Hi, I'm Meredith, the woman behind the Centauride: Riding for Domestic Violence Awareness. Thanks for visiting my page! If you are interested in what Apollo and I are doing, you'll definitely want to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter (just fill out the quick form on the right).
But what exactly are we doing, you're no doubt wondering? Nothing short of epic. I am traveling alone with my horse Apollo for four years, 10,000 miles, to 48 states.
And why would anyone be crazy enough to do that? Well, apart from the complete awesomeness of the adventure, it is to raise awareness about domestic violence. This "silent epidemic" is extremely prevalent in our society. Although it is not often talked about, it is estimated that 1 in 3 women will be domestic violence victims at some point in their lives (usually beginning between the ages of 19 and 34, and sometimes lasting a lifetime).
I am riding to domestic violence centers, women’s shelters, schools and community centers to bring awareness about the realities of this issue and to provide hope to women dealing with the effects of DV in their own lives.
We began our journey on January 1, 2017 and hope to complete the ride in late 2020. Click here to see the planned route and schedule!
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A little about us.
I've been riding horses for over 20 years, and have a B.S. in Equine Science from Colorado State University. Apollo is the first horse I've owned. I was raised as a city girl, moved to the country as soon as I could, and love dirt roads, seeing the stars at night, deer in the yard but not in the garden, and bugs (most of them, anyway). I also like to write about food, gardening, essential oils, and the California missions (I've written two travel guides for these)
I escaped an abusive relationship in 2013, and what I had missed most during my marriage was horses and travel. Thus came about the wonderful, crazy idea to buy a horse and ride it around the country. And since I feel so grateful for this opportunity, and so saddened at the thought that anyone else is going through what I did, I felt it was right to use the ride to help everyone I could meet along the way.
I met Apollo in 2014, and it was love at first sight. He is a spunky Peruvian Paso-Mustang palomino gelding who loves people. He enjoys seeing new places, meeting new friends of all species, and is a wonderful travel partner.
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