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The Challenges of the Holidays and Winter at CATRA

Shirley & Ben at 2012 Jefferson Awards presentation.CATRA runs on volunteer and volunteen power all year long. During lesson times everyone knows that we need their help with the riders and the horses. CATRA volunteers and volunteens work extremely hard to keep this schedule running. To all who volunteer their time and talents -THANK YOU!

When it comes to the holidays we know everyone gets busy with family functions and trips to see relatives and friends. During December and January when there are no lessons and winter creeps in with its snow and ice the challenges of keeping CATRA running are much greater. CATRA really needs your help over the next few months to keep everything fed, watered, fed and cleaned up after. Feeding times are every day at 8:30 AM, 2:30PM and 6:30PM. The animals need fresh water at all times. Stall cleaning and other work around the farm goes on throughout the day. Hay hauling is on Saturday mornings at 8AM. Bundle up and come on out we need your help.

A great special gift to CATRA during the holidays is a few hours of your time on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day to help with morning and afternoon feedings and clean a stall or two. It is our responsibility to care for all of the animals every day of the year.

At CATRA there are no days off!

You will always be welcomed by a smile and a cup of hot chocolate. Come join the winter fun at CATRA. Watch out for the occasional snowball!


You would be amazed at how you can help CATRA! Put donating to CATRA on your Holiday/Birthday Gift List. One young CATRA Volunteen requested that her family and friends make a cash donation to CATRA instead of giving her presents for her birthday! Another CATRA rider had all of his Bar Mitzvah contributions come to CATRA.

Every donation helps keep CATRA operating. YOU CAN HELP!

If you can donate an extra dollar a week that would be help CATRA buy 4 bags of feed for the horses. Maybe you know someone who can donate $5, $10 or $20 a week. You may work for a company that makes donations to nonprofit organizations. Please ask them to consider donating to CATRA. All donations are applied to running the program at CATRA. CATRA RUNS ON ALL VOLUNTEERS. CATRA needs your help. Please contact Ben (717-469-7517) to discuss raising funds or donating to CATRA.


With much Love & many Blessings,

Ben & Shirley


First 25 Years



Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association, INC.
PO Box 339, Grantville, PA 17028
717-469-7517, catra@catra.net