Open House @ TRI

To kick off the 2013 Program, please join us for our Open House from 2 – 5PM as we welcome friends and show off our new home. A special ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 2 pm.  Fundraiser @ Bob Evans (Springboro)  Present this flyer and 15% of your purchase will be donated to TRI. Invite your friends, family and co-workers. 10am – 6pm. A great spot to eat before or after the Open House.



A Message from our Executive Director

As we celebrate our 40th year, it is nice to pause and give thanks to all who have volunteered with the TRI organization. From the backyard beginnings in 1973 to today, at FineLine Stables, we have been blessed with dedicated volunteers. Volunteers have worked diligently in all aspects of the program. Whether it has been preparing horses for class, running beside a horse to protect a rider, sitting in Board of Directors meetings giving guidance, or recently, participating in work days as we prepare for Spring Session in a new home; all have helped create the TRI legacy. We thank you.   I would especially like to say thank you to Linda Lightcap, Jeanette Dehus, and Chris Koogler who have given of their time and talents as members of the TRI Board. They have served on the TRI Board for at least the past decade. Their dedication is a testament to this organization. As of April 1 they will change roles. Instead of offering guidance from the board room, they will help to lead others as they take on strong roles within TRI committees. They will continue to serve TRI through committee work in the areas of programming, development/fundraising, finance and governance. If you have an interest in working beside these dedicated women on a committee, please contact me at 937.478.1288 or email    Thank you to Linda, Jeanette, Chris and all of our TRI volunteers.

Marleen Milkis,
Executive Director



40 Years Later, TRI Continues to Serve

As TRI begins our 40th year, I reflect on the reasons why TRI has been successful at providing horseback riding lessons and therapies throughout the past 4 decades. This is a huge accomplishment thanks to the vision, inspiration, and dedication of Betty Lou Townley. In 1981, I joined the TRI team and taught classes in her backyard. Betty Lou then passed her dream to me.

From those humble beginnings to now, the concept of TEAMWORK has not changed. It excites me to know that so many more people have been added to the TRI team and are dedicated to carry on Betty Lou’s vision.

Our 2012 pilot program for veterans – Horses Assisting Heroes was very successful, and we plan on growing that program this year by working with the Dayton VA as well as the national organization – Wounded Warriors.

It is also exciting that TRI will have an exclusive arena and therefore be able to provide more classes for more students at more convenient times. This spring we will will still provide 2 – 3 classes per night on Mondays – Thursdays as well classes on Saturday mornings, but eventually we will be slowly adding day classes and afternoon classes. We also now have more certified instructors than ever before. Our goal is to serve more riders and to serve in a better way. Stay tuned to watch us GROW!

Cindy Redolfi,
Program Director



TRI Welcomes  Christine Pirot

TRI is pleased to announce the hiring of a Development Associate, Christine Pirot. Fundraising is vital as we grow our program to serve more people, and we are thrilled to have Christine Pirot as part of our team.

Some of you may know her as a PATH Instructor in Training. While she will complete her instructor certification in early April, she has professional business talents as well. A 2003 graduate of Penn State and a 2007 graduate of Ohio University, she has focused her expertise in non-profit development.

Please reach out to Christine if you’re interested in serving on the Development Committee.     2013 is an exciting year with several new fundraising events planned.   With your help, TRI’s 40th will be the best year yet!