When I began planning the Ride for DV Awareness over two years ago, I simply called it my long ride, my DV ride, or most aptly "that crazy, wonderful idea."
But a ride of such epic proportions needed an equally epic name.
The Centauride is a combination of two words: Centaur, symbolically the ultimate connection between horse and rider, and Ride, for the longride that this horse-rider duo will be doing.
Also, a Centauride in mythology is a female centaur.
In the logo, the domestic violence awareness issue is also represented by the color purple, and the circle surrounding the centauride represents the "circle of violence" which characterizes every DV relationship.
In Tantric Buddhism, a bow and arrow symbolize the concentration and mindfulness to overcome suffering and achieve liberation. The Buddha's teachings are what ultimately gave me the mental strength to escape my own abusive relationship, and the centauride's bow and arrow symbolize my goal to help others achieve their own liberation from DV.