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 Your Instructor
Founder/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 has been an EAGALA certified Equine Specialist and a certified Horse Powered Reading Instructor. She has recently completed her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health and is currently licensed as a PCLC. Her goal is to experientially work with adolescent and adult individuals seeking methods to live a more authentic life by exploring challenges and seeking new skills and knowledge.