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Dr. Octavia Brown Speaks at Conference in Seoul, Korea

09/26/2013, 02:50 PM

Hackettstown, N.J. - Dr. Octavia Brown, Professor of Equine Studies and Director of Therapeutic Riding at Centenary College, recently was a featured speaker at a conference on the Pursuit of Evidence-Based Sports and Exercise Science.  This international sports conference was hosted by the Korean Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, and was held on the campus of Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea, last month. 

Dr. Brown gave two lectures:  one entitled The Status of Research Into the Effects of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies and one on Educational Systems and Instructor Careers in Therapeutic Riding in the USA.

While in Korea, Dr. Brown also met with the Board of the Korean Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship and consulted on the future direction of that association.  She visited and met with directors and instructors of both the Korean Racing Association’s Therapeutic Riding Program and the Samsung Therapeutic Riding program.   She also spent time at the Board of the Korean Society of Leisure & Recreation. 

“I am confident that these efforts will lead to collaborative efforts between these associations and Centenary College that will benefit students in both countries,” says Dr. Brown.

Dr. Brown is internationally recognized for her work in the area of therapeutic riding and  has lectured at conferences and seminars in a number of countries.  Dr. Brown has worked in the field of Therapeutic Riding for more than 40 years. She received her Master of Education degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters in 2008 from Centenary College. She was a founder of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (now PATH International) in 1969, serving four terms on the board of directors.  She is a PATH Master Instructor and has chaired numerous committees for PATH, including Standards & Education and Certification. Dr. Brown is also the past president of the Federation of Riding for the Disabled International, having served six years on the board of trustees. 

Dr. Brown has been associated with Centenary College since 1993, when she was the Gates-Ferry Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, and taught part time through 1996. She returned to Centenary to teach full time in 1997. In 2003, she founded Therapeutic Riding at Centenary, a PATH premier accredited center. As well as offering therapeutic riding to clients from the Hackettstown area, TRAC serves as the teaching practicum site for Centenary’s PATH-approved instructor certification course.
Dr. Brown’s appearance at the conference in Korea was sponsored jointly by the Korean Society of Leisure & Recreation and the School of International Programs of Centenary College.
“I am so pleased that this opportunity came to fruition recently,” says Dr. Joseph Linskey, Dean for the School of International Programs at Centenary College.  “Dr. Brown is highly accomplished and is well-respected in the United States, as well as internationally.  Her representing Centenary College in this capacity benefits all involved and will continue to strengthen our international relationships with organizations and universities.”
Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary
College is an independent, coeducational liberal arts and career studies college
distinguished by an accomplished faculty, small class size and diverse student body.  Centenary is the only baccalaureate and master’s degree granting institution in northwest
New Jersey.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.