History of Breaking Free Therapeutic Riding Center
Breaking Free Therapeutic Riding Center began as a calling by God for Linda Lake in 2005. With her husband Bryan at her side, she began to follow what the Lord was laying out. The Lakes began to have a deep desire to serve children with disabilities in a unique and lasting way. Using their own farm and a few of their own horses as the starting point, they were inspired to begin a non-profit (501c3) organization and begin the relationship with PATH International that would serve the larger community.
While working full time in the public schools, Linda began to share her vision for the organization, building a strong base of volunteers and community supporters. Three years later, the Board of Trustees was created and several dedicated volunteers recruited. Breaking Free was granted 501(c)3 status on January 24, 2008. In just a few short years, the Center has grown exponentially. The original base of five volunteers has grown to over 60.
From its inception, Breaking Free has looked to PATH International (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International), and in following their strict standards received their Premier Accredited Center Member certification in 2013. Breaking Free currently offers two types of activities for children with disabilities in Muskingum–Guernsey and surrounding counties: a day-camp/group outing program and our formal riding-for-the-handicapped program for children ages 3 –25 years. Recently added has been our riding lessons and Veteran's Horses for Heroes.