September 24, 2012
Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp today announced the establishment of the Courtney Grimshaw Fowler Equine Therapeutic Program in memory of Courtney Grimshaw Fowler, Texas A&M University class of ’85. The Courtney Grimshaw Fowler Equine Therapeutic Program is made possible through a generous donation from the Grimshaw family that will be distributed over five years.
“It is programs like these that show the A&M System truly makes a difference. In addition to transforming the lives of patients undergoing this therapy, this program will allow our students real-world service and leadership opportunities,” said Sharp.
This unique program is symbolic of the A&M System’s continued effort to provide research, education and community services that improve the lives of the people in Texas and around the world.
“This program embodies so much of Courtney, from her love of horses and their contributions to her wellness, to her desire to help others, said Jim Grimshaw, on behalf of the Grimshaw family. “The fact that we are able to make this happen at Texas A&M is perfect. Being an Aggie was a big part of Courtney. By establishing the Courtney Grimshaw Fowler Equine Therapeutic Program in her name, Courtney’s spirit lives on. This program is the best way we could have hoped to perpetuate her legacy of helping others and contributing to her community.”
The program will be managed by the A&M System and supported by Texas A&M University, specifically Parson’s Mounted Cavalry, the Texas A&M Department of Animal Sciences, the Corps of Cadets, and with strategic partnerships with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) and Ride On Center for Kids (R.O.C.K.).
R.O.C.K., based in Georgetown, Texas, has collaborated with the A&M System to provide the knowledge and expertise in equine-assisted activities and therapies. R.O.C.K. will provide the management, consulting and technical assistance to ensure the success of the program.
The equine therapeutic program will provide teaching experience to Texas A&M undergraduate and graduate students interested in the equine therapy industry. These combined objectives will serve Texas A&M, its students and the surrounding community, and provide needed assistance to citizens with special needs, including veterans.
“The benefits of this equine therapeutic program are in the horse-human partnership to improve the potential of individuals with disabilities and challenges,” said Nancy Krenek, physical therapist, PATH International instructor and founder of R.O.C.K. “As clients build strength, life skills and independence, they become more productive citizens in the community.”
About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.5 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $780 million and help drive the state’s economy.
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