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Edye Godden, OTR/L, HPCS – Executive Director

Edye started with at HETRA in 1991 as a volunteer and was certified as an instructor in 1995.  She has attended the American Hippotherapy Level 1 and Level 2 Courses, and received her Hippotherapy Clinical Specialist Certification in 2016.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Creighton University.  In 2007 Edye was awarded the PATH, Intl. Region 7 Instructor of the Year Award.  In 2013 Edye received the “Caring for Others” award from Woodmen of the World.   Edye has presented numerous times at the PATH, Intl. Region 7 Conference, most recently presenting on posture and position corrections for the Certified Riding Instructor in 2016.   Edye’s favorite hobby is being a horse show mom to her two girls and occasionally doing a little showing herself.  She loves taking care of her many dogs, cats and horses at home all of whom seem to be high maintenance and require lots of TLC.  She especially enjoys teaching her dog Quincy fun new tricks!

“I have so many favorite memories of the people and horses I have been blessed to work with over the past 26 years.  One of these memories is of a wonderful horse named Odie.  Odie taught so many people how to ride and be successful in the saddle – I can’t even tell you the number of people he helped over his years of service.  He was a kind soul and a gentle giant but my best memory of him and this occurred after almost every single ride was when the student had dismounted Odie would bend his neck all the way around the side to get a look at who had just gotten off.  It was almost as if he was saying – Hey good job up there today to each and every rider.  He was truly a once in a life time type of horse that I will never forget!” 

“The students, staff, volunteers and horses at HETRA are all truly amazing and I am so fortunate to be able to be able to combine my two great passions in life helping others and horses into a career that makes a difference in so many people’s lives.   I can’t imagine doing anything else.  I have been so blessed to be on this journey with all of the amazing people and horses that make up HETRA!  The first 25 years have been such an adventure – I can’t wait to see what the next 25 years bring…..”

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