CHAMP is located on Good Hope Farm in idyllic South Hero, Vermont.
57 East Shore Road
South Hero, VT 05486
Telephone: (802) 372-4087
The Champlain Adaptive Mounted Program (CHAMP) is a Premier Accredited Center of Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, PATH International. To achieve and maintain this certification CHAMP is required to follow stringent regulations to ensure that “basic standards for health and safety to promote the well-being of all participants and horses” are followed. Accreditation status is reviewed every five years by PATH International and an Annual Statement of Compliance must be submitted. CHAMP also adheres to the PATH International Code of Ethics for Centers. Confidentiality is of paramount importance.
All instructors are certified by PATH International. In order to maintain certification, instructors are required to take a CPR and First Aid course every two years, and to spend twenty hours each year upgrading knowledge and skills. Our volunteers are trained on-site with hands-on demonstrations. Training addresses rider safety and includes; horse leading, side-walking, mounting, dismounting, horse grooming and tacking.
All CHAMP volunteers and employees are required to pass a VT Registry Check to participate in the program. Out of state residents must pass an Internet background check as a condition of their participation in the program.
Jean Desranleau is a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor – Registered, CHAMP Executive Director and Program Director. She grew up at Contentment Farm which is now known as CHAMP at Good Hope Farm. She has been riding, working with horses and teaching riding for most of her life. She has helped develop the CHAMP program since its inception and is delighted to be back living in South Hero and working full time with CHAMP.
Lorrie Rainville is a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor – Registered. She has been around horses for most of her adult life and owns Peanut, a Quarter Horse boarded at Good Hope Farm. Lorrie has worked for Champ since they took over the lease at Good Hope Farm in 2008. Lorrie loves working with the horses and CHAMP riders. She is often heard saying “she has landed her Dream Job.”
Roger Gibbons has been working at CHAMP for the past 5 years. His daily activities include: barn and fence maintenance, as well as working directly with the riders. He is a PATH Intl. instructor in training. He loves working with all CHAMP riders and has a special commitment to the PATH Intl. Services For Heroes program for veterans. He is a veteran who served in the Gulf War.
Mary E. Willmuth, Ph.D., ABPP is a PATH Intl. Certified Instructor – Registered and a Certified PATH Intl. Equine Specialist in Mental Health Learning. She is a licensed psychologist with a specialty in rehabilitation psychology. She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the department of Psychiatry, at the University Of Vermont College Of Medicine. She is Board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation Psychology, and is listed in the National Register of Health Services Providers in Psychology. She has worked with CHAMP since 2000.
Julie Horrigan is a PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor. She was Co-founder of CHAMP (Champlain Adaptive Mounted Program) in 1987 and has been active in all phases of this endeavor since its inception including CEO, Program Director, “Herdsman” for procuring suitable horses for the CHAMP Program, Board Member, and Instructor with Advanced PATH Intl. Certification in Physical and Cognitive Disorders. Her background as a Pediatric Physicians Assistant as well as her experience as an Instructor of able bodied riders for many years has enabled her to pass down this knowledge to her riders. She also has coached two riders to the World Special Olympic Games with considerable success.
Sue Birmingham successfully completed all of the Path-Intl. requirements for Instructor Certification, including written exams and two days of onsite evaluations in 2013. Sue has worked with horses most of her life. She attended Centenary College in NJ and received a B.S. in Equine Studies. She traveled abroad to England for her junior year in college and received the British Horse Society’s certification as well. Sue has volunteered for CHAMP since 2005, and lives in South Hero with her Husband Dave and dog Bentley. Sue owns Mr “T”, a thoroughbred adopted from a Florida racetrack and boards him at Good Hope Farm.
Board of Directors
Mary E. Willmuth, Ph.D.
Executive Director/Program Director
Ex Officio Board Member
Quality Assurance Coordinator
Consumer Member/ Parent;
Assistant Volunteer Coordinator
Consumer Member / Parent