The Centauride: Riding for DV Awareness
The Centauride: Riding for DV Awareness is a four year horseback journey around the US to raise awareness and support for domestic violence victims and survivors. Meredith Cherry and her palomino horse Apollo will travel to 49 capitals and countless Domestic Violence centers, women’s shelters, schools and community centers to bring awareness about this “silent epidemic” and to provide hope to women dealing with the effects of DV in their own lives.
Meredith and Apollo will be travelling on a planned route of approximately 14,000 miles. This will be the 1st ride to all 48 states to be made by a woman… and the 3rd attempt ever (two similar rides were successfully completed in early 1900’s). They are scheduled to begin this epic journey on October 1, 2016 and complete the ride in 2020. Their extensive preparations have been going on for over two years already, including training, fitness, planning, and otherwise working to be prepared for a horseback ride that will take as long as earning a college degree, over a route of 5 times the coast-to-coast distance.
Meredith has been riding horses for 20 years, and has a B.S. in Equine Science from Colorado State University. She is a DV survivor. Her experiences working as a wrangler in the Colorado Rockies and horse trekking in India should help her be prepared for the challenges and conditions she and Apollo will be facing on this journey.
Apollo is a 7 year old Peruvian Paso-Mustang palomino gelding. He is being trained using Parelli Natural Horsemanship techniques. He is excellent at liberty work on the ground, such as following Meredith without a lead rope through obstacle courses in arena. He is extremely clever and has the spirit, stamina and smarts needed to travel this great distance.
One woman. One horse. One goal: 48 states for DV Awareness
“We did a lot of work in the arena with obstacles, tarps, ankle bells, and other challenges before moving out to the trail. Now we’re working on exposing Apollo to as many real-world obstacles as possible, including cars, bicycles, and the like.”