Caroline Fritch
Program Director & Lead Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Caroline is an established Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) and Program Director with over 17 years’ experience in program development, management, certification, and accreditation. Her accomplishments throughout her career include thousands of hours of safe lessons, and responsibility for establishing and maintaining Premiere Accreditation status through PATH.

Caroline created new program offerings like our Hangouts and Mini Camps which have proven to be very popular and effective at combining therapeutic riding with socialization and group activities which supports the broader needs of our clients. Before joining The Kvamme Center Caroline was instrumental in creating and implementing summer camps for special needs riders, after school programs for at-risk youth, organizing special needs horse shows, and being involved in the Special Olympics as an Equine Coach.  Horses and helping people are her passions and we are fortunate to have her at the reins.  Caroline and her husband recently relocated to California from South Carolina.

Shannon Swanson
Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Shannon Swanson began volunteering at The Kvamme Center in 2019, after watching the positive impact the horses had on her own son, Ben. Her love of horses and desire to empower the special needs community has brought her to this special journey of horses and healing at The Kvamme Center.  Shannon has worked in special education for the last 7 years as a behavioral technician. She has studied FloorTime, ABA, and is certified in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and Positive Discipline. 

Shannon is a PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor. In her free time, Shannon enjoys reading, painting, talking to her plants, hiking and spending time with her two teenage sons, and husband. She can also be found playing with her favorite horse at the barn, Stormy.

Kate Reid
Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

Kate Reid grew up riding and has worked with horses in a variety of disciplines throughout her life. Her love for riding and the benefits she saw from being around horses and nature in her own life, along with a desire to help others, led her to the world of Adaptive/Therapeutic Riding in 2018. In 2019, Kate passed exams to obtain her PATH International Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor credentials. Since then Kate has worked and volunteered at two Therapeutic Riding programs in the Bay Area and continues her journey to grow and learn in the field of Therapeutic Riding.

Kate is particularly interested in the mental and physical benefits of Therapeutic Riding for adults and Veterans. In her free time, Kate enjoys traveling with her husband and their cat and dog, yoga, and volunteering at the barn!