING (EAL) AS UTILIZED IN THE TREATMENT OF SURVIVORS IN NEWTOWN SHOOTING TRAGEDY TO BE DEMONSTRATED AT BERKSHIRE EQUESTRIAN CENTER IN RICHMOND, MA

WHO: Hayley Sumner, South Egremont resident, Founder and Executive Director Berkshire HorseWorks, a new venture providing EAGALA Model EAP and EAL services to the Berkshires; Ellen Donaghey, MSW and Jimmy Downes, EAGALA Advanced Certified Equine Specialist, owner Relatively Stable Ct.; Carl Dunham, owner Berkshire Equestrian Center and the Inn at Richmond; first responders, social workers, educators, equestrians, corporate leaders, psychologists.

WHAT: Launch of Berkshire HorseWorks and the introduction of experiential EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning. Demonstrations of the innate sensitivity of horses as they run free and work with humans in non-mounted activities involving obstacles and props. Facilitated by certified equine specialists and licensed mental health professionals, The Model is increasingly being used in the treatment of veterans, at-risk youth, families and groups as an adjunct or alternative to talk therapy. Berkshire HorseWorks’ programs and wellness retreats offer the tools to cope, heal, compete, challenge, communicate, lead, empathize and thrive in today’s stressful world. Recently featured on reality TV’s “World’s Strictest Parents” and developed to address the need for resources, education and professionalism in the fields of EAP and EAL, EAGALA has set the standard for professional excellence in how horses and humans work together to improve the quality of life and mental health of millions worldwide. In partnership with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), EAGALA provides an opportunity for a second career for horses retired from racing. EAGALA has more than 3,700 members in 41 countries in Africa, North America, the Middle East, Latin America and Australia. It is not therapeutic riding.

WHEN: Thursday, June 20th, 4-7pm ( First Demo 4:15)

WHERE: Berkshire Equestrian Center, 40 Perry’s Peak Road, Richmond, MA (off 41)


**GREAT VISUALS/INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE**

Please call Hayley at 310 488 9777 to schedule and confirm appointments.
For additional information visit www.berkshirehorseworks.com or www.eagala.org

Press Release – Hayley Sumner to Introduce EAGALA

Posted on: June 8th, 2013 by Hayley , No Comments

FROM: Berkshire HorseWorks LLC, EAGALA Certified Program
CONTACT: Hayley Sumner, Hayley@berkshirehorseworks.com, 310-488-9777


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

BERKSHIRE HORSEWORKS LAUNCHES WITH OPEN HOUSE AND DEMONSTRATION OF EAGALA MODEL EQUINE ASSISTED PSYCHOTHERAPY AND LEARNING ON THURSDAY, JUNE 20TH 4-7PM AT BERKSHIRE EQUESTRIAN CENTER (RICHMOND)

EXPERIENTIAL MODALITY IS HIGHLY EFFECTIVE IN THE TREATMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH , HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND BEHAVIORAL CHALLENGES INCLUDING ADHD, TRAUMA, GRIEF, RESILIENCY, PROBLEM-SOLVING, DEPRESSION, EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION, ANXIETY, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, BULLYING, TEAMWORK


Great Barrington, MA JUNE 8, 2013 — Berkshire HorseWorks, a new venture owned by Egremont resident and EAGALA Certified Practitioner Hayley Sumner will introduce EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning to the Berkshires at an Open House/Demonstration at Berkshire Equestrian Center, Thursday, June 20th 4-7pm (40 Perry’s Peak Road, Richmond). The program will be operating out of the facilities on an ongoing basis. EAGALA Advanced Certified Equine Specialist Jimmy Downes and Certified Mental Health Professional Ellen Donaghey of Relatively Stable , the team who has been helping in the healing process of the children, families and first responders affected by the Newtown, CT tragedy will be conducting the demonstration.

Unlike therapeutic riding where a client is mounted on a horse, EAGALA Model EAP sessions take place on the ground, are facilitated by both a Licensed Mental Health Professional and a qualified Equine Specialist, are solution-oriented and follow a code of ethics. Horse therapy or EAP can be used as both an adjunct or alternative to talk therapy. Horses often break through the barriers that in more traditional modes can stall individuals, couples, families and groups. EAGALA Certified professionals work with a broad spectrum of behavioral/mental health issues and learning goals including ADHD, autism, depression, addiction, eating disorders, couples therapy, stress management, recidivism, teamwork, sexual abuse, leadership skills and trauma-related disorders.

“The Berkshires are a very healing community. I am hoping the EAGALA programs at Berkshire HorseWorks will augment in a new way, the wellness and vitality of our population both individually and in the workplace – arming all with the tools to cope, heal, compete, communicate and thrive in today’s stressful world. BHW will offer not only EAP and EAL sessions for individuals, couples, veterans, and groups, but also tailored workshops and retreats for corporations, agencies, and school districts. The goal is to collaborate with existing initiatives so as to maximize impact and reach,” explained Sumner.

“Because of their size, innate and acute sensitivity, and non verbal nature, horses have a unique appeal helping clients of all ages become more engaged in the therapeutic process,” said Lynn Thomas, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and founder and Executive Director of EAGALA. “This form of therapy is especially helpful for children and their families as the horses provide an emotionally safe way to project the strong and difficult feelings stemming from trauma and loss.”

Clients, for example, might be charged with the task of helping a horse through an obstacle. Instead of simply talking about their problems or being led to solutions, the client works with the animal to find solutions. The horse acts as teacher and unlocks the client. The animal facilitates emotional breakthroughs, and the effect, therapists report, can be magical.

Why EAGALA?

EAGALA is a nonprofit organization developed in 1999 to address the need for resources, education and professionalism in the fields of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning. The association has set the standard for professional excellence in how horses and humans work together to improve the quality of life and mental health of individuals, families and groups worldwide. In partnership with the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF), EAGALA provides an opportunity for a second career for horses retired from racing. EAGALA has more than 3,700 members in 41 countries and continues to grow. For more information on EAGALA go to www.eagala.org.

Visit www. berkshirehorseworks.com for more information.