PATH, Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Department: Science & Health
Phone Extension: 2262
Michele Ridenour is a PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor, and has many years of experience in the fields of therapeutic horseback riding and driving. In addition to her PATH certification, Michele is also a CCHI certified riding instructor and trail guide.
Michele teaches classes in therapeutic horseback riding and therapeutic recreation, and mentors the Asbury University students leading the Jessamine/Asbury Connection program.
In addition to being an adjunct professor for the Equine Department, Michele is the assistant behavior coach at West Jessamine Middle School in Jessamine County. She graduated from Asbury University with a Master’s degree in Special Education in 2011, and had already obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Equine Management in 2009. It was during her time as an undergarudate that Michele develped a love and passion for working with students with special neeeds and using horseback riding and driving as a therapeutic and recreational activity for them.
Michele serves on the Hopeful Farm Foundation Board of Trustees as secretary, and has volunteered at Hooves of Hope Equestrian Center in Lancaster, Kentucky teaching therapeutic horseback riding and driving lessons.
A lifelong horse lover, Michele shows in Western Pleasure when her schedule allows. She is originally from the Chicago area, but now lives in Harrodsburg, Kentucky where she has three dogs, Cole, Calvin and Domino, and three horses – Dollar, Dusty, and Cora, plus some cows, pigs, and goats. When she is not teaching in the classroom or in the arena, Michele enjoys spending time with her family and friends, crafting, baking, reading, and driving tractors.