Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center
Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center 

Drive Through BBQ NOT at the  Barn*

Saturday, October 24



First come, first serve. No reservation required.

*All meals will be takeout and can be picked up in the parking lot of

Micaville Presbyterian Church

For additional information call 828-284-2617 Please come and support this fundraiser for the 
Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center



To all ATRC riders, volunteers and friends,

We are all facing a time of uncertainty and big changes in our daily lives. I am so sorry that we cannot safely conduct classes right now. I will keep everyone posted as things change. We are following guidelines for social distancing and protecting those most vulnerable in our community. After all, our mission is to help those who are vulnerable for various reasons. My priority is to keep us all safe, the horses healthy and the facility in good repair. I hope to use this time to make some updates on the facility among other things.It is going to take all of us coming together to get through this. The loss of income will be hard for everyone, including ATRC. Horses don't stop eating just because they aren't working.Take care of each other and our community.Miika Rolett

Executive Director



ATRC is a premier accredited center with PATH International.



Programs/ Forms

Forms are due 2 weeks before session. Note:  scholarship form is due 4 weeks before session.

Upcoming Events

Spring Session

Preschool Class

Summer Camp in June

Summer Camp in August-with a PT







From a program director:

I could tell immediately when he had been with the horses. He was calmer and more centered. This has made a huge difference in his life and he is much happier.


From the director of a cooperating non-profit:

Shortbus needs safe work opportunities for artists. ATRC gets a grant for vocational training/workers. ATRC hires Shortbus artists. They learn skills while doing a great job. Shortbus is happy. ATRC is happy. The artists are happy. The horses are happy. Everyone wins.  (Click to see Shortbus participants in action.)


From a parent:

Our son LOVES riding and the horses really calm him down. When our son is having a panic attack we try to bring him back by talking about the horses. Omar is a saving grace! When our son is lost in anxiety, us talking about details about Omar, has helped our son to slow his breathing and come back in his body.     


Contact Us Today!


Mailing address:

176 Chimney Ridge
Burnsville, NC 28714


Physical address:

299 Riding Center Road

Executive Director phone:



Barn phone:






ATRC - Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center