PATH International

PATH International’s mission is to change and enrich lives by promoting excellence in equine-assisted activities and therapies.

What is PATH International?
The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International is a nonprofit organization path international logo that was started in 1969 to promote Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) for people with disabilities. PATH Int’l acts as an umbrella organization for therapeutic riding centers by providing accreditation to facilities and certification for instructors. They provide the facilities with standards that must be followed in order to assure quality horse care, program safety and administrative responsibility. Free Rein has been a PATH Int’l Accredited Center since 2001. All of our riding instructors are certified, meaning they have been trained to understand the different disabilities and how to adjust riding lessons and skills to best benefit each individual.

John Colflesh
I grew up on a small dairy farm near Delaware, Ohio. I graduated from Ohio University with a B.S. in Physics then spent eight years in the U.S. Navy as nuclear power trained submarine officer. Much of my time in the Navy was spent in Connecticut, where I lived for forty years.
After the Navy, I attained an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. I worked in the nuclear power industry for 36 years at Westinghouse Electric Company in Windsor, CT and Pittsburgh, PA. I had many roles and responsibilities over the years including; project management, marketing, field services management and quality assurance. As part of this work, I traveled all over the U.S., western Europe and parts of Asia.
Also, while in Connecticut: I owned a bicycle shop; served on the board of the local chapter of A Better Chance, in Glastonbury, CT; owned a reining horse (did lots of trail riding); and was a member of the Granby, CT Horse Council.
In 2017, my wife and I both retired from Westinghouse and moved to Brevard. For the first two years here, I did some part time consulting work as an industrial incident investigator and analyst.
I first volunteered for Free Rein as a Horse Leader in 2017 weeks after moving here and have been doing so ever since.