Big Mac, 2011 PATH Int'l Equine of the Year
Exceptional Equestrians of the Missouri Valley, Inc is excited to be in its 26th year of operation.
Exceptional Equestrians of the Meramec Valley, inc. was formed in March of 1991 by Charla Shurtleff, COTA, to respond to a local need for affordable equine therapy and recreation for people of all ages. In 1993, Exceptional Equestrians became a satellite program of Therapeutic Horsemanship in St. Charles, MO. We moved to our present location in Washington, MO in 1994. By July of 1995, Exceptional Equestrians of the Meramec Valley, Inc. had grown to become an independent 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization.
Growth and Distinction
In 2006, EEMV changed its name from Exceptional Equestrians of the Meramec Valley, Inc. to Exceptional Equestrians of the Missouri Valley, Inc. in order to more easily communicate with riders from a large service area. Exceptional Equestrians has been accredited with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Int'l (PATH Int'l) since 1994. In 2002, PATH Int'l developed a new rating, Premier Accredited Center, to recognize those programs which had received distinction in the realm of equine-assisted activities. EEMV was one of the original programs to be awarded Premier Accredited status and has retained that status ever since. In 2017, EEMV renewed its accreditation with PATH Int'l, cementing its position as a Premier Accredited Center for 2017-2022.
Exceptional Equestrians is an international award-winning program. Here are some of our past & present recognitions:
2006: Participant, Michael Grattendick- PATH Int'l Youth Rider of the Year.
Volunteer Millie Meyer-Region 7 Volunteer of the Year
2007: Participant Susan Bangert-PATH Int'l Adult Rider of the Year.
Heidi-Hoe-PATH Int'l Region 7 Equine of the Year
2011: Big Mac-PATH Int'l Region 7 Equine of the Year.
2013: Zaar-PATH Int'l Region 7 Equine of the Year
Head Instructor, Jamie James-Washington Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Young Professional of the Year.
2014: Volunteer Lynne Curtis- Region 7 Volunteer of the Year
Isaiah- Region 7 Equine of the Year
President Bill Schuck- Developmental Services of Franklin County Outstanding Community Leader
2016: Program Manager, Jamie Stevener- Region 7 Accredited Professional of the Year
Veterinarian Patty Homeyer- Region 7 Veterinarian of the Year