Our Mission Statement:
"Provide safe, life changing experiences and promote healthy life skills while being credible, informative, and sensitive."
Pivotal Movements Equine Program was founded and began offering services in 2011 on the sparsely populated plains of eastern Montana in a set of old corrals. As word about individual and group successes began to spread, some clients were driving up to 3 hours from within and out of state to get to their appointments. An indoor arena was constructed in 2013 in order to accommodate inclement weather and the program operated out of that location until we moved in July of 2016.
In July, Pivotal Movements relocated to beautiful southwest Montana, just outside the community of Dillon, which is our founder’s childhood home. We are extremely thankful to our eastern Montana community of Miles City and the surrounding area. It’s schools, teachers, mental health professionals and community service programs which gave us such as great start and overwhelming support. Our team is really looking forward to our new location and working with community groups and the youth in the area by providing this unique outdoor experience. Our goal is to provide a fun, experiential, and custom experience for all clients depending on their interests or needs. We're proud to have extensive experience in providing services on topics such as life skills, peer pressure, bullying, parenting, eating disorders, marriage and family relationships, leadership skills and team building for at risk youth, youth with developmental and educational challenges, marriage and couples, and veterans. We encourage and enjoy partnerships with teachers, schools, youth groups, adult service organizations, mental health professionals, and physicians.
Meet the Pivotal Team
Founder/Co-Owner and Instructor
Born and raised in rural Montana, Cathy’s early outdoor experiences began a life-long interest in history, natural ecological systems, hydrology, fish, wildlife and the socioeconomic relationship between people living on the landscapes and the natural systems around them. She has extensive back country experience and has taught classes in Back Country Survival, Back Country First Aid and Leave No Trace. With a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies she worked for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks as a Regional Operations Supervisor for the Parks Division, Fishing Access Site Coordinator for the Fisheries Division and ended her career as the Regional Education and Information Program Manager. Cathy is the founder and co-owner of Pivotal Movements Equine Program which focuses on equine assisted psychotherapy and equine assisted learning. With over 30 years of horse experience, she is an EAGALA certified Equine Specialist and a certified Horse Powered Reading Instructor. She has recently returned to academia to pursue a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling to enhance her role in encouraging her students to chase their dreams and live an authentic life.
Co-Owner and Instructor
A Livingston, Montana native who transferred at a young age and finished school in Billings, Jaye’s early outdoor experiences with ranching and horses began a life-long interest in horsemanship and farrier sciences. After high school Jaye embarked on the adventure of working horseback on vast and expansive ranches across the west from Montana to Nevada. In his late 20’s, Jaye settled in eastern Montana working as a livestock inspector, pursuing his own ranching ventures and serving as a sheriff’s deputy for Rosebud County. In 2004, in order to supplement his ranching prospects, Jaye was offered and took employment in the booming oilfield industry. Jaye now travels extensively and serves as a contract drilling consultant to various oil companies. Through his pursuits, Jaye has spent the vast majority of his free time effectively teaching horses and people the positive and finer points of horse/human relationships. Jaye is also actively involved in horse shoeing/farrier science, team and ranch roping and performs as a PRCA rodeo pick up man. He is the co-owner of Pivotal Movements Equine Program and an extremely effective speaker and instructor. He has mentored and coached youth in rodeo, wrestling and life challenges.
University of Montana Intern
A Helena, MT resident, Jon joins our team this summer of 2017 in order to gain additional experience and knowledge in the equine field. He is specifically interested in the interaction between horses and people with the intent of improving quality of life, as well as providing a therapeutic outlet for military individuals. Personal interests include: camping, hunting, fishing, trapping, history, and working with veterans.