Brenda Gilliam's love-affair with horses began at the tender age of five years old. Her grandfather would hoist her onto the horses and together they would ride the farm for hours.

After careers in the business world and as a special education teacher, Brenda realized her dream of providing horse therapy program services in 2012 when she established Spirit Strides Therapeutic Riding.

Brenda became a PATH International certified professional and began lessons in 2015. Over the next two years Spirit Strides partnered with Disability Resource Association and Next Step for Life. Her lessons are designed for the goals and needs of each individual client, often with input from the parents, therapists, health care providers, and educators.

As a 501 3 (c) nonprofit organization, Spirit Strides foster the concepts of therapeutic horseback riding for people with disabilities.

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Equine assisted therapy is based on creating a true partnership between horse and human based on love, trust and respect. 

Our Mission

To provide a safe environment for both rider and horse while they develop a relationship of mutual respect and care. Based on this, our riders lives improve physically, emotionally and spiritually.

We will continue to increase our knowledge through certification, training and our alliance with PATH International.


Our Vision

Spirit Strides will continue to be a well-respected regional provider of equine-assisted activities and therapies.

We will provide Jefferson County residents comprehensive riding programs to help clients realize their potential.

We will model best practices and expand services to include adults and children with a variety of special needs.


We Appreciate Your Support!


Email: spiritstrides@gmail.com

Phone: 636-524-5656

Registered Charity: 2985877985


Mon    8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Tues    8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Wed    8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Thurs  8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Fri       No Classes

Sat      By Appointment

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Our mission is to change lives with therapeutic horse riding in a safe, caring, Christian setting.