Our Humans

Sam Thorpe

Founder & Director

Sam has always had a deep love for horses. She grew up riding and helping care for the horses on her aunt and uncle's farms. As a teen she struggled with her own mental health and found peace in the barn. Her empathy and compassion for those struggling to find their own place in this world are what drove her to start Equi Evolution. Sam lives in Cumberland, RI with her husband, 3 children, and many fur babies. She has a BSBA from Bryant University, where she studied Business and Psychology and has taken coursework in Equine Studies at Johnson & Wales University. She is an MA certified riding instructor and has extensive experience in EAAT (Equine-Assisted Activities & Therapies) including therapeutic riding, Hippotherapy, and EFL (Equine-Facilitated Learning). She is certified in Level 1 EFL through The HERD Institute and has over 20 years of experience coaching and helping build the confidence and self-esteem of those in her community, and around the world, through both in-person and online mentorship. She is working towards completing her Level 2 HERD certification this year to expand her education in working with vulnerable populations. 

Emily Pammett

Facilitator

As a lifelong equestrian, Emily has incorporated her love of horses into every stage of her life. She grew up riding any discipline anyone would teach her, working as a 'barn rat' in exchange for lessons, board, and just extra time with the horses. Taking a special interest in horses that others had given up on, she aimed to earn horses' trust so that the barn she loved felt as safe for them as it did for her. During college, Emily rode for the varsity athletic Roger Williams University Equestrian Team, and volunteered as a therapeutic riding instructor. Carrying that with her into graduate school, she taught horseback riding lessons to all levels of riders, including students with developmental delays, while earning her MSc in Psychology. She is working on becoming certified in Equine Facilitated Learning (EFL) through the HERD institute. 

Kathie Silvia

Facilitator

Kathie is a  LMHC with more than 20 years of personal horse experience. First drawn to horses by her love of the rodeo, her interests then led her to explore centered riding, natural horsemanship and more recently, the growth and learning that humans can experience when relating to horses mindfully. As a therapist in a community mental health facility, Kathie works with a variety of diagnoses and populations, predominantly from a person centered approach; though she also utilizes techniques from mindfulness based CBT, DBT, ACT and motivation interviewing. Kathie graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, with a Masters in Clinical Psychology, and is a graduate of UMASS Medical Schools’ Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program as well as being a certified riding instructor.

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Drifter

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Our Horses

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Jackie

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Drifter

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