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Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy Earns Distinction as a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center

Updated: Jan 23, 2023

Collierville, TN – Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy is honored to announce that the organization has achieved the highest industry standard as a Premier Accredited Center by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.). PATH Intl. premier accreditation assists the public in selecting quality centers that deliver safe equestrian services and certifies that a member organization has achieved industry standards for equine-assisted services for individuals with special needs.

The accreditation process is a peer review system where trained PATH Intl. volunteers visit and review centers in accordance with PATH Intl. standards related to facility safety, center administration, equine welfare, and more to provide best practices for promoting safety and optimal outcomes for program participants. Southern Reins was recognized as exceptional during the review process and site visit, receiving a score of 100% in all PATH Intl. standards categories.

Southern Reins is the only Premier Accredited Center in the greater Memphis area and is one of only three in the state of Tennessee, joining the top tier of centers across the country who have received premier accredited status. Founded in 2015, Southern Reins has provided equine-assisted services to more than 650 children and adults with disabilities and hardship throughout the Mid-South.

“Since our inception Southern Reins has remained steadfast in our commitment to provide excellence in the services we provide using the healing power of horses to help our community,” says Jill Haag, Southern Reins’ Executive Director. “This incredible distinction is a testament to the exceptional quality provided by our dedicated instructors and staff, the leadership and unwavering support of our Board of Directors, and the compassion and encouragement provided by our volunteers and supporters.”

PATH Intl. was founded in 1969 to lead the advancement of professional equine-assisted services through rigorously developed standards, credentialing and education. PATH Intl. has 813 member centers and nearly 7,000 individual members in countries all over the world who help and support more than 53,300 men, women, and children, including nearly 6,000 veterans, with special needs each year through a variety of equine-assisted services.

About Southern Reins Center for Equine Therapy - Southern Reins was founded in 2015 to provide equine-assisted services to help individuals with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities and hardship. We serve children and adults with disabilities such as Down syndrome, autism, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, amputation, cognitive and physical disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and more. This unique program provides one-of-a-kind experiences where participants throughout the Mid-South become more confident, communicative, physically capable and emotionally re-connected. Southern Reins is a nonprofit organization, EIN 47-4647784, and a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center. To learn more, visit or call 901-290-1011.

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