Welcome to The REATH Center

How we got started

The Story of The REATH Center The REATH Center began in 2006.  It was started because our daughter, Sabrina Reath Garrison, was born with a grade four hydrocephalus in 1999.  This basically means she had a stroke.  She has a mild case of cerebral palsy and her left side is affected.  Sabrina had been in a program called First Steps until she turned three years old.  At this time, she exited out of the program due to her age. When she was a little over three years old, Sammy found a magazine that had an article in it about therapeutic riding.  Therapeutic riding is where people ride horses for therapy.  We had heard of this before, but had never seen it.  The center was located in Shelbyville KY.  We decided to drive to the center and check it out.  Shelbyville was about 92 miles from us.  We decided after visiting the center, to take Sabrina there for therapy because we didn’t have any therapy like this in our area.  We went there on Saturdays for two years, weather permitting. After Sabrina had been riding there for two years, Sammy and I decided to begin the journey of starting a therapeutic riding center in Campbellsville, KY.  It took us 1 ½ years to complete the process of writing a business plan, getting our 501C3, and for me to get my instructor certification through PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship).  PATH is an international organization for riding instructors. We began therapeutic riding in 2007 by leasing five acres of land.  After one year in operation we had built a barn and had an area for outdoor riding.  We started with four riders, one horse, and eight volunteers.  We rode for eleven weeks the first year. We have been riding every year since 2007. Every year has been very successful.  We have riders that come from all around our area.  One rider travels about 45 miles to get to our center.  We have had riders that have developed social skills, improved balance, overcome sensory issues, began walking, and increased range of movement.  This year we had eight riders.  There is such a great need for this type of therapy in our area.  There are a very limited numbers of PATH certified centers in KY.  The closest center to us is about 75 miles away. The REATH Center could expand our services to more riders in our area if we had an indoor riding arena.  An indoor riding arena would prolong our riding season that is limited by cold weather and would enable us to ride anytime it rains.

10 Year Anniversary

In 2017, The REATH Center hosted its 1st Fall Festival. In addition, the center has kicked off a fundraiser drive to help fund an indoor arena. This arena will allow us to start earlier in the spring, ride longer in the fall, and ride on rainy days when the weather prohibits outdoor riding!

Help us reach our goal!

We would love for you to come along with us as we trave this journey for an indoror riding arena! 

All donations are tax tdeductible. 

Benefits of therapeutic riding

Who can benefit from therapetuic riding?

 Riders range from age 3 to adult.  Every rider must have a doctor's release before riding.  Therapeutic riding is useful for addressing issues that stem from a wide variety of disabilities and medical conditions.  These include, but not limited to:   Amputation,  Multiple Sclerosis,  Attention deficit disorder,  Muscular dystrophy, Autism,  Paralysis, Cerebral  Palsy,   Scoliosis,  Closed Head Injury,     Spina Bifida,  Development delay, Stroke  Down's syndrome, Traumatic brain injury,  Emotional Disorders,  Vision impairment,,  Hearing impairment    Physical, mental, emotional, social, and  Mental disability, and  language development       

Please contact us for more information

Contact: Sammy or Marchetta Garrison  Operations managers at   (270) 789-8655  or   (270) 789-8654 

 email us at info@thereathcenter.com 


We would love to hear from you!

2018 Board Members

Sammy Garrison, Operations Manager    

Marchetta Garrison, Instructor   

John Jessie   

Jenny Newton   

Christina Coe   

Jeff Sprowles

Why therapeutic riding?

There are many similarities between human and horse:

110-120 steps per minute  4 to 5 degrees of pelvic rotation from front to back  2 to 3 inch pelvic shifts side to side  2 inches of average displacement in the center of gravity

Boosts Self Image

Riding gives a tremendous boost to self-image, especially for those with learning disabilities which involve visual perception difficulties. "Wow, I can do it!"--a tremendous feeling that they can do something as well if not better than anyone else!  For many, this is the first time in their lives that they've felt this way.

Muscular Improvement

Riding is particularly beneficial for wheelchair students or students with low muscle tone.  These students may have little to no natural means of locomotion.  The action of the horse relaxes and stimulates unused muscles, building muscle tone and improving coordination and balance.

Offers Incentives for Learning

Mentally challenged and Down Syndrome students are able to learn to mount, walk, trot, canter, do all the exercises, dismount, "run up the irons," and put the horse away.  For many, riding becomes the most important part of their lives, and their interest in horses provides new incentives for learning.  Their vocabulary increases and they develop a desire to read about horses.  Therapeutic treatment using horses benefits people with neurological deprivation and dysfunction.  Research shows enhancement of balance, coordination, spatial orientation, and improved intelligence.

Therapeutic riding can help with different disabilties:

Physical The rhythm of the horse moves the rider's body in a way similar to the human gait.  The stable offers multitude of therapeutic benefits.  Mental Riding can increase the rider's concentration, help them to articulate emotions, and develop a sense of spatial awareness.  Emotional  Riding can be effective in calming emotional outbursts and help to reinforce appropriate behavior.  Social/Language Riding gives countless opportunities for socialization and language activities, helps with the correct posture to use the diaphragm, teaches students how to interact with other riders, and teaches them to become part of a team.

Provides Love and Reassurance

For the emotionally disturbed, the fuzzy, friendly quality of horses serves a marvelous purpose.  The approach, the petting, the grooming- all on a horse who stands immobile- the mounting and walking in absolute safety, surrounded by people who are also warm and friendly, are all so reassuring.

