Sarah MarshEquine Program Director & Occupational Therapist

Sarah grew up on a farm on the coast of Maine. She started riding at the age of 10. In high school, she began riding hunter jumper, saddleseat, and carriage driving at a local Morgan horse farm and training horses including several regional and national champions. While pursuing a business administration degree at St Andrews Presbyterian College in North Carolina, Sarah competed on the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Hunt Seat team and worked as the student barn manager. It was at St. Andrews that Sarah was first exposed to therapeutic riding.

Upon graduation, Sarah worked for 5 years in business management while continuing to volunteer with the therapeutic riding program at the University of New Hampshire. In 2009, Sarah became a certified therapeutic riding instructor through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) and accepted a position at Sagebrush Equine Training Center for the Handicapped in Sun Valley, Idaho. In 2011, she became an advanced certified instructor through PATH. It was Sarah’s experience with the healing power of horses as a therapeutic riding instructor that inspired her to return to school to become an occupational therapist.

Sarah earned her Occupational Therapy degree for East Carolina University while continuing to teach therapeutic riding at a local facility in Greenville, NC. She completed her Master’s research thesis on equine assisted activities and therapies and was able to present her research at the 2015 American Occupational Therapy Association National Conference. Since graduation, Sarah has worked as the lead occupational therapist in Onslow County and Hillsboro School Systems and as an early childhood diagnostic therapist through Saint Louis Public School System. Her appreciation for the therapeutic value of animals was strengthened by her therapy dog, Mr. Gordon, who worked alongside her as they provided therapy to children in the school system as a team.
Sarah also has a love for tacos, football, hockey, and country music. You can always count on her to get all the therapists together for a Mexican food night at one of the local restaurants in Republic. Her passion for horses, genuine love for helping others, and extensive knowledge in these areas have made her an incredible asset to our team.