The Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center is a nonprofit organization committed to delivering the highest quality therapeutic riding and specialized therapy to individuals with special needs. We provide equine-assisted activities to those facing physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities
Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center is an extension of Mark Reyner Stables which has been a landmark organization in Colorado Springs, Colorado since 1954. The stables have contributed to the community of Colorado Springs by providing riding lessons and teaching children and adults the daily activities of horsemanship, boarding horses, and supporting local rodeos and the Pikes Peak Range Riders.
CSTRC opened its doors in 2008 to those children who face physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities. These children face challenges from mild autism, and profound cerebral palsy to fatal rare diseases. In 2008 we started with three children and now, in 2020, we are assisting 175 special needs riders weekly through our equine-assisted programs..
"Raising a child with special needs is a challenge in itself. Sadly it is extremely emotional and financially it is a hardship for life. Our son Harrison is 100% dependent on all who care for him. He is 12 years old, has limited to no fine motor skills, non-verbal, and has been in diapers since birth. He is diagnosed with Arnold Chiari, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, global developmental delays, food allergies, and asthma. Having a disabled child who shows such a desire to heal from horses we are forever thankful for grants & scholarships that help support our son and all who unfortunately have to live with the on-going care of special needs children/adults. As a parent of a special needs child I have witnessed not only my son but other disabled individuals work so hard to heal themselves. The horses bring pure joy to everyone involved in healing our special children. We are fortunate to have CSTRC provide such a wonderful experience towards a path of healing. The gracious support of donors and volunteers is a key element to ensure the continuing success of Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding program. From the bottom of our hearts we are forever thankful to all."
Jane & Tim (Harrison's parents)
CSTRC has made a huge difference in our son's life. Learning to ride a horse has improved his confidence, coordination and strength. The saying that "there's something about the outside of a horse that's good for the inside of a boy" is absolutely true. We're very grateful for CSTRC!
James (Ross's Father)