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Please check back for 2022 events, including signature fundraising events, outreach and volunteer opportunities! 

Upcoming Events at Great and Small

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 Strategies for Success in the Farm Setting with Autism/Sensory Processing Disorder

Learn OT-informed sensory strategies and de-escalation techniques for clients with ASD/SPD participating in equine assisted therapies/activities.

April 2nd, 2023 - 9AM - 3PM

$200 per person, lunch will be provided

To register, follow the link below:

This clinic is geared towards Therapeutic Riding Instructors and Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists who use or are interested in using horses in practice. This clinic will count for 6 hours of disability continuing education for PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors and is pending approval for CEU hours through MBOT.

Lecture material will include an overview of sensory processing disorders and the autism spectrum. Participants will engage in a classroom experience and hands on training in the arena with horses. The classroom portion will deepen participants’ knowledge of the physical, cognitive and psychosocial effects of SPD/Autism on functional performance. We will address tack options, equine partner pairing and use of movement, session planning for success and de-escalation strategies within the context of working with this population of clients. The lecture portion will be followed by hands on learning in the arena where participants can apply this information by working with horses and create their own session plan with a case study. Participants can expect to learn how to assess a variety of environmental factors, pair challenges with rewards and apply multisensory techniques for successful outcomes for clients with sensory processing disorders/ASD.


There will be an elective immersive experience with feeling the movement of the horse for qualifying participants.

[An ASTM/SEI certified helmet must be worn (provided by Great and Small) and closed-toe shoes. Due to the present physical stature of our horses, Great and Small is unable to accommodate participants over 200 lbs for any riding portion.]

This workshop is presented by:

Katelyn Roe, MS, OTR/L, HPCS

Katie is a certified occupational therapist, hippotherapy clinical specialist, mentor and coach. Katie has practiced OT in a variety of settings working with clients of all ages for 9

years and brings over 20 years of horse experience to her practice of OT utilizing hippotherapy as a treatment strategy. She brings a wealth of business experience to the table having founded and run Unbridled Rehabilitation Services for 6 years and current founder of Courage to Flourish and Flourishing Littles. Outside of work, Katie has a husband and two daughters and loves spending time at the beach or enjoying nature. Katie loves sharing her passion for the healing power of a human-equine bond and empowering others to live their lives to the fullest through her work as an occupational therapist and transformational coach.

Nathalie Miller, MS, OTR/L, CBIS, CTRI

Nathalie Miller is an occupational therapist, who currently works in sub-acute rehab as well as in an outpatient rehab. In the outpatient setting, Nathalie works at Great and Small Therapeutic Riding where she utilizes equine movement as a treatment tool for both children and adult patients. Nathalie began working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Sensory Processing Disorders in 2015. From 2016-2018 Nathalie worked in an Autism Support classroom where she first began utilizing sensory strategies to promote regulation in a school setting. During graduate school, Nathalie continued to educate herself and others on sensory regulation strategies. In December 2020, Nathalie presented her research titled “Improving Community Accessibility: Training Staff to Manage Sensory Meltdowns”. Nathalie attended graduate school at Salus University. Nathalie completed an internship utilizing equine movement as a treatment tool under her mentor, Katie Roe at Unbridled Rehabilitation Services. This past year, Nathalie continued her education by completing level 1 and level 2 courses through the American Hippotherapy Association. Nathalie is passionate about working with those with sensory processing difficulties and utilizing the unique treatment tool of equine movement


2022 Mystery Trail Ride


Calling all riders! Can you help us solve this mystery? Great and Small's Annual Murder Mystery Trail Ride is coming! Bring your horse, your friends, and your sense of adventure as you work to solve this riddle in the beautiful setting of Potomac Hunt Country. 

Entries are $60/person, tax-deductible and directly support Great and Small's therapeutic riding program. 

Past Events at Great and Small


“The Magic of Therapeutic Riding”
A Conversation with Dr. Temple Grandin
Thursday, June 16, 2022 (7-8pm ET)

Moderated by Dr. Debra Moore
Join us for a Virtual Fundraising event on behalf of Great and Small

We raised over $22,000 at this event! Thank you to the 230+ people who attended and donated. A virtual recording is available here.

Check out more information about this special event on the Temple Grandin Event Page.

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Great and Small in the Media

May, 2019

Great and Small included in the Double D Trailers Resource Guide

April 5, 2019

Great and Small featured in Sidelines Magazine spotlight

June 4, 2018

Great and Small featured in “A Perfect Match" article in Bethesda Magazine

February 25, 2015

Rider David Godoy featured in the Daily Do Good

February 23, 2015

Great and Small featured in the Daily Do Good

February 2015

Great and Small profiled in the Montgomery Parks Guide

April 5, 2014

Rider David Godoy featured in a segment done by Montgomery Community Media

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