In Loving Memory of Betty Lou Townley

It is with heavy heart that we must share that our dear friend and co-founder of TRI – Betty Lou Townley passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2017. 

Betty Lou was a visionary and a pioneer in the field of Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies. She and her friend Linden Moore set out to enhance the lives of the special needs community in the Miami Valley in 1973. She combined her own love of horses with the passion she had for individuals with special needs. They carefully named their program the Therapeutic Riding Institute – TRI.

At that time, therapeutic horseback riding was in its infancy, and there was very little support within the medical community to assist them, but Betty Lou was a registered nurse and she could easily see how horses could be used to heal and comfort. Betty Lou and Linden began one of the first programs in this country, and set out to change the lives of so many.  

While TRI has had many homes over the last 44 years, we always had Betty Lou’s backyard to fall back on. Her philosophy was, “nothing is impossible as “the man upstairs” is always watching over this program”. She poured out her love, her heart, and her life to so many. It is truly a testament to her vision, her passion, and her hard work that TRI is now entering our 45th year serving southwest Ohio.  

She was TRI’s Founder, but above all, she was our friend. Her memory and legacy lives on in every smile of a volunteer, every giggle of a student, and every accomplishment achieved in and out of the arena. TRI is her legacy.

Private services will be held by her family, but please consider sharing your memories of Betty Lou here.

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