Credentials + Affiliates

Continuing education, proper training and community connections are important to us. We strive to offer the highest level of compassionate services, and as a result, we work hard to obtain the proper credentials in our field; as well as work with like-minded affiliates. Learn about the organizations and communities we are a part of.

PATH Intl.

The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) promotes safety and optimal outcomes in equine-assisted activities and therapies for individuals with special needs; and is a global authority, resource and advocate for equine-assisted activities and therapies and the equines in this work that inspire and enrich the human spirit. Equuvation Inc. is a Member Center of PATH Intl.; and home to two PATH Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors and Equine Specialists in Mental Health and Learning [ESMHL]; as well as one PATH Instructor-in-Training.


Darkness to Light - A Certified Partner in Prevention

A Partner in Prevention is an organization or business that has committed the time and effort to educate themselves on how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. An organization receives the Darkness to Light Partner in Prevention distinction when they have successfully met the annual guidelines established by Darkness to Light.

The Partner in Prevention Commitment Includes: • Making prevention a priority by using Stewards of Children® to train staff and volunteers who interact with youth • Conducting background checks on staff and volunteers who work with youth • Implementing policies that limit opportunities for one adult to be alone with one child at any one time, unless in a screened clinical setting

The Compassionate Equestrian, 2017-2018

Compassion becomes the foundation for all decisions that an equestrian makes with every choice for their horse, for all people involved in the equine community, as well as the global community. Through choosing compassion as the common ground for all decisions, equestrians can become a movement for creating a kinder, happier, healthier, more compassionate world. The Discovery Trail at Rocky Creek and Equuvation approach every situation with both animal and human in an air of compassion, and have taken the Compassionate Pledge. Click here for the Principals of Compassionate Equitation [pdf] or learn more about The Compassionate Equestrian here.


National Wildlife Federation

National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest wildlife conservation and education organization, is pleased to recognize that Rocky Creek Ranch in Statesville, NC has successfully created a Certified Wildlife Habitat® through its Garden for Wildlife program. NWF celebrates the efforts of Rocky Creek Ranch to create a garden space that improves habitat for birds, butterflies, frogs and other wildlife by providing essential elements needed by all wildlife – natural food sources, clean water, cover and places to raise young.



Children & Nature Network

The Children & Nature Network is leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership. After the publication of “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder” in 2005, author Richard Louv and others co-founded the Children & Nature Network, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fuel the worldwide grassroots movement to reconnect children with nature. Equuvation Inc. {The Discovery Trail} is a member of CN&N.


American Youth Horse Council

The vision of the American Youth Horse Council is to be a visible and connecting force in a vibrant and growing youth equine industry. AYHC strives to support the youth equine industry with factual and quality educational materials, and to engage all breeds and disciplines within the industry; and to illustrate the value of the human-horse experience. The Discovery Trail/Equuvation is a member of AYHC, and is dedicated to developing impactful programs for youth.


Equine Medical Safety Association

The Equestrian Medical Safety Association (EMSA) is dedicated to the philosophy, principles and application of safety and accident prevention prevention in horse activities. The Discovery Trail/Equuvation is a member of EMSA, and is dedicated to safe practices around and for horses.


Pollinator Partnership

The Pollinator Partnership is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and the largest in the world dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems. The Pollinator Partnership's mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research. Signature initiatives include the NAPPC (North American Pollinator Protection Campaign), S.H.A.R.E., National Pollinator Week, and the Ecoregional Planting Guides. Rocky Creek Ranch and The Discovery Trail participate in the S.H.A.R.E. Program (Simply Have Areas Reserved for the Environment) and the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.


Monarch Watch

Monarch Watch is a nonprofit education, conservation, and research program that strives to provide the public with information about the biology of monarch butterflies, their spectacular migration, and how to use monarchs to further science education in primary and secondary schools; as well as promotes protection of monarch habitats throughout North America. Rocky Creek Ranch and The Discovery Trail participate in Monarch Watch by providing butterfly-specific habitats, Monarch Waystations and milkweed plantings.


American Heart Association First Aid, CPR and AED

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. AHA provides public health education in a variety of ways, and is the nation’s leader in CPR education training. All members of our staff on The Discovery Trail are First Aid, CPR and AED certified. Three members of our staff are certified in Mental Health First Aid.


Equuvation Inc.

Equuvation Inc. aspires to promote innovation, education, collaboration and professional service delivery in any field of activity leveraging the horse-human connection. All of the Corporation’s activities will be conducted prioritizing equine welfare through the respectful and humane treatment of horses; and all activities will operate under the values of compassion, equality, collaboration, open-mindedness and integrity. The Discovery Trail is a project of Equuvation Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization.