Tall in the Saddle

Midland County 4-H Exceptional Riders Program


Tall in the Saddle’s current instructor, Kay Gotham, received her training and initial certification in 1996 from the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center in Augusta, MI.  She also holds a certification to teach 4-H Proud Equestrian Program classes in Michigan and maintains this by attending the Instructor Update Conference (offered annually) sponsored by MSU Extension.  Since Cheff Center no longer trains instructors, future instructors will be trained through the training program of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl). In addition, they will need to acquire and maintain 4-H Proud Equestrian Program (PEP) certification.

For more information about therapeutic riding, instructor training and certifications, please visit the Michigan 4-H Proud Equestrian Program and  Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl) websites.

Leadership Committee

Since the Spring of 1976, Tall in the Saddle as been run by a dedicated committee and loyal group of community volunteers.  Key members of the committee are:

  • Betsy Evans, OTR/L, Chairperson
  • Kay Gotham, Instructor & Horse Coordinator
  • Nan Spadacene, Secretary and Lead Volunteer Coordinator
  • Connie Anders, Treasurer & Equipment Coordinator
  • Sally Ginter-Coats, Fundraising
  • Patty Easton, Wednesday Volunteer Supervisor
  • Michelle Gallant, Tuesday Volunteer Supervisor
  • Cindy Vickery, Webmaster

The TIS Committee meets on the third Monday of each month, except December, at 7 p.m. at Chapel Lane Presbyterian Church in Midland. The July or August summer meeting date is scheduled at the June meeting.

We are always looking for energetic new volunteers to join our Tall in the Saddle program committee. If you are interested in helping to make a kid laugh and their parents or grandparents smile, please Contact Us with your questions, availability or level of interest.