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"I joined a Therapeutic Horseback Riding program as an adult struggling with MS. This program changed my life, helping me refine my skills and increase my endurance, and improved my physical stature. My eye-hand coordination, balance, leg strength, and abdominal core strength are all much better. It had such an incredible impact on my overall mobility that I was able to complete a 2-day trek into and out of the Grand Canyon. A dream of mine that this therapy helped become true."
— George Bohnert, former Prudential Insurance Manager
Sanctuary Island, Inc,.
is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit public charity


Barbara O’Brien, President / Co-Founder
RN, MSN Consultant

John O’Brien, Treasurer / Vice President
MBA Consultant

Anita Herbst, Secretary
Retired Administrative Assistant / Consultant

Board of Directors

Eleanor Gaffney, MA, Retired Teacher

Paul Gaffney, BS Marketing / Sales

Gary Greenfield, Sc.D., M.P.H. Retired Military/
President Special Psychological Applications Corporations

Marc Hurlbert, PhD, Executive Director Avon Foundation

Barbara Rose, BS Former VP Children’s Hospital/
President New Generation Partnership Inc. / Author

Mary Patricia Sullivan, RN, MSN Chief Nursing Officer

Donald Thomas, BS Journalism / Former Deputy CEO American Cancer Society

Advisory Council

Marc David O’Brien, BA,
Co-Founder Sanctuary Island Inc. / Author

Partners and Sponsors


Therapeutic Horseback Riding Facilities Sanctuary Island Inc. currently has selected to feature:

Harmony Farms Inc.

Special People United to Ride (SPUR)

Chariot Riders

Horses Help