The Horse Inspired Growth & Learning Center Inc. was established in 2005 by Robin Dunning and Pam Dudek for the purpose of providing an ethical, powerful resource for improving lives through the use of horses. We continue that focus with our team here on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Robin Dunning, Co-Founder, President
Eagala Certified Equine Professional
Eagala Network Coordinator
Former Ethics Committee member
Robin has been working with horses for the past 40 years training, instructing, breeding and competing on a local and national level. In addition, she owned and operated her horse farm for 22 years. The importance of selecting horses for this program requires someone that, not only has an in depth understanding of horses but can also observe them in their natural environment which is crucial to the process of selecting horses that are appropriate for the program. During sessions it is her job to observe the horses and how they are interacting with the clients watching for patterns to emerge. Because the horses will respond in often subtle ways it is her responsibility to identify questions that will aid the client in discovery. Robin has also worked in the mental health field as a mental health worker at Sheppard Pratt Hospital. Robin also served on the EAGALA Ethics Committee.
Announcement: Robin will begin working with the team at Worthmore Farm beginning in 2020. Horse Inspired and Worthmore have provided services together over the past year and will now combine efforts to bring more opportunities and experience to the Eastern Shore and beyond.
BARBIE GLENN, Program Director
EAGALA Mental Health Therapist
Barbie has over twenty years experience working in the behavioral health field and is a Certified Mental Health Therapist with the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association. She works with adults and children with chronic mental illness, trauma, abuse, and addiction. Barbie holds a Maryland State license as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Approved Supervisor, has attained certification as a National Certified Counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc., has a certificate in Advanced Trauma Treatment, and is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner through United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association. Barbie graduated from Wilmington University with a Masters of Science in Community Counseling, holds a Masters of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Wesley College. In addition to her work with Bridges at Worthmore she is a Psychotherapist at Chesapeake Bay Psychological Services in Stevensville, Maryland.