Hello, My name is Debbie Smith. I've had horses in my blood for over 62 years. My little girl dream has turned into a lifetime of horse exposure as well as creating a new dream of sharing the Miracle of Horses to children, adults and veterans with special needs.
I grew up on our family homestead farm riding my first pony named Mr. Ed. My Dad farmed with horses for many years. Dad made sure my brothers and I had horses, but I was the child who was bitten by the lifetime horse bug.
I grew up as a 4-H member showing and learning all I could until I graduated high school. All I wanted to do was train horses, teach people how to manage and show horses which led me to the next phase of my life, working on a Standardbred horse farm in Bloomsburg. I worked for U.C. Steel as a laborer and broke the yearlings to lead and get them ready for the annual Yearling Sale. In the Spring I was delivering foals and caring for them until they became weanlings. Working for U.C. Steel formed the best work ethic any horse person could gain in the horse world.
Over the many years I've trained and showed Quarter Horses, P.O.A.'s. I judged many horse shows sharing my knowledge with many youth to enrich their goals of them becoming a professional in the horse world.
After two back surgeries and going through many therapies I wanted to be able to continue sharing the Magic of Horses with others. Eos Therapeutic Center was born in 1992 with the help of two ponies, my daughter, 4-H members, my Dear Friend Debby, friends, families, and the Millville area business community along with The Millville Lions Club.
Eos Therapeutic Riding Center was born and "Miracles on Horseback began to Happen!"
Certified Instructor 26 years
Hi there. My name is Debby Reifendifer. I have been a therapeutic riding instructor with Eos almost from its inception. My best friend, Debbie Smith had asked if I could possibly give an hour a week to help her out with this new program she was starting. The one hour was an understatement, because once I was at Eos and volunteered with one rider and then another, I could not get enough of the love and smiles that were in abundance. My passion, heart, and soul is encompassed in the joy that I feel every time I walk through the Eos doors. I am in awe and thankful to the families that share their loved ones with us each week.
I met Debbie Smith 26 years ago while I was majoring in Special Education at Bloomsburg University. I was so excited to learn about Therapeutic Horseback Riding. I finished my required 15 hours of volunteering for my coursework and never left! I knew pretty early on, that this program was where I wanted to continue to touch the lives of individuals with special needs. Eos is a place of love, acceptance, friendship and family. To this day, I am overwhelmed with the impact that participating at Eos has on our riders. The sense of accomplishment, pride and friendship that our riders experience is invaluable. I feel blessed to have worked side-by-side with Debbie Smith and Debby Reifendifer for 26 years touching the lives of our riders and being part of the Eos family.