Celebrating Over 40 Years of Service


The Therapeutic Riding Institute, Inc. was co-founded in 1973 by Betty Lou Townley, as one of the first horseback riding programs to provide lessons for special needs children and adults in the nation.  45 years later, TRI continues to support this core program, and seeks to build on its exemplary reputation for providing quality services to children and adults in Southwest Ohio with special physical, cognitive, social, and psychological needs through Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAA/T).

After 45 years, TRI is growing in the number of students we serve, programs we offer, staff we employ and volunteers we utilize. We’re looking for people like you who can join us in this wonderful journey to help improve the health and lives of our neighbors living with a disability.


Who we are today and what we do

The Therapeutic Riding Institute, Inc. (TRI), of Southwest Ohio:

  • 45-year old Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) program
  • Provides horseback riding lessons for the special needs population, veterans and youth at risk in order to enrich lives by enhancing the social, verbal, mental and physical abilities of these individuals.
  • A non-profit, 501-c(3) registered with the IRS and the State of Ohio. (31-084-0947)
  • Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Premier Accredited Program.
  • Supplements the real cost of the student classes by deriving income from:
    • Student Fees
    • Annual Fundraising Events
    • Non-Federal Grants
    • Individual and Corporate Donations

PATH Intl. Accreditation



PrintThe Therapeutic Riding Institute, Inc. is a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center.  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 Certified

Our six riding instructors are all certified through PATH International and maintain a high level of professional standards.

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 here.

TRI Newsletter

TRI sends out a quarterly newsletter called Stable Talk. To view all Stable Talks click here.

If you would like to join our mailing list for our E-Newsletter, please contact Sam at SLape@TRIOhio.org.


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