Barbara Newhouse Trimble was a licensed social worker and long term healthcare administrator- who saw the way horses changed lives and felt the need in Northeast Ohio. She watched hours of therapeutic riding lessons and was moved by the progress of the riders every time she watched her daughter Katherine, then only 14, volunteer to lead or sidewalk at the small center near their home. At the time, volunteering at a therapeutic riding center was a natural step for her daughter, who had been riding and competing since she was a small child at a different riding program for able-bodied riders.
The benefits of equine assisted therapies are undeniable, and Barbara saw a way to bring another level of social connection to a riding program. She could see that the magic happening in the arena was due to the relationships riders built with their horses, but new friendships were also being established between volunteer and rider. She observed the personal growth and development of skills as the volunteers attended each lesson. And most importantly - she noticed the kids on the sideline that didn't have a medical diagnosis but wanted to ride with their friend or sibling. Barbara started asking questions... "Why not allow riders to take lessons based upon riding ability rather than diagnosis?" "What does inclusion look like on a farm?" "Can experienced riders in a program give back and be equestrian role models & volunteers regardless of diagnosis?"
The answer she came up with was Trinity Farm. Barbara grew increasingly dedicated to the mission of creating a program that would serve people of all abilities. She got to work finding support and like minded individuals, but her dream was put on hold while she battled and eventually lost her fight with Ovarian Cancer. Barbara's bible and notebooks were filled with graph paper sketches of barns and outlines of programming ideas that she doodled during chemo treatments. A year after her death, her family picked up the pieces and began to build a program in her memory.
The property for Trinity Farm was purchased in January of 2010 by the Trimble Family. Hundreds of long hours went into rehabilitating a facility built in the 70's, that once held everything from 32 show horses to 60 racehorses and even cows. June 26th 2010 the farm was ready for a grand opening under its new name.
Thanks to the generosity of Barbara's husband, Jon Trimble, Trinity Farm became a physical location, a reality and a nonprofit organization that reaches over a thousand people a year! Jon continues to volunteer at the farm and share his expertise.
Trinity Farm Therapeutic Equestrian Center (TEC) currently provides therapeutic riding lessons for children and adults with disabilities as well as their typically developing peers and siblings. We offer equine activities for people of all abilities. In June 2015, we expanded our services to include a military program called Operation SERVE (Supporting the Engagement and Recovery of Veterans with Equines). This program is an eight week course designed to teach military veterans to become expert volunteers in our therapeutic riding program. Furthering the idea that all people can benefit from equine assisted activities while they give back to their community.
Today, Barbara's family continues the mission to provide an inclusive environment for all.
Trinity Farm plays cupid. In 2011 Shawn Brown was Trinity Farm's first Hudson High School service learning student. He volunteered at the farm alongside Jenn Trimble, Barbara's youngest daughter. Shortly after volunteering together they began dating. Flash forward through wedding photos at the farm, and a new baby a decade later, they continue to give back to the farm that started it all. Shawn & Jenn Brown make up the family leadership team that is galloping toward ten more amazing years of changing lives.
Matt- Barbara's son, and his fiance Kelly, live in Chicago and champion the farm's mission from afar.
Katherine- Barbara's eldest daughter is a certified as a PATH International Therapeutic Riding Instructor & Special Olympic Coach and has over 20 years of experience in the field. She has been the head coach and Executive Director of Trinity Farm since it was established in 2010.
All hands on deck! Pictured left to right: Dave -Barbara's brother, his wife Annemarie, Katherine- Barbara's eldest daughter, Mary -Barbara's mother, pose after a successful Trinity Farm horse show.
Dave is a weekly volunteer- keeping the grounds in tip top shape!
Mary's passion for animals is only topped by her love of watching Trinity Farm's young riders achieve their dreams. Well in to her 90's she volunteers for horse shows and Boo at the Barn to run the concession stand and cheer on our riders!
Bob Newhouse, Barbara's father, (93 years old) visits with his favorite horse Terroso. His birthday was chosen as Trinity Farm's anniversary/grand opening date. He remembers how dedicated Barbara was to Trinity Farm and enjoys seeing his family make her dream a reality.