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John F. Irving

John F. Irving

Therapeutic Riding Instructor


  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering – Southern Illinois University
  • Master of Science Degree in Operations Management – University of Arkansas


  • PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

John has worked with horses all his life.  He showed competitively in both English pleasure, jumper and western.  As a boy, he led trail riders at a local stable and at 16, he began the rodeo circuit professionally riding bulls and bareback horses.  He has owned and trained numerous horses.

John enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1979.  As a Staff Sergeant, he finished his college education and received a commission to the officer ranks and retired a Major in 2004.  His tenure included the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan. 

John began volunteering at Saddle Light in March of 2016.  He subsequently completed all PATH instructor requirements and began teaching in December 2016.