Irene Gentile Hillcrest Rider Memorial Fund
MTRA lost a strong supporter and a great friend with the passing of Irene Gentile, a certified PATH instructor who devoted many years of her life to our mission as a wonderful instructor, a volunteer and a friend. It was her final wish that donations be made in her memory to MTRA to support a Hillcrest student.
Sally Ann Lyle, veteran PATH instructor at MTRA, recalls Irene as “an enthusiastic teacher, always upbeat and full of fun. Her students adored her and she could coax a smile out of the most timid rider. She was a devoted supporter of MTRA and a great asset to the instructor staff.”
MTRA would like to recognize the years and personal dedication Irene Gentile effortlessly gave to our Program with the establishment of the Irene Gentile Hillcrest Rider Scholarship. Adored by many as “The Pink Lady, her quirky personality stood out among us as a unique and caring soul. Irene was passionate about all things equine. She embraced the benefits of the therapeutic relationship between a horse and its rider. Irene’s passion to teach lead to her certification as a Path International Instructor in the early Hillcrest days. Hillcrest students were closest to her heart. Her love for the MTRA experience illuminated in her smile and echoed in her voice. Irene eagerly shared her equine knowledge with her students, volunteers and all who crossed paths with her at both
MTRA facilities. She inspired all with a warm sense of humor, her honest opinions, her enthusiasm, and she freely expressed her joy in her rider’s success. Her colorful spirit left footprints in the hearts and lives of those who met her. MTRA appreciates Irene’s endeavors, thereby recognizing her as a great contributor to the success of MTRA.
On August 23, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, Irene Gentile left this world to rest in a better place. We have lost a dear friend and a talented instructor. It is our desire to continue Irene’s passion to provide therapeutic riding for Hillcrest students with this scholarship. Please consider a donation in Irene’s memory to assure MTRA’s future success in the Hillcrest children participation in EAAT activities by clicking on the image above.
For those of you who would like to have a beautiful memory of Irene, please click on Irene’s photo to download a high resolution printable version.