Our Program

Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding provides horse back riding lessons and horse related activities to individuals with special needs in Harford County. Therapeutic riding is proven to benefit the emotional and physical well-being of our riders.

Our program focuses on learning riding skills and horse related responsibilities in order to expand upon the physical, mental and emotional rehabilitation of the rider. The gait of the horse provides consistent movement to the rider, relaxing muscles and improving balance. The non-judgmental nature of horses allows the rider to learn to trust and form lasting friendships.

Therapeutic riding improves and provides:

  • self esteem, self confidence and self control
  • balance, strength and posture
  • coordination and range of motion
  • gross and fine motor skills
  • vocabulary and articulation
  • social interactions and independence
  • provides positive role models
  • offers opportunities to experience success
  • a safe, supportive environment to learn

Each therapeutic riding lesson is under the direction of and conducted by a registered therapeutic riding instructor. Unlike most therapies, therapeutic riding is FUN and it produces results!

Board of Directors

Dr. Anna Marie Chwastiak
Honorary member
President/Executive Producer
Dr. Anna Marie Productions

Tim Hopkins
Harry Hopkins Company

Melinda Craig

Lorrie Schenning
Senior Vice President,
Peoples Bank

Scott Gibson
Human Resources Harford County

Cathy Schmidt
Executive Director
Warren Hamilton
Senior Vice President
J. Vinton Schafer
Nancy Spence
Race to the Gate


Lesson Interest Form

Hippotherapy information sheet
interest form