About Us

REATH'S Values

 1.  Provide a safe environment for all involved at The REATH CenterREATH Center  

2.  Respect riders and horses as individuals.

3.  Offer our riders opportunities to expand on individual and personal goals.

4.  Recognize that our volunteers are one of our most important aspects of our center

Exciting News-our 10 year anniversary

In 2017, The REATH Center hosted its 1st Fall Festival. In addition, the center has kicked off a fundraiser drive to help fund an indoor arena. This arena will allow us to start earlier in the spring, ride longer in the fall, and ride on rainy days when the weather prohibits outdoor riding!

Rates & information

Riders can be ages 3 to adult   Each ride cost $35.00 per rider   Riders ride 1X per week for four, six, or eight week session   Each rider must complete a rider packet & have a doctors release before riding.

Our rider- Sam

Mission Statement

The REATH Center's Mission:   The REATH Center envisions meeting clients needs through safe riding experiences and to expand the function of children and adults with special needs by providing them with challenging and educational activities through the use of therapeutic horses.ere.

This was Sam's first ride (June 29, 2017)

Check out Sam's progress!

This was Sam after riding for 4 months.

 The difference is incredible!

Volunteering is fun & rewarding!

Volunteer information

Volunteering at The REATH Center is so much more than just donating your time & service--it requires a willingness to be an active part of a larger community--- a team that is vital to our continued success.  Whatever you experience, talents and energy, your willingness to give yourself and your time is what is needed to support The REATH Center and the people we serve.  Volunteers are the backbone of our program.  Without you our riders simply could NOT ride!!

How to become a volunteer

Volunteers don't have to have horse experience,  but it is helpful to have some horse knowledge.  There is a training that each volunteer must complete each year.  Most volunteers are here 1 1/2 to- 3 hrs per week. To find out when the trainings will be held contact Marchetta @ 270-789-8654.

Volunteer guidelines

 • The minimum age for volunteers to work with riders is 14 yrs. (younger volunteers can be lots of help in the barn)

  • Volunteering involves moderate physical activity. You will be on your feet around 2 hours each time you volunteer. Make sure you are comfortable with the physical role you have selected  

• Volunteers do not need to have previous horse experience, but a level of comfort with horses is helpful  

• Volunteers must be available a minimum of 2 hours per week (same day and time each week)  

• ALL volunteers are required to attend a general 3 hour Volunteer Training Session 

 • ALL Horse Leaders must attend a 2 hour Horse Handling Clinic (This ensures that all volunteers handle our horses in the same way. It also helps horse leaders increase their skills so they can be effective and safe in classes.) 

• New volunteers receive their volunteer schedule after they have completed a Volunteer Training Session.  

• Volunteer are scheduled on interest, experience, and availability  

• The REATH Center reserves the right to make the final determination as to the appropriateness of volunteers for our organization  

• The REATH Center does enforce a dress code to ensure the ability of volunteers to perform in their roles as well as to set examples for The REATH Center riders.

How can you help?

Ways to help

Whatever you give makes a difference!    $35.00...One ride sponsorship $125.00...One week sponsorship for 1 rider for summer camp 

 $210.00...One 6 week sponsorship for 1 rider 

 $280.00...One 8 week sponsorship for 1 rider  

$700.00...One year sponship for 1 rider   $15.00... Horse expense for one lesson  

$1,200...Horse care sponsorship for 1 year  

$100.00...Horse care sponsorship for 1 month  

$50.00...1 safety helmet  $100.00...Program insurance for 1 month  

$500.00...Special horse surcingle for rider stability                                     


All contributions are tax deductible

Our wish list

The REATH Center is in constant need of everyday items.  If you would like to donate any of these items....we would greatly appreciate it!  Any amount of donation is always welcomed!    Feel free to contact us via email at info@thereathcenter.com or call (270)789-8654   

 •Sponsor a rider for $35 (1 ride)              

•Non-laytex Rubber Gloves 

 •Sandwich Bags 

•Old cleans rags or socks   

•Paper towels /Tissues  

 •Hand sanitizer                       

 •Dish soap                     

 •Leather New or Saddle Soap   

•Leather wipes   

•Duct tape 

•Tack cleaning sponges                       

 •Box of copy paper                   

•Postage stamps   

•Scrub brushes with long handles   

•eZall Horse Wash   

•Fly Spray  

 •Muck rakes   

•Orange traffic cones (medium size)   

•Tractor   

•Bushhog   

•Manure Spreader

Volunteer guidelines

 • The minimum age for volunteers to work with riders is 14 yrs. (younger volunteers can be lots of help in the barn)

  • Volunteering involves moderate physical activity. You will be on your feet around 2 hours each time you volunteer. Make sure you are comfortable with the physical role you have selected  

• Volunteers do not need to have previous horse experience, but a level of comfort with horses is helpful  

• Volunteers must be available a minimum of 2 hours per week (same day and time each week)  

• ALL volunteers are required to attend a general 3 hour Volunteer Training Session 

 • ALL Horse Leaders must attend a 2 hour Horse Handling Clinic (This ensures that all volunteers handle our horses in the same way. It also helps horse leaders increase their skills so they can be effective and safe in classes.) 

• New volunteers receive their volunteer schedule after they have completed a Volunteer Training Session.  

• Volunteer are scheduled on interest, experience, and availability  

• The REATH Center reserves the right to make the final determination as to the appropriateness of volunteers for our organization  

• The REATH Center does enforce a dress code to ensure the ability of volunteers to perform in their roles as well as to set examples for The REATH Center riders.

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The REATH Center

55 heritage dr, campbellsville, KY 42718, US

(270) 789-8654

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