Nina Ekholm FryNina Ekholm Fry, MSSc., CCTP -US

Nina Ekholm Fry is Director of Equine Programs at the Institute for Human-Animal Connection and Adjunct Professor at University of Denver, where her work focuses on horses in clinical services, and on equine behavior and welfare. She leads the internationally accessible, post-graduate Equine-Assisted Mental Health Practitioner Certificate program. For the past 13 years, Nina has specialized in equine interactions as a way to enhance psychotherapy in the U.S. and Europe, and is a certified clinical trauma professional. She currently serves on the boards of the American Hippotherapy Association (AHA Inc.) and the Certification Board for Equine Interaction Professionals (CBEIP). In addition to client work and teaching, Nina conducts facilitation workshops and is the Editor of the HETI Journal, published by the International Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy. Nina has a particular interest in equine welfare issues and ethics, both in equine-assisted services and in human-horse interactions in general. As a practitioner member of the International Society of Equitation Science (ISES), she is dedicated to ethical equitation, correct application of learning theory, and the understanding of equine cognition, behavior, needs, and mental states as part of equine management, assessment, handling, and training. She teaches Equine Behavior at Yavapai College. From 2015 to 2016, Nina served as the interim Program Director for the Equine Initiative at the Yavapai Humane Society in Arizona where she started an adoption-focused equine rehabilitation and re-training program, and designed the YHS Equine Center. Nina is active in the equine welfare community in the United States and consults on equine behavior and facility design nationally. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.