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Motorcycle Ride

Saturday, August 19

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Horse Shows
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Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association

Animals Helping People

Since 1985 CATRA has offered an opportunity for Capital Area residents from all generations with all types of special and typical needs to establish an atmosphere of support, respect, and health.  We come together in an equestrian farm environment offering a therapeutic riding experience to those able to benefit from it.

The Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association (CATRA), located in Grantville, PA and founded by Ben and Shirley Nolt, began offering therapeutic riding in the Fall of 1985.  Today, CATRA works with a wide variety of riders ranging from 12 months through senior citizens.  Riders from seven local counties and beyond participate on a weekly basis.  CATRA’s therapeutic riding program operates on a trimester basis with classes beginning in January, May, and late September.

More Programs

CATRA offers opportunities well beyond its weekly therapeutic riding program.

“CATRA – they are my family. I am safe at CATRA. I can be myself at CATRA. They love me, and I love them. And nobody can take that away from me.”  Aislinn A.

Volunteer Groups

Throughout the year CATRA is supported by a number of companies, clubs, businesses, churches, and other organizations.

Upcoming Events

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Ryan Gallagher Memorial Bowlathon

The Ryan Gallagher Memorial Bowl-a-thon began in the Spring of 1993 and continues to be an annual event on CATRA’s calendar.

This year’s Bowlathon takes place on Saturday, April 8 beginning at 1 pm at the ABC Bowling Lanes North, 5303 Locust Lane, Harrisburg, PA 17109.


This year’s Highmark Walkathon will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Harrisburg Community College (HACC).  One hundred percent of fund raised by CATRA walkers goes to support the riders and therapy animals.  Join as a walker or organize a team to participate in the walk!  Find out more..

Kids Sing Country

The third annual Kids Sing Country Music Festival & Craft Fair will take place on Sunday, June 4 at the Grantville Carnival Grounds.  Auditions currently taking place; Vendor booths available. Visit the Kids Sing Country website.

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CATRA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered with the PA Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations.  EIN:  23-2381558