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:: Rathel Gincig, Instructor

Rathel Gincig Whinninans Therapeutic Riding Instructor
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Rathel is a riding instructor, certified by a national organization, the Certified Horsemanship Association. Mrs. Gincig designed and began development of the program for the American Old Catholic Church in 1998. A graduate of the University of Southern California, she has had more than twenty years of training and experience with showing, training and raising horses. She has also been Director of Religious Education and Youth for the Archdioceses of Christ the King of the American Old Catholic Church in Aurora, Colorado for over ten years. During this time she has organized and maintained several volunteer programs serving the youth community and child development issues.

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» 2006 Channel 7 Everyday Hero

2006 :: Recognized as a Denver Channel 7 Everyday Hero
Rathel is a riding instructor, certified by a national organization, the Certified Horsemanship Association. Mrs. Gincig designed and began development of the program for the American Old Catholic Church in 1998. A graduate of the University of Southern California, she has had more than twenty years of training and experience with showing, training and raising horses. She has also been Director of Religious Education and Youth for the Archdioceses of Christ the King of the American Old Catholic Church in Aurora, Colorado for over ten years. During this time she has organized and maintained several volunteer programs serving the youth community and child development issues.

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» 2004 CHA Instructor of the Year

CHA Instructor of the Year – Rathel Gincig

A Californian, Rathel began an involvement with horses after graduating from the University of Southern California in International Relations. When she returned from living in Europe for some years as a business and United Nations intern, horses became a permanent part of her life, including many riding lessons, showing in dressage and hunters, breeding and starting young horses.

In the mid 80's she and her husband left their regular jobs to become involved in pastoral work for their church. Rathel’s long time involvement in working with youth ministry eventually linked her interest in horses with helping kids and teens to work on values and build character. Settling in Colorado in 1991, by the mid 90's she was developing programs for kids to be involved with horses at no charge through the church. The program she developed, Whinnian’s Youth Riders, focuses on the relationship issues of foster children and adopted children through the horse-human bond, framing horsemanship as a way to develop relationship, communication and problem solving skills; finding a new way to think and feel about themselves. Whinnian’s works with referrals from local residential treatment facilities, therapists and the community to bring the special gifts of horses into the damaged and neglected lives of children.

“In Colorado I worked for a number of years with a certified riding instructor who ran a marvelous program of instruction and safety,” says Rathel. “Later, when I read about CHA in a horse magazine, I realized that was this instructor’s certification, and became very interested in pursuing CHA certification myself. The affiliation with CHA has opened up a world for me of great learning, information, valuable connections and resources for our riding program for at-risk youth in Aurora, Colorado.”

 

 

 

:: Pamela Lindal-Hansum, MA, LPC,
    Child and Adolescent Therapist

Pamela Lindal-Hansum Child and Adolescent Therapist

Pamela has worked since 1999 as a therapist with at risk youth and 13 years prior as an elementary school educator. Pamela has a MA in Ed. from the University of Colorado and a MA in Counseling from Denver Seminary. She is Level 1 certified in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Level 2 certified in EMDR trauma work. Pamela has expertise with Trauma Recovery, Play Therapy, Attachment Issues, Developmental Disabilities, Eating Disorders and Domestic Violence.