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

Melinda Craig

Office of the County Executive

Tim Hopkins
Harry Hopkins Company

Nancy Donnelly

Community Advocate

Shirley Mills - Treasurer
Parent Advocate

Patricia Donovan

Community Advocate

Pamela Overbay - Vice President

Community Advocate

Mike Euler

Harford Valley Farm

Lorrie Schenning
Peoples Bank
Warren Hamilton
J. Vinton Schafer

Cathy Schmidt - Executive Director

Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding

Meg Holahan
Booz Allen Hamilton

Nancy Spence - President

University Center

Lesson Interest Form
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Hippotherapy information sheet
interest form
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