Therapeutic Horseback Riding
(For people over age 55)
Spring Session begins March 21
Rider Scholarship Information and Application available in the Forms section
Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center
176 Chimney Ridge
Burnsville, NC 28714
Miika Rolett (828) 675-5814(828) 675-5814 (Office)
(828) 675-5630(828) 675-5630 (Barn)
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Mission Statement: The Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center provides therapeutic horseback riding for persons with physical, cognitive, and/or emotional disabilities in a safe, structured environment.
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ATRC is located on fifteen acres of land in the beautiful South Toe River Valley just outside of Burnsville, North Carolina.
The program was founded in 1986 as a pilot program with a grant from Blue Ridge Mental Health and was incorporated as a non-profit, 501-3C in 1987. It is currently funded by grants, donations, fees, and Mitchell County United Way.
In 2006, ATRC became a premier accredited operating center by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International or PATH, the highest certification available for this type of program.
Instructors: ATRC has two instructors fully certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International. In addition, physical, occupational, and speech therapists are often involved, either hands on in the program or as consultants.