Winner's Circle Center

 

Staff


     Kate Black, M.S., LPC, LPCMH, NCC is a National Board Certified Counselor and Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health both in Pennsylvania, and Delaware.  She is certified with EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth & Learning Association) as an Equine Assisted Psychotherapist and is a Pennsylvania Certified School Counselor for grades K-12.  Kate has extensive experience in the needs and challenges of Special Education students and navigating the public school system.  Learning to ride at the age of 2, Kate was involved in Pony Club, show jumping, and foxhunting prior to becoming a professional jockey racing Thoroughbreds in the tristate area and Florida.  Kate's combined passion of horses and counseling brought about Winner's Circle Center Inc., where individuals, couples, families and groups can bring about positive change through experiential therapies and learning activities.  Kate is a firm believer that animals, horses in particular, can unlock the potential within each individual and help us find the solutions we need to improve our lives.

     Jenny Le Sage, B.A. Psychology, M.A. Educational Leadership, Elementary Education Certified (K-6), Special Education Certified (K-12), Highly Qualified Certification to teach English, Mathematics, Social Studies, and Science to students in special education (7-12). Jenny's teaching experiences include working with students with Specific Learning Disabilities, Autism, Intellectual Disabilities, Emotional Disturbance, Other Health Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Speech and Language Impairment. She then went into Educational Administration, first being an Assitant principal at a middle school in Lancaster County.  Her next assignment was to be the Special Education Supervisor within that district. Her last administration assignment was as the Special Education Director in a Chester County School District. Through her vast experiences educating and programming for students with special needs, Jenny believes that experiential education and learning best assists students in meeting their full potential of social, emotional, and academic growth. 

     Maya is an Australian Kelpie and Mountain Cur mix.  She was rescued from an animal shelter in September 2012.  She spent the next 90 days fighting a heart worm condition.  Through much love and care she has come through this painful experience with a new zest for life.  She has a very quiet demeanor - rarely barks but is usually found with her ears down and her whole back and tail wagging.  She is excellent on the leash and loves to walk and sit with her people.  Both breeds, Kelpie and Cur can be very headstrong and have strong leadership skills.  Maya will assist our students in maintaining the 'leader' role by teaching our students how to exude confidence and positive energy by using their voice and body language.  These newly learned and mastered skills will overlap into real life situations with friends, family, and in a working environment.  

     Hampton is an 8 year old black and tan long haired miniature Dachshund. He competes in AKC competitive obedience trials and has earned advanced titles in both Obedience and Rally. Hampton is also a Certified Therapy Dog and he especially enjoys working with children, and even helping them learn to read! Hampton is always ready to give kisses and bring a smile to your face!
     Sadie is a 10 year old brown miniature mare who came from an Amish family. Sadie is a very smart little horse who is often a favorite at the farm. Sadie likes to help people learn about working with horses, and she is especially good with kids. Sadie is the matron of the herd and she keeps the other horses in line, no matter how big or small they are!

     Colleen is an 8 year old miniature Paint mare. She is a beautiful little horse who is very sweet and patient. Colleen came to us pregnant, and 13 months later, gave birth to a bouncing baby boy! She is a great mom and very patient with her sassy son. Second to her favorite activity of munching on hay, Colleen loves the attention she gets from visitors to the farm.
     Cassie is a 2 year old Quarter horse Paint filly. Cassie was an orphan foal and came to us at 4 months old. She was a gangly little foal, but she is growing into a beautiful big horse! Cassie is very personable and loves interacting with people - in fact she will happily follow you around the arena!  While Cassie is young and still has lots to learn, she is a wonderful therapy horse and enjoys doing groundwork activities with people big and small.
     Mr. Patches, a Shetland Pony gelding, was rescued after being abandoned by his owners. He was very skinny when he came to us but he has regained his health and his positive attitude. Mr. Patches is 20+ years old and has lots of stories to share. He loves being brushed and fussed over and can always be counted on to come and say hello to new visitors!
      Rocky Balboa (the little Italian Stallion) is Colleen's baby boy. Rocky was born on Preakness morning, May 16, 2012. He is a headstrong little boy who is in training to become a therapy horse. Rocky enjoys zooming around the pasture and playing with the big bouncy ball. Everyone loves to stand by the fence and watch Rocky's antics!
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