HPCS is a designation of therapists who have advanced knowledge and experience in hippotherapy. For physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech and language pathologists who have been practicing their profession for at least three years (6,000 hours) and have 100 hours of hippotherapy practice within the three years prior to application. Application fees apply, and a multiple-choice examination must be passed. For information contact:

Professional Testing Corporation
1350 Broadway – 17th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Or visit: http://www.ptcny.com/pdf/ahcb.pdf


AHA, Inc now recognizes two different AHCB credentials:

AHCB Certified Therapist and AHCB Certified Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist.
The AHCB Certified Therapist requirements for entry level certification will include:
1. Currently licensed or certified to practice as a PT, PTA, OT, OTA, SLP, or SLPA in the US or the equivalent in other countries.
2. At least one year of full-time or the equivalent (2000 hours) experience in practice.
3. Taking AHA, Inc Level I and II courses, or equivalent
4. A minimum of 25 hrs of one on one direct treatment in clinical practice using hippotherapy following Level II course.
5. Experience/comfort level working with horses.

For additional information, please visit: http://www.ptcny.com/clients/AHCB/index.html


Kristen Baumberger, OT, Ladera Ranch, CA
Christy M Berry, OT, Katy, TX
Patricia Evans, PTA, Rancho Santa Marguartia, CA
Vera Liljestrand, SLP, Tijeras, NM
Neita Miller, SLP, Edgewood, NM
Jolynn West, OT, Edgewood, NM



The following people have successfully passed the Hippotherapy Clinical Specialty Certification Examination. These therapists have demonstrated a high level of knowledge in the field of hippotherapy and are thus entitled to use the initials “HPCS” to indicate that they are “Hippotherapy Professional Clinical Specialists.” This certification is valid for five years.

Jennifer Allen , Smyrna, TN
Debra L. Alvarado, CA
Elizabeth A. Baker, Wrentham, MA
Teri J. Barnes, Colorado City, CO
Joann Benjamin, Sherman Oaks, CA
Lois J. Brockmann, Newtown, CT
Celia Bower, White Oak , TX
Jane Burrows, N Miami Beach, FL
Renee L. Casady, Bellefontaine, OH
Mary H. Chaplin, Portsmouth, RI
Elizabeth B. Chauvot, Berne, NY
Susan E Conroy, Huntington Beach, CA
Bonnie Cunningham, Jeffersonville, NY
Eileen Davies, Jacksonville, FL
Ellen Erdman, Exton, PA
Julie Freschi, CA
Lori Garone, Hauppauge, NY
Jann Goodman, Mesa, AZ
Sara Goodstone, South Orange, NJ
Melanie Greenwood, NH
Darrell Hamill, Issaquah, WA
Lisa S. Harris, Lexington, KY
Debra L. Hauser, Saline, MI
Pippa Hodge, Langley, BC
Emily Hoskinds, Cushman, AR
Carol A. Huegel, Gainesville, FL
Shin Hyeyeon, Gwanak-Gu, Seoul, Korea
Tineke D Jacobsen, Walnut Creek, CA
Melissa Jarzynski, Pound Ridge, NY
Ji-Young Lee, South Korea
Nancy H. McGibbon, Green Valley, AZ
Sandra H. McCloskey, West Chester, PA
Paula McGuffey, Plainview, NY
Steven G. McKenzie, Bothell, WA
Judith M Moore, Georgetown, TX
Kelley H Newman, Brentwood, TN
Jennifer J. Nuckton, Monterey, CA
Bethany L. Nugent, Woodstock, GA
Nancy W. O’Meara, Georgetown, TX
Beth M. Pastor, Hanover, NH
Janelle L Robinson, Laguna Niguel, CA
Lee M Ruonavaara, Magnolia, TX
Sarah E. Schmitt, Lebanon, IN
Lasandra G Schwarze, Ferndale, MI
Deborah Silkwood-Sherer, DHS, Holt, MI
Janet C. Smaldone, NH
Shelby St John, Lexington, KY
Christine Swan, Redwood City, CA
Cynthia S. Thomas, Dallas, TX
Laurel J. Welch, Douglas, MA
Catherine Wycoff, Herndon, VA
Autumn O’Hara, MS, OTR/L, HPCS
Ellen J. Bonine, Kirkland, IL
Margie Benge, Eaton, OH
Eileen P Booth, Kings Park, NY
Patricia M. Coates, Wellington, FL
Rebecca K. Cook, Grass Lake, MI
Marcia Cushman-Perkins, CA
Ellen C. Davis, Pelham, AL
Marie Dawson, Canton, GA
Michelle DeCanditis, NM
Bonnie L Depue, Dansville, MI
Chase Doverspike, Palo Alto, CA
Lisa M. Dreager, Danville, KY
Trudy Epstein, Encino, CA
Linda Frease, Sarasota, FL
Susan E. Grant, ME
Megan Sellenraad-Hamelin, Northport, MI
Jeffrey Jameson, Elverson, PA
Lauren L Janusz, Wilmington, DE
Lisa M. Kafka, DuPere, WI
Peggy E. Keller, Baldwin City, KS
Amanda Kute, Colorado Springs, CO
Lesley L. Lautenschlager, Plainfield, IN
Susan C Liebross, Frenchtown, NJ
Karen Gardnerl, TX
Claudia Morin, Grovetown, GA
Jane M Pylman, Oro Valley, AZ
Nancy Rawcliffe, Peralta, NM
Tami Scotto, CT
Ann K. Viviano, Boise, ID
Kathryn Splinter-Watkins, Paris, KY
Brenda J Stephens, Earlysville, VA
Gina Taylor, Bound Brook, NJ
Janet Weisberg, Golden Valley, MN
Beth A. Wood, Greenwood SC
Monica Wu, Lexington, MA


Meredith S. Bazaar, New York, NY
Ruth Dismuke-Blakely, Edgewood, NM
Becky L. Lundeen, Rice Lake, WI
Beth Macauley, Grand Rapids, MI
Tina M. Rocco, Islandia, NY
Ann K. Viviano, Boise, ID



Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist®

Your Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist Certification is valid for five (5) years. Note that the valid dates are printed on your certificate. At the present time, any ONE of the following options is acceptable for re-certification:

  1. Re-take and pass the examination
  2. Written evidence of 120 hours of continuing education distributed over the five years, with a relative balance of
    • 50% (60 hours) in education related to equine subject matter: psychology, training, riding skills, etc.
    • 25% (30 hours) in education related to direct service in your professional discipline
    • 25% (30 hours) in any other subject related to hippotherapy
  3. Written evidence of scholarly activity* appropriate to the field of hippotherapy.
    Examplesof acceptable scholarly activity include:

    • Hippotherapy Faculty in Graduate Education
    • Publication or research of scholarly article in Juried Publication
    • Scientific research related to hippotherapy
    • Teaching/developing courses
    • AHA Approved Course Faculty

*Scholarly activity not specifically mentioned will be considered by AHCB upon written request by the individual. The activity must demonstrate strong knowledge and involvement in the field of hippotherapy.

Application for re-certification must be submitted to AHCB and postmarked by the expiration date of your present certification. It is the responsibility of the Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist to apply for re-certification in a timely manner.

*Failure to apply for re-certification prior to the expiration date on your certificate will necessitate your re-taking the examination.

*Please submit application for re-certification and necessary documentation together in one packet.

An application for re-certification is available online.