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  • Writer's pictureNatalee Roeder

Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center is "Nothing Short of Miraculous."

Individuals with disabilities experience many physical, emotional, and cognitive hurdles, along with obstacles to inclusion and a sense of normalcy. Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center (CTRC) strives to respond to this great need by offering a secure and supportive space for individuals with disabilities to enhance their physical, emotional, and cognitive well-being, fostering a sense of belonging and equality.

CTRC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Longmont, Colorado whose mission is to change the lives of people with disabilities by promoting their physical, psychological, and social well-being through equine-assisted activities. CTRC provides Therapeutic Riding and Equine-Assisted Therapy services to children and adults with a wide range of special needs, including cerebral palsy, developmental delays, sensory integration disorder, Autism and Asperger's, Down syndrome, traumatic brain injuries, paraplegia, learning disabilities, multiple sclerosis, stroke, mental health issues, and behavior challenges. Therapeutic Riding and Equine-Assisted Therapy provide multiple benefits including improved physical strength, balance, cognitive function, self-esteem, and mental health.

Founded in 1980, CTRC is the oldest and largest therapeutic riding center in Colorado and among the largest in the nation. CTRC has achieved Premier Accreditation status, the highest level of accreditation possible, from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. Through our programming, CTRC serves over 400 children and adults with disabilities annually; this requires over 1,000 volunteers who give 40,000 hours of volunteer time.

Additionally, CTRC strives to be a place of respite and foster a supportive and welcoming community for our riders, caretakers, and volunteers. Members of all these groups regularly report that their time at CTRC makes any day better.

You can learn more about CTRC at If you would like to support CTRC, you can do so by donating, volunteering, and sharing our mission with others.

All Photos Carol Stock


Thank you Natalee Roeder, Development Operations Coordinator, Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center and Carol Stock, Photographer for providing Equustyle Art & Travel magazine with great content and wonderful photographs.

We hope our readers will take a moment to see more of the wonderful work happening each day at CRTC and support this outstanding nonprofit. A parent of one of the children has described their services as "nothing short of miraculous."


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