TRI’s Story.

46 years in the making.

The Beginning

Betty Lou Townley and Linden Moore founded the Therapeutic Riding Institute (TRI) in 1973 to improve the health and lives of children and adults with disabilities. TRI was one of the first in the world, the first in our region, to offer equine-assisted services to people with disabilities.

Through the years, this volunteer-driven community service

group has touched thousands of lives in the Miami Valley.


TRI has tripled in size and scope to offer classes six days a week to nearly 200

students with the help of over 200 volunteers, 7 horses and 8 professional staff. 


TRI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit registered with the IRS and the State of Ohio. 

TRI is a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center



Print TRI’s achievement indicates that all PATH Intl. Standards criteria related to the lesson program (student evaluation and intake, volunteer training, horse care and training, and instructor certification); administration, and facility condition are met.

The accreditation program review process is designed by PATH Intl. to ensure that all Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) programs adhere to specific standards.  This philosophy has ensured that programs nationally and internationally provide consistent teaching, training and administrative procedures. By adhering to the PATH Intl. standards, the students receive consistent instruction and guidance that enriches their lives and encourages striving to achieve.

TRI is 1 of only 275 centers in the nation that is Premier Accredited.

All of TRI’s Instructors are PATH Intl Certified

PATH Instructor certification requires extensive preparation involving mentoring hours and written tests prior to being eligible to test for certification. Instructors must pass advanced riding skills and posses a firm knowledge of disabilities in order to pass the final test which is administered in person by certified evaluators at a third party location.

In addition to being PATH Intl Certified, all TRI Instructors maintain active CPR and First Aid Certifications and pursue at least 20 continuing education hours a year. Our standards are exemplary and our instructional program is designed to achieve both therapeutic and riding skill based goals.

Learn more about PATH Intl here.

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