Our Team of Professionals
Our Instructors are certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship and participate in continuing education classes regularly.
Our Instructors Give Countless hours of there devoted time and effort into this program to make it a sucessful Great Program We cant thank them enough for all they do!
Cheryl Corrigan - Executive Director
Ashley Loucks - Lead Instructor
Ashley has been riding, training and competing horses for 13 years. Primarily focusing in 3-Day Eventing Ashley has competed up to the Intermediate level in Eventing, nationally and internationally. She is a recent PATH Certified Instructor, and has been teaching for several years. She is also a member of Pony Club and has her B Certification. Ashley originally started with Rainier Therapeutic Riding through her internship with Saint Martin’s University in receiving her Bachelor Degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. Ashley really enjoys teaching the in’s and out’s of horsemanship and riding skills and looks forward to helping veterans through their adversity.
Michael Buccieri - Herd Manager
My name is Michael Buccieri. I am a military vet that began my journey enlisting in the Army in 2004, as a MP (military police).
In 2011, I was wounded in Afghanistan. My injuries caused majority of my goals and ambitions to be put on hold both mentally and physically. After several surgeries and fighting through the pain, I began riding in a hippo-therapy program and at Rainier Therapeutic Riding as rehabilitation for my injuries. After experiencing the transformation of my physical and mental illnesses and successes that this program had to offer, it encouraged me to become a volunteer.
Working at Rainier Therapeutic Riding I have worked with many riders who come from different places with different stories and backgrounds. One rider that had made a lasting impression on me had said, “I’m so glad to see a Vet doing this because if we as Vets aren’t going to take care of each other how can we expect people that don’t have a clue what we are going through to do it.”
In 2014, I medically retired from the Army and realized that the only thing that I wanted to do was to help my fellow military brothers and sisters with their recovery process. I then became an instructor for our hippo-therapy program and an instructor in training for other programs at RTR. I am currently working on finishing my PATH International Certification and I am the designated Horse Team Captain for one of our mares in the program, Dancer. Furthermore, my volunteer services extend past the RTR barn. I also help at another Veteran organization called Send-A-Vet, where combat wounded veterans are taken on a guided hunting and fishing trip to facilitate healing.
My goal is to complete my certification and continue my education in working with horses, aiding riders and their families as well as facilitating life lessons.
Rainier Therapeutic Riding is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
We serve active-duty and veteran service members with visible or invisible wounds.
All services are provided at no cost to the participants. We rely 100% on donations from our community.