Dr. Kathleen Broughan doesn’t get much of a chance to get away from her work as founder and executive director of LEAP, a non for profit Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy center for abused, neglected, troubled children in Charleston, South Carolina’s low country. At the Wellington Dressage Classic I she was not about to miss the second outdoor competition in the USA of her imported 10-year-old Danish stallion, Richman DVH 784 (by Mantovani X by Quattro out of a Zeoliet mare) .
With Shawna Harding in the irons, the handsome duo impressed Judge Charlotte Bredahl and earned the winning score in a competitive class with a 71.395% topping Harding’s other mount Rigo owned by Tonya Rowe who was second with a 70.930%.
Broughan a USDF Silver Medalist is also a credentialed equestrian sports psychologist at the European Championships in Holland.
In 2000, she served as team psychologist for Team Israel in Israel's bid for a spot in the Olympics. It has been her work as a certified equine-assisted therapist in the program she founded in South Carolina which gives her the greatest pleasure, but also demands most of her time. “It is amazing and rewarding to see how horses can help many of the children we work with.” said Broughan.
Since moving to South Carolina she imported the Danish stallion and is managing his career. She has been gratified with the response. Because of his bloodlines he is just as popular as hunter sire as in dressage, and it looks like he will be able to pay his way as his career has just begun to take off in the USA.