Meet our Instructors!


Acadiana Therapeutic Riding Organization has a growing list of qualified instructors. The program, which began 20 years ago, had only one instructor, Dixie Bunton-Ferrata, who was certified at the Advanced Level by then, NARHA. Since then, we have added several instructors to the program. The current active instructors are Emily Weber, Lorain Gilbert-Fontana, Patricia Foreman, Anne Babineaux, and Dixie. While Dixie is the only Advanced Instructor, Emily has begun the process of being certified at that level. Lorain is also a physical therapist and is working on Level II Hippotherapy certification. Patricia is a special education instructor and focuses strongly on the literacy component of the program. Anne is a licensed professional counselor, who usually works with teens, but has added a dimension to the program previously not seen by coordinating the Women’s program with Dixie. All of our instructors are dedicated to the growth of ATRO, improving and expanding our programs, and bringing the level of service to our clients to a standard of excellence that is endorsed by Path International.  

ATRO is proud of the individuals whose biographies are shared below and welcome you to meet them. Please contact any one of us if you have any questions about our program.

"At Cherokee Ridge"

  Sometimes at night

 When dust and gravel

 Sift through my brain

 I go to Cherokee Ridge

 Where the sun basks

 On women who get up close,

 Dip into pots

 And smear pictures

 On live horses,

 The colors blooming on

 The backs of horses

 The colors blooming out

 Of fingers

 In Rosie's mane

 I am in my granddaughter's hair

 Smoothing out tangles

 Minding the brushstrokes

 Flowers here are lifted

 Freed from their cases

 We set them in warm beds.

 We comb until something blossoms

 Debra Bailey--