About

History

Ride On St. Louis (ROSL) is an Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) center serving disabled children, adults and the at-risk youth of the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. ROSL uses the unique movement of the horse and emotional bond created between horse and rider to gain physical, mental, emotional and spiritual improvements in the lives of those we serve. In 1998 with just two horses and eight riders, ROSL sprouted from the program director’s backyard and became the first EAAT program to operate in the South County area of St. Louis, Missouri. The initial staff consisted of the director, who is a member and certified therapeutic riding instructor through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Riding (PATH) International, an occupational therapy assistant and several helpers who ran the facility entirely on a volunteer basis for four years. In 2002, the Anheuser Permanent Fund invited the center to move to its current location on the Anheuser Estate in Kimmswick, Missouri. In addition, the Anheuser Permanent Fund constructed the Buttercup indoor riding arena, named in honor of the Anheuser’s World Champion Saddlebred. ROSL holds deep appreciation and admiration to the niece of Mr. & Mrs. Anheuser, Ms. Dorothy Hatfield, who was instrumental in granting the use of this facility to ROSL and the surrounding community.

Mission

ROSL’s mission is to use hippotherapy (therapy with the aid of a horse) and/or adaptive riding to achieve emotional, mental and physical benefits for the developmentally and physically disabled, as well as the disadvantaged youth of the community.

Values

ROSL was founded to serve all for the greater glory, honor, and love of God. We value the use of prayer and recognize our dependence on God. The center promotes volunteerism, the willing spirit of service, the offering of good works and the duty of caring and the giving of love with an openness of heart to receive and know God’s Peace and Joy in return.

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  1. Hello, my name is Melissa. I have an 8 year old daughter named McKayla. She has right sided hemiplegia, Cerebral Palsy, along with multiple disabilities that have affected her learning due to a stroke McKayla survived inutero. I was wonder how do I go about getting on a waiting list for services? Or where do I start in order for McKayla to become a client of yours? I have heard so many great things that riding therapy has done for other people. I think this may be the place for my girl. Thank you in advance for any information provided.
    Melissa Bizzle
    mabizzle21@yahoo.com
    3143982479

    • Hi Melissa, thanks so much checking us out! To reserve a place on our waiting list, it’s best to call our office at 636-464-3408. Myself or one of our staff will fill out a waiting list form with you over the phone. We will also be happy to answer any other questions you may have about our programs, sessions, projected wait time etc. We look forward to hearing from you!

  2. My name is Marissa and I’m with an Americorps NCCC group working in the St. Louis Area. We are a very motivated group of 18-24 year olds who commit 10 months to community service while building team and leadership skills. We are currently working with St Louis County Parks but would love the opportunity to work with other organizations in the area, particularly those with children.

    I’m wondering if ROSL still has volunteer opportunities in the next coming weeks? We are here until December 15th. Let me know if you could use volunteers, for anything whether it be working in the barn, with children, or elsewhere!

    I look forward to hearing from you,
    Marissa
    Americorps NCCC
    mstanger10@gmail.com

    • Hi Marissa, Thank you for contacting us. Our volunteer coordinator is Patrick Richard. I have forwarded you information to him but feel free to either call at 636-464-3408 or email patrick@rideonstl.org Thank you again for your interest in ROSL and for your service to the community.