Bergen county's premiere equestrian center

The Bergen Equestrian Center

Bonnie Malajian, MSW, ACSW, LCSW
Developer and Facilitator, Equine Growth and Learning Programs 

     
Bonnie Malajian MSW ACSW LCSW has over 35 years of clinical experience, providing equine-guided programs for clients who struggle with depression, anxiety disorders, and addictions, at risk behavior, trauma/loss and PTSD. She has facilitated equine- guided therapy and learning programs since 2008, incorporating her lifelong appreciation of the horse-human connection and the need for innovative and effective modalities. “I have witnessed how effective EAP/EAL is for so many populations who may not respond or engage in traditional talk therapy or utilize it as an adjunct modality to enhance their growth.” Bonnie is licensed to provide clinical treatment in NY and NJ and is certified to preform equine programs through The Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) and The Equine Experiential Association (E3A).Type your paragraph here.

ANNA GASSIB

Entrepreneur, Equestrian and Empowering Spirit


Since childhood, Anna Gassib has enjoyed an unbridled passion for the equestrian life. What began as a young girl’s fascination for horses with just a single pony in her back yard, has been transformed into successful equestrian centers with two-fold missions to help build small businesses and to improve the quality of life for individuals in need of therapeutic intervention.

Gassib, who resides in Franklin Lakes, traded her high-profile career in finance at organizations like Bank of America for an entrepreneurial opportunity that combined her love of horses with her commitment to help others. After many years of purchasing struggling stables and making them profitable again, Gassib turned her attention to helping others. Most recently, she acquired the defunct Bergen Equestrian Center (BEC) at Overpeck Park in Leonia and turned it into a thriving business in just one year. At BEC, she established A Stable Life, a program that combines her skills as a life coach with equine therapy in an effort to empower men, women and children who are trying to find the correct path for their lives. The stables are home to more than 70 horses that are available for lessons, therapy and trail-riding experiences.

Among the people served by A Stable Life are individuals struggling with addiction, children with special needs, behavioral issues, families who cope with mental illness and veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Gassib has partnered with organizations throughout Bergen County including Children’s Aid and Family Services, The Man of War Project for Veterans, Covenant House, Spring House and other social service agencies who serve these communities. Equine therapy has long been recognized as a meaningful and long-term approach to a variety of mental health and medical issues and has been known to “heal the soul,” an outcome close to Gassib’s heart.

An accomplished dressage equestrian, Gassib understands the importance of both discipline and diligence in achieving goals. Helping others is the driving force in her life and she works tirelessly to provide a complement of services that will place them on a positive path toward recovery and personal success.

Gassib shares her loves of horses with her four daughters, who are also trained riders and equine caretakers. Her passion is the driving force of her businesses and she serves as a model for the entrepreneurial spirit, particularly among women whom she strives to empower. She’s a spitfire with a champion’s personality – driven to success not only for herself, but for others around her.

Gassib has a bachelor’s degree in business from the City University of New York, Dale Carnegie Business Coaching and is nearing completion of a certification in the Gestalt Equine Coaching Method, designed to make the horse a more interactive part of a therapy session.
For information about the Bergen Equestrian Center and A Stable Life, visit bergenequestrian.com or call (201) 336-3370.

Established in 2012, A Stable Life provides a variety of non-riding equine treatment programs focused on prevention, education, healing and assisted recovery guided by qualified professionals. Sessions benefit individuals and families dealing with life challenges that may include anxiety, isolation, addiction, loss of a loved one, phobias or for those suffering from the symptoms of PTSD. A Stable Life will design a program for any person in need of intervention and healing. The grace of a horse enriches the body, mind and spirit resulting in true healing. For more information or to schedule a session call 201-336-3370.  All Stable Life programs take place @ Bergen Equestrian Center located at 40 Fort Lee Road Leonia, NJ. ​​​

Bergen Equestrian Center and A Stable Life are honored to be hosting a research study for veterans with PTSD using an equine assisted therapy model.  

This study is being held in conjunction with the New York State Psychiatric Institute and the Columbia University Medical Center.  It is being made possible by generous support from the Earl Mack Foundation and the Man O' War Project. Please visit the Man O' War Project website to learn more.  For information on how to participate contact anne hilburn @ 646-774-8042.




Bergen Equestrian Center and The Man O' War Project in the news!



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​Horses helping combat veterans with PTSD 


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New PTSD Treatment for Veterans Deploys Horses as "Therapists" 


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​Bergen County Study Uses Therapy Horses to Treat PTSD


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For some traumatized veterans, the best therapy can be stroking a velvety nose 


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Horses Saving Vets, Vets Saving Horses


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​Horse Therapy Used to Treat PTSD