Glenn and Nancy Grette created Alatheia Riding Center in February of 2011, and offered their first therapeutic rides in June of that year. The inspiration for the riding center came much earlier in the summer of 2010 when a friend asked us to provide a 5th birthday ride for their daughter with special needs.
The Grettes will never forget what happened when that little girl got on to ride. She was transformed by the empowerment and joy of moving on a horse rather than being carried by someone or using her walker to get around. We also noticed an incredible connection between our horse, Frid, and this little girl. Something very special was happening and we wanted more. That paired with a desire to live out their Christian faith in a real, tangible way led to further research and discovery.
Nancy began volunteering for a similar facility in Ellensburg and was deeply moved by what she experienced there. Next came a decision to pursue non-profit, 501(c)3, status with the IRS, certification as a therapeutic riding instructor and gain Member Center status for Alatheia with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH International) and a training internship at a large center in western Washington. Glenn’s expertise as a business man, ranch hand, and arena and facility designer has helped guide and direct the organization as well.
Alatheia has grown consistently each year of operation. Since starting the first year with 12 riders, Alatheia now serves 95 riders weekly with five instructors, a stable hand and an active volunteer base of more than 100 individuals.