Our instructors are certified by PATH. If you interested in becoming an instructor, please contact us today!
Trisha Kremer, Registered Instructor
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.
There is an indefinable bond that develops between horses and their human friends. Horses are non-judgmental; they do not laugh when told secrets. They provide a strong shoulder to lean on, and they do not shun people who are a little different.
We use a variety of horse types, both large and small, but primarily use Icelandic horses, which are intelligent, good tempered, versatile and beautiful. Their average height is between 12.3 and 13.1 hands.
We carefully choose and work with horses that have a special attitude. They often seem to know that they are there to help, and “take care” of their special riders. All of our horses are carefully screened for temperament, trained for the unique situations encountered in therapeutic lessons, and carefully monitored to ensure that they remain in good health and spirit.
Milestones accepts horse donations, and you can also sponsor a horse!
Annie came to us on a trial basis and we believe she has a lovely personality. She is very curious about everything! We are still getting to know Annie and will keep you posted when we know more about this wonderful horse.
Board of Directors
Thaddeus J. Nestheide, Psy.D., President
Dr. TJ Nestheide is a psychologist working exclusively with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He currently works for the Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services (HCDDS) providing support throughout the agency, including at two agency-run schools and four agency-run adult centers. Prior to moving to HCDDS he worked with adults at the Southwest Ohio Developmental Center, a state-run residential center with approximately 100 residents, and with children at The Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He did his doctoral work at Xavier University, internship at Kennedy Krieger and Johns Hopkins and fellowship at Cincinnati Childrens.
“My brother, Josh, was one of the first riders at Milestones, so I’ve been aware of the organization for many years. I was asked to become more involved and joined the Board in 2013. I have enjoyed helping provide oversight as Milestones grows as an organization. Milestones provides excellent and much-needed programs and the organization has potential to touch the lives of even more individuals with disabilities. I have also learned quite a bit about the therapeutic programs and a lot about horses as well!”