Leadership and Team Development

Leadership and Team Development

Talisman Therapeutic Riding Inc., situated just over the Bay Bridge from Annapolis on Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore, is proud to announce our new program in Leadership & Team Development!

Under the guidance of our own PATH International Certified Riding Instructor Wendy Gast, our staff is also partnering with Marty Goldberg, a thirty-year veteran in the field of organization development, working with a wide array of companies and leadership teams.

Our program is a seven-hour session for team members, combining introductory ground-based and optional riding exercises. We combine a variety of equestrian activities with time set aside for group discussion and shared insights.

Learnings are mined for their rich implications and application at work—and in keeping with TTR’s values and mission, deepened personal understanding and development. As always, the horses are our teachers. We tailor the event to your own needs and aims, with follow up coaching and sessions available. No previous riding experience is needed.

More on the program and its co-directors, Wendy and Marty, can be found below, and we are happy to answer questions you may have. Sessions will begin in October, so call us now for early sign up.

Looking forward to working with you!

TTR’s Leadership & Team Development Program Topics

Some of our program topics include the points below. We can add to or modify these for your needs in the way we tailor the event. We also always stand ready to respond to the needs of your team and participants in the moment.

• Safety
• Experiencing Your Horse
• Verbal Communications
• Non-Verbal Communications
• Creativity in Group Problem Solving & Teaming
• Sharing Learnings for Work & Leadership
• Continued Growth

Based on a short written questionnaire we ask participants to complete at the outset, we work to match people with horses for best learning effect.

Activities draw from our family stable of 12 trained horses, conducted year-round at our beautiful 30-acre farm in our outdoor round pen and spacious, enclosed arena.

Lunch is provided.

Our Leadership & Team Development Program Co-Directors

Martin Goldberg provides collaborative counsel with leaders, teams, and organizational communities. For many years Marty served as Managing Director of Change Solutions at BearingPoint, its KPMG predecessor companies, and Deloitte, founding Distant Drummer near Washington, DC, in 2010.

He graduated with honors in MSOD at Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business in 1988 and did his undergraduate work at UCLA and Reed College. He teaches Organization Behavior at Pepperdine and has written widely.

He resides in Easton, Maryland.

Wendy Gast, a founding Board Member of Talisman Therapeutic Riding Inc. in 2012, donated the first horse of TTR’s herd, “Zachary.” She brings over 40 years of equine experience and years of corporate organizational experience to the field.  She joined the TTR team operationally in 2016, and is currently its Program & Equine Coordinator. Wendy is a PATH International Certified Riding Instructor, an Equine Specialist in Mental Health Learning (ESMHL), and remains active in pursuing other advanced certifications.  Her previous experience includes having worked in accounting and finance functions in a publically traded telecom, including international operations. She also launched and directed the payroll division for a CPA firm servicing over 100 companies, as a Certified Payroll Professional. Wendy has been a member of Wicomico Hunt Club for over twenty years, earning its honorary distinction of “colors.” She loves the work of equine assisted activities and therapies in all their varied aspects.