Credentials + Affiliates
Continuing education, proper training and community connections are important to us. We strive to offer the highest level of compassionate services, and as a result, we work hard to obtain the proper credentials in our field; as well as work with like-minded affiliates. Learn about the organizations and communities we are a part of.
The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) promotes safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs; and is a global authority, resource and advocate for equine-assisted activities and therapies and the equines in this work that inspire and enrich the human spirit. Equuvation Inc. is a Member Center of PATH Intl.; and home to two PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors and Equine Specialists in Mental Health and Learning [ESMHL]; as well as one PATH Instructor-in-Training.
Darkness to Light - A Certified Partner in Prevention
A Partner in Prevention is an organization or business that has committed the time and effort to educate themselves on how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. An organization receives the Darkness to Light Partner in Prevention distinction when they have successfully met the annual guidelines established by Darkness to Light.
The Partner in Prevention Commitment Includes:
Making prevention a priority by using Stewards of Children® to train staff and volunteers who interact with youth
Conducting background checks on staff and volunteers who work with youth
Implementing policies that limit opportunities for one adult to be alone with one child at any one time, unless in a screened clinical setting
Stable Moments is a mentorship program curriculum utilizing equine assisted learning and community mentors to achieve life skills for children impacted by early developmental trauma. Learn more about Stable Moments here.
The Compassionate Equestrian, 2017-2018
Compassion becomes the foundation for all decisions that an equestrian makes with every choice for their horse, for all people involved in the equine community, as well as the global community. Through choosing compassion as the common ground for all decisions, equestrians can become a movement for creating a kinder, happier, healthier, more compassionate world. The Discovery Trail at Rocky Creek and Equuvation approach every situation with a belief towards compassion, and have taken the Compassionate Pledge. Click here for the Principals of Compassionate Equitation [pdf] or learn more about The Compassionate Equestrian here.
American Youth Horse Council
The vision of the American Youth Horse Council is to be a visible and connecting force in a vibrant and growing youth equine industry. AYHC strives to support the youth equine industry with factual and quality educational materials, and to engage all breeds and disciplines within the industry; and to illustrate the value of the human-horse experience. The Discovery Trail/Equuvation is a member of AYHC, and is dedicated to developing impactful programs for youth.
Equine Medical Safety Association
The Equestrian Medical Safety Association (EMSA) is dedicated to the philosophy, principles and application of safety and accident prevention prevention in horse activities. The Discovery Trail/Equuvation is a member of EMSA, and is dedicated to safe practices around and for horses.
Medic First Aid, CPR and AED
MEDIC FIRST AID is a program of the American Health & Safety Institute (HSI), a family of seven brands offering complete emergency care training, continuing education, safety training and chemical compliance solutions with one goal: Making the Workplace and Community Safer. All members of our staff at Equuvation are First Aid, CPR and AED certified. Three members of our staff are certified in Mental Health First Aid.
National Wildlife Federation
National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is pleased to recognize that Rocky Creek Ranch in Statesville, NC (home of Equuvation) has successfully created a Certified Wildlife Habitat® through its Garden for Wildlife program. NWF celebrates the efforts of Rocky Creek Ranch to create a garden space that improves habitat for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife by providing essential elements needed by all wildlife – natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young.