our instructors

All of our dedicated and enthusiastic instructors are certified through PATH International — the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.

This means they've met criteria an instructor must possess regarding instruction, teaching methodology, disabilities, equine management and horsemanship. Most started out as volunteers in our program, a great way to find out if this special calling is for you.


Beth Pellerito

Certified by PATH in 2004

Certified ELH (Experiential Learning with Horses)

Involved with O.A.T.S since 1998 - started as a parent of a rider, volunteered, worked around the farm and in the office

“The horses are what draw us in but the smiles are what keep us going.”


Hannah Pellerito

Holds prestigious Advanced Certification from PATH with the goal of pursuing a Master Instructor Certification

Certified by PATH in 2015

Involved with O.A.T.S since 2001, when her brother, Nick, started riding.

Riding horses since 2001 with a background in Dressage and Eventing - has won multiple championships at recognized Dressage shows for the United States Dressage Federation.

Teaching style emphasizes the importance of learning the basics and grasping those concepts before moving on towards independence


Ruth Hannam

Certified by PATH in 2015

Started volunteering with O.A.T.S in 2008

“I started volunteering with O.A.T.S as a way to get close to horses, my lifelong passion, again. When I left, I always felt an amazing sense of love and hope. It was the desire to share this feeling with others that pushed me to become an instructor. The smiles make every time I come to O.A.T.S. worth it.”


Jessica Beeson

PATH certified instructor since 2017

PATH mentor

Certified ELH (Experiential Learning with Horses)

“Horses have changed my life. I love changing lives one ride at a time.”


Interested in becoming a PATH certified riding instructor?

Our trained instructors can help you achieve your goal through mentorship and guided practice hours. PATH sets stringent standards for certification that can be difficult to navigate on your own. Allow our experts to help guide you through the journey.