Each year (with exception to 2020 and 2021), members of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International meet for professional development, quality CEUs to maintain certifications, and networking with colleagues. The three day event was filled with outstanding education as center members gathered from all over the globe.
Professionals in every aspect of the equine-assisted services industry fulfilled the learning goals of professionals, administrators, program staff and more. Sessions took place at the Marriot and various riding centers in the St. Louis area from October 28-30th. Ride On St. Louis staff discovered new services and products, connected with like-minded professionals, and most importantly, acquired new skills and the CEUs required to remain at the forefront of equine-assisted services.
The conference coincided with the Trail to Zero initiative. Trail to Zero brings the overwhelming statistic that 20 veterans die by suicide every day to the forefront of Americans’ minds, while also educating the public about equine-assisted services and the benefits these services can provide as an approach to healing.
This past month more than a dozen veterans rode 20 miles through the beautiful St. Louis. Starting at Principia in Town & Country, they made stops at Tilles Park, the VFW Post 3500, St. Louis Mounted Police Barn, St. Louis University, and Forest Park before finishing their ride at Kiener Plaza. The program's greatest hope is that it may reach at least one veteran who is currently faced with suicidal ideologies and to let them know that they are not alone, their community cares, and equine-assisted services are here to help.
Join BraveHearts on its mission to spread awareness of the healing power of horses, as veterans continue to ride until 20 becomes ZERO. For more about Ride On St. Louis's Equine Services for Heroes program, click here.