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Brianna LeBlanc

PATH Certified Instructor & Lesson Program Coordinator

Brianna’s journey with GaitWay started over 5 years ago. At 15 years old, Brianna came to GaitWay as a therapeutic rider. At GaitWay, she was able to make amazing friends along with progress in her riding and volunteering. She volunteered almost every day. Two years later, she got her first horse, Greta. As a teenager, Brianna remembers telling her riding instructor that she wanted to be just like her one day. And now here Brianna is, out of high school with her second horse, Heilo. She is still out at GaitWay almost every day and attending horse shows on weekends. She is now PATH certified and is an irreplaceable part of the GaitWay team.

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Athena Doherty

Barn Manager

Athena joined our team at the beginning of 2022.  She grew up riding Hunter/Jumper and transitioned to Eventing in high school aboard her OTTB, Lucy.  Her family owns a small farm in South Carolina where Lucy, and Athena’s other horses Bunny, Mia, and Mr. Handsome Pantsome currently reside.  Athena recently acquired her B.S. in Veterinary and Animal Sciences from Clemson University.   Together with her cat Kitty Pants, she moved to Baton Rouge so that she could join GaitWay’s mission to change lives, one stride at a time! 

OUR TEAM

OUR STORY

Changing Lives One Stride at a Time

Since 2005, GaitWay Therapeutic Horsemanship has been improving the health and abilities of Baton Rouge’s special needs community.  What started off as a one-woman operation with just a few horses and clients has grown into a program that currently serves over 60 clients annually with 11 equine therapists and a database of over 45 active volunteers.  GaitWay is overseen by a Board of Directors comprised of eight dedicated individuals from various fields. 

GaitWay offers its services to both children and adults with a wide array of disabilities in the Greater Baton Rouge area.  For the individuals in this region, GaitWay is the only provider of equine-based therapy services that offers both a certified therapeutic program, and the option for financial assistance.  Traditional approaches to therapy focus on the assistance one human can offer another; at GaitWay, the horse is a companion on the journey and the living embodiment of power through trust and collaborative effort.

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