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Magic. Joy. Strength. Focus. Independence. Potential. Life Skills. The gift of self-discovery. The gift of play. The gift of belonging. The gift of hope. The gift of freedom. The gift of peace knowing that your loved one is in the most caring of hands. These are just some of the gifts that children and adults with challenges, and their families, receive at the North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center. Our horses give the most important gift of all – the opportunity for transformation. A “disabled child” who walks into the arena becomes a child who can steer an 800 lb pony. A “woman with autism” becomes a horsewoman who connects with her horse, Gracie, in a way she cannot yet with people. Through the eyes of a horse, all children and adults are viewed for their intrinsic worth and true abilities. Our therapy horses intuit the needs of riders, helping them to define who they are, free of any judgment, worry, and external expectation. Horses give the simple and life-changing gifts of acceptance and love, teaching participants to trust in themselves and others. This work is made possible by a dynamic force of people, generously giving of their time, talent, and treasure to champion our mission: the empowerment of children and adults with physical, intellectual, social and emotional challenges to lead happier, healthier and more independent lives with the help of horses. Through our programs, first words are spoken. New steps are taken. Dreams that once seemed impossible are given life.

Here, magic happens…

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Investment to recruit, train and equip one volunteer

Charlotte Before beginning work with physical therapist Mary Beth Osborne, Charlotte was unable to take steps on her own and she did not know how to hold a walker to help her move. However, in hippotherapy classes, Charlotte was encouraged to challenge these limitations, with the aid of her gentle four-legged partner, Daisy. A horse’s multi-dimensional movement is the key to hippotherapy. By moving forward, back, side-to-side, and rotating, the horse engages the human pelvis to mimic normal walking. This method of physical therapy changed Charlotte’s life. Today, Charlotte’s trunk muscles are strong. She stands up straight. She holds tight to her walker, moving forward 50 feet with little assistance. With the help of a pony, this young girl has learned to walk… and has redefined herself.


Covers the true cost of one class for a rider

Lisa Kaylie, Simon’s mom

Simon and his horse share a natural bond. Once unhappy and fatigued by traditional therapies, Simon now lights up the ring during therapeutic riding. He is learning to ride independently in a group class, showing a courageous and determined spirit. Simon’s horse aides his development of new social skills and navigates his connection to others. “Walk on,” says Simon, as he cues his horse to move forward, hoping the horse will never stop. You also can find Lisa Kaylie, Simon’s mom, watching with pride every time Simon circles the ring with a wide smile. Here, a family can find peace, knowing that their loved one is nurtured and supported.


Provides a therapeutic riding scholarship for one client




For Aaron, apraxia presents difficulties not only with physical coordination and control of fine motor skills, but also with the processing and execution of spoken language. Despite his difficulty in articulating his thoughts and feelings, it is clear that Aaron feels at home when he is riding. While on his horse, Aaron is always smiling. In fact, therapeutic riding offers Aaron the opportunity to strengthen core muscles, work on issues of balance and fine motor skills, and meet the challenge of executing a sequence of commands – all of which are made difficult by apraxia. Although Aaron struggles with this condition, riding allows him to find his true voice.

Pays for seasonal vaccines for all therapy horses and ponies


Riding a horse makes me feel incredibly proud. I don’t have to worry if I don’t speak well, a horse doesn’t talk at all! When I’m riding, I am accepted for who I am rather than how well I speak.

Sponsors a therapy horse or pony for a year



Simon is happy. He is learning and surrounded by a team of other families, volunteers and staff who really care about him. As a parent raising a son with autism, the benefits of coming to the farm cannot be diminished. The North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center is much-needed therapy for caregivers, too.



Aaron, in his own words

Join us. Your support has the power to change someone’s life. On this farm, children, teens and adults who face physical, intellectual, emotional and social difficulties receive a leg up. Spirits are lifted. Bodies and minds are made stronger. For over 35 years, we have helped people harness the magic of horses to reach their fullest potential. We plan to serve an even broader community in need with future programming that includes veterans, children surviving cancer, and disadvantaged youth, so that they can learn to find greater strength and confidence, like so many of our current participants. Please join us by supporting current and future programs for those in need. Your financial support has the power to change lives.

70% of the cost of each ride is paid for by contributions, like yours.

Please give today.


Pays for hay for all of the horses for a year


At $22 per day, the investment feeds our therapy horses and ponies for 365 days

The NC Therapeutic Riding Center empowers children and adults with physical, emotional, mental and social challenges to create active, healthier and more fulfilling lives through equine-assisted activities and therapies.

A 501c3 nonprofit, located on a 28 acre farm in western Orange County near Mebane. A Premier Accredited Center by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. 4705 Nicks Road Mebane, North Carolina 27302 919.304.1009 Give securely online at Federal Tax ID #56-1381694. All gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law. Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919.807.2214. The license is not an endorsement by the state.

Empowering lives.

With horses and you.

NCTRC 2013 Mailer  
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