To promote the well-being of persons with disabilities through the provisions
of horseback riding and other related activities within a safe and enjoyable
atmosphere designed by professionals and implemented primarily by volunteers.
CIRT began in 1983 with money from a 4-H grant, borrowed horses and six riders.
Today CIRT is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization with ten horses and serves ninety plus
riders per week.
CIRT is recognized by Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl) formally known as North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) as a “premier center” – the highest possible level of accreditation, demonstrating a superior level of adherence to national industry standards.
Who We Serve
Approximately ninety students per year ride at CIRT, ranging in age from three to
adult, with a variety of physical, emotional, and mental disabilities including:
Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, visual and hearing impairments, learning
disabilities, head trauma, strokes, PTSD, and others.
CIRT’s staff includes an Program Director, a VolunteerCoordinator, an Equine Coordinator, and five PATH Intl. certified instructors.
CIRT provides lessons four days a week, Monday thru Friday, April thru December.
Benefits of Therapeutic Riding
· Increased balance, strength and flexibility
· Increased ability to process information
· Independence and self-confidence
· Improved language and communication skills
· For movement impaired disabilities, horseback riding mimics the human
motion of walking in a way unreplicated by any equipment
· Increased quality of life—it’s FUN!!
No referral is needed. However, some students are referred by private physicians,
therapists, or teachers. Others find us by word of mouth.
Our annual budget is $145,000. Less than ¼ of our income comes from lesson
fees; the rest is raised through private donations, grants, and fundraising.
Click here to see our Annual Report.
Approximately 100 volunteers assist with lessons, facility maintenance,
fundraising, and special events. Members of the CIRT Board of Directors
are volunteers as well.
High School volunteers are able to fulfill mandatory community service
requirements at CIRT.