Individuals Come to CATRA for Many Reasons
Although CATRA’s primary mission is to offer therapeutic riding to the residents of the Capital Region, the organization also offers many services well beyond its weekly riding program
EQUICENTRE FOR GROWTH & LEARNING
The EquiCentre for Growth & Learning at the Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association (CATRA) in Grantville, PA is an experientially based, equine-assisted program offering a variety of dynamic, interactive, and educational services to individuals, businesses, and organizations in the capital region and beyond.
Many volunteers come to CATRA having little or no experience with horses. Although “on-the-job” training is a great way to become more knowledgeable and helpful as a volunteer, CATRA’s clinics offer an opportunity to gain education and experience in the areas that will benefit you as a volunteer.
HORSE LOVERS WORKSHOP
This 3-day workshop is open to all individuals from 5 – 18 years of age who have an interest in learning more about horses. The annual Horse Lovers Workshop at CATRA takes place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in early June. The workshop begins at 9:00 am and lasts until 12:30 pm each day.
Throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall CATRA attends and hosts a variety of horse shows. Shows offer a wide variety of classes and are open to both special needs and typical needs riders.
Each year CATRA hosts ‘Alternative Break’ students from various colleges and universities in the United States. Students typically spend 4 or 5 days volunteering at CATRA while learning more about the role and benefits of therapeutic riding for individuals dealing with a wide variety of special needs.
Area children in grades 1 through 8 – regardless of reading level – are invited into Noah’s Nook to read to CATRA cats and other animals. The opportunity to read to animals in a safe, non-judgemental environment has been shown to strengthen reading skills of children.
Job Coaching at CATRA is available to schools throughout the year. “Civic engagement means to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community…” Thomas Ehrlich: American Council on Education.
MINIATURE HORSE EXTRAVAGANZA
The Miniature Horse Extravaganza is a team of Miniature Horses that have been trained by CATRA volunteers using HME techniques under the guidance of CATRA co-founder, Ben Nolt.