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.
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.
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.