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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