Our instructors are certified by PATH. If you interested in becoming an instructor please contact us today. Milestones requires a candidate to complete the volunteer training, and volunteer in our program in order for you to get to know our horses and riders. Please see requirements by PATH for registered instructors at www.pathintl.org.
I grew up in California, KY and owned horses all my life. I was an active member of the Campbell County 4-H horse program where I attended meetings, rode in horse shows and was a member of the drill team. My additional horse experience includes twenty years of commercial carriage driving, working as an instructor at a local stable and serving as an adult volunteer with the local 4-H and extension programs. I am on the Board of Directors for the Northern Kentucky Horse Network, as well as an organizer/clinician for many of their educational programs. My riding disciplines include basic Stock seat, Hunt seat, Saddle seat, Dressage and Driving and I’m eager to learn more.
My interest in therapeutic riding developed because I had two cousins with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I remember the happiness riding brought them and hoped that I could help bring that same feeling to others. Milestones was the answer and I have been involved with the program from the very first informational meeting in February of 1999. After volunteering for several months I began working toward my PATH International certification, which I received in 2001. In order to maintain my certification I am a PATH member, take riding lessons and attend at least twenty hours of educational workshops a year. My life revolves around horses and horse back riding…come to Milestones and swap horse stories with me.
Hi, my name is Cathleen Rahschulte and I was born and raised in Kenton County. I graduated from Simon Kenton in 1981 and received my teaching degree from EKU in 1985. As an ROTC candidate I served my country in the active and reserves for 8 years. I also spent the next 30 years as a music teacher in Grant and Boone County. I recently retired from full time teaching but still teach part time at St. Cecilia, here in Independence.
I have been a lifelong lover of all animals. I began riding at a very early age and continue to this day. As a child I began competing in 4H and now I occasionally compete in amateur hunter Jumper shows. However, my passion is trail riding for leisure and competitive trail riding.
In 2006 I was introduced to therapeutic riding through the book, Hope Rising by Kim Meeder. After reading this book, I was hooked and began searching for more information. That is when I first found Milestones which was located in Campbell County at that time. I was teaching full time in the Boone County system so I had no time to volunteer but I did start looking into becoming a therapeutic riding instructor. I began volunteering at Milestones when they moved to their current location. Soon after, I started in the mentor program and in 2007 became a certified instructor. In 2008 I created my small therapeutic riding program at my home, which I continue today.
Milestones approached me this past spring to join the instructor team which I feel has brought me full circle. I have been enjoying my position at Milestones and love being a contributor to such a fine organization with a wonderful staff, volunteers and students.
Claire became a PATH certified instructor in 2004 and for the past 14 years has dedicated her time to working with a wide variety of riders. Led to get involved with therapeutic riding as a teenager after the birth and death of her brother Nicholas, who was born with Trisomy 13, she has worked with Special Olympics, summer camps for kids with special needs, veterans’ programs, mental health programs with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and more over the years. Throughout her career she has also remained dedicated to the importance of proper training and conditioning of the therapy horse as a vital piece of every center’s foundation.
Claire is a full-time editor at BloodHorse Magazine in Lexington. She lives in Florence with her husband and two dogs.
Claire worked extensively with Cowboy Dreams of Illinois early in her career, served briefly with Bravehearts in Illinois before her move to Lexington, taught at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope when she lived in the bluegrass, and recently after her move to Florence, taught with Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship. She looks forward to joining the Milestones team!
Krissie began volunteering with Milestones in 2014 and started the process to become a registered instructor through PATH International in the spring of 2016. Krissie loved horses from a young age and jumped at the opportunity to be involved with a therapeutic riding program.
Her professional background includes mental health services with youth and young adults involved with the juvenile court system, foster care system and those with mental health diagnosis. While volunteering with Milestones she has been able to witness many of the wonderful benefits therapeutic riding offers, both physically and emotionally. She hopes to incorporate some of her mental health knowledge into the lesson plans and continue to learn new ways to support our riders.
Susan Kinsella, Executive Director
This is my fifth year at Milestones as the Executive Director. I have been able to draw on much of my professional experience in my work at Milestones, which includes many years of direct care social services, as well as administrative and organizational development. My fundraising and management skills were developed while I was the Director at a homeless shelter in Cincinnati and then as the Director of Development at Madonna Manor. I have secured funding for programs throughout Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati through my work as a non-profit consultant and most recently I was the Development Manager of Grant Funding at the Contemporary Arts Center.
Milestones offers such an amazing experience for everyone involved riders, parents and family members, volunteers and staff. We each have seen the incredible effect of therapeutic riding for our riders. I feel that as Executive Director my job is to provide a supporting role for these opportunities to occur and that is a real privilege.