About the Team

Barbara K. Rector

Barbara Rector, member of the team at Medicine Horse Ranch

Credited globally with development of practice of psychotherapy with the help of horses (Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy EFP) in clinical setting of residential psychiatric hospital in early 1990, Barbara has also contributed to the wide spread teaching practice of experiential education with the help of horses (Equine Facilitated Learning EFL). Her Adventures In Awareness equine facilitated experiential learning process work trainings, seminars and Internship Program are attended by a diverse international community of clinical practitioners, educational facilitators and horse professionals.

Barbara trained and practiced as a psychologist with Jerry Jampolsky, MD in the Bay area; she obtained her Masters in Spiritual Psychology from the Holy Names University in Oakland, CA. Dr. Jampolsky directed the Center for Attitudinal Healing for Death and Dying while implementing the publishing of THE COURSE IN MIRACLES.

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    In 1973 Barbara was helped by her best friend and physical therapist, Nancy McGibbon to rehabilitate her severely injured body from a horse falling on her after pitching over his head during a four foot jump at an A rated Hunter/Jumper Show in the oval of the Tucson First Avenue Race Track. In 1974 Barbara and Nancy co-founded Therapeutic Riding of Tucson, Inc. (TROT) with the guidance of Bazy Tankersley, owner/operator of Al-Marah Arabians. Barbara worked in a variety of capacities for and with Bazy nearly forty years.In the mid 90’s Adventures In Awareness was invited by the Episcopalian Dioceses to house its eight horses, two part time staff and Barbara at Chapel Rock Retreat Center in Prescott, AZ. There a collaborative project with Prescott College developed the curriculum for training mental health counseling students, environmental studies students and experiential education students how to work with horses for mutually insightful growth and development.In 2000 a residential year in Baxter Springs, KS with the Horses of Hope family introduced Barbara, the six horse Adventures In Awareness (AIA) herd to medical research examining the implementation of a developmental vaulting program with youth in trouble. The spiritual focus of this developmental learning based horse work included adolescents both inpatient and out patient who were challenged learners, those with cognitive impairments and behavioral acting out episodes to cooperative and collaborative behaviors, precise communication and mindful practices of clear intention and focus with the horses as they worked together to achieve successful gymnastic maneuvers on the back of a cantering horse.

    Barbara served two terms on the Board of Trustees for NARHA – now Professional Association Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATHIntl. www.pathintl.org ) and nine years on the Medical Committee developing and reviewing Standards, Safety Guidelines and Therapeutic Riding facility protocols. She is an enthusiastic member of the Tucson Dressage Club and has held national certification as a riding instructor for both English Pleasure and Hunter/Jumper through American Association of Riding Instructors.
    Barbara’s book, Adventures In Awareness: Learning with the Help of Horses (05) is available through Amazon as paperback or eBook.

Gaby Fabian


Gaby Fabian, CEGE, began her work with Horses as Healers 12 years ago after spending most of her adult professional career in a corporate environment, primarily in Health and Fitness as Vice President of New York Health and Racquet Club and Regional Vice President of Operations at 24 Hour Fitness.

After some personal and professional challenges, Gaby began to reevaluate what was important to her. She revisited her lifelong love of horses and began to see the healing powers they had in her own life, as well as their ability to bring comfort and strength to so many in such diverse ways. Gaby began volunteering at Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center, where she studied and became a certified instructor teaching children and adults with a wide range of disabilities as well as inner city and at-risk teens. Gaby continued her studies at Strozzi Ranch where she became a Certified Equine Guided Educator (CEGE) in 2004 and co-founded the EGEA (Equine Guided Education Association).

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    Today, Gaby’s work revolves around recovery and behaviors surrounding addiction. She is currently enrolled in CCSF’s Drug and Alcohol Studies program where she is working on her requirements to sit for the CATC (Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor) exam. Gaby and her equine partner Billy Comanche, are in the third consecutive year of study with Mike Bridges, an internationally known clinician and bridle horseman in the California Vaquero Style.