Annual Meeting & Conference

Date: February 24, 2019
Time: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm (Registration is from 9:00 am to 9:30 am)
Location: Virginia Horse Center (487 Maury River Rd, Lexington, VA 24450)
Registration Deadline: February 10, 2019

9:30 to 10:45
Speaker: Allison Goldfarb, PATH Intl. Instructor, Certified Practitioner of the Equine Gestalt Coaching Method

  • Equine Gestalt Coaching

10:45 to Noon
Speaker: R. Scott Pleasant, DVM, MS, Director of Equine Podiatry Service, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, Virginia Tech

  • Updates and information on equine podiatry for therapy horses
  • Laminitis, navicular, weight distribution and balance

Noon to 12:45: LUNCH

12:45 to 1:15: TRAV Annual Meeting

1:15 to 2:30
Speaker: Dr. Scott R. Reiners, DVM, Diplomate, ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR from Mountain View Equine Hospital

  • Equine Management

2:45 to 4:00
Speaker: Catherine Wycoff, Owner, Holistic Physical Therapist, Feldenkrais practitioner, Equine Rehabilitation Specialist

  • How posture affects the rider’s ability to learn and how you can add tools from the Feldenkrais Method to enrich your teaching. 

This form will allow you to register for the conference, renew/sign up for your individual membership, and renew/sign up for your center membership.

CLICK HERE – 2019 Feb TRAV Annual Meeting & Conference Flyer & Registration

2019 TRAV Board Nomination Bios

Barb Ford

Barb Ford is the founder and executive director of Untamed Spirit Therapeutic and Educational Program near Virginia Beach, Virginia. She was the founder and former executive of Equi-Kids Therapeutic Riding prior to starting Untamed Spirit in 2010.

Barb has a master’s degree in clinical mental health and is currently a resident in counselling working toward her degree as a licensed professional counsellor.

With nearly 40 years in the non-profit therapeutic riding industry, Barb is one of the original founders of the Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia (TRAV) in the mid-1980s. Barb has served as TRAV president and held various offices over the years. She was instrumental in developing the TRAV bylaws, board nomination process, mission statement, and was instrumental in establishing the annual horse show.

As a registered PATH instructor who trained and was certified at the Cheff Center in Michigan in 1986, Barb designed and implemented a mobile equestrian outreach program in the 1990s. She has also served on various PATH committees and was the 2005 James Brady Professional Achievement Award recipient.

On the home front, Barb is the mother of two beautiful twin adult girls and is expecting her first granddaughter in June. Besides horses, her farm is a loving home to goats, chickens, pigs, dogs and a new kitten named “Hope.”

Laura Martlock

Laura Martlock has ridden and trained horses for nearly 40 years. She began riding with the British Society of Pony Clubs, attaining the “A” level. She competed at hunter/jumpers, as an amateur owner and then in the “A” rated open/regular classes until she no longer qualified for the amateur status and competed in jumpers up to the 6th level. After being sidelined by an injury, Laura realized she wanted to make more of a difference in young riders’ and young horses’ lives and began focusing more on instruction and training and less on competition.

She worked as trainer for Three Springs Farm, a Hanoverian breeding/training/lesson barn and American Hanoverian Association inspection site, which at that time was standing the number one- and the number five- rated Hanoverian stallion in the U.S. For five years, she worked with all aspects of the farm — from breeding the stallions and mares and assisting with births, to working with foals as newborns through starting under saddle and taking them to their first shows. She also worked with many off-the-track Thoroughbreds at Three Springs Farm, retraining them for new careers.

After moving to the Staunton area, Laura spent the next nine years working as the trainer/instructor at a local riding and boarding stable. She began working with one of TRAV’s member centers — Ride With Pride — at this time and is now its board president.

Laura instructs at local camps and clinics during the summer months as well as instructing at her home or in clients’ homes. She judges horse shows around the Commonwealth and also serves on the Virginia Horse Council Board of Directors and the Middlebrook Horse Show Committee. 


If you’re attending the annual meeting and conference on February 24 at the Virginia Horse Center, bring the ballot with you. The ballot may also be sent to:

Jane Steele, TRAV President
159 River Ridge Road
Verona, VA 24482 or