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CATRA's Largest Annual Fundraiser
Saturday, October 21

Fall Session has begun!
Volunteers Needed!!
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Comedy, Arts & Sweets

Saturday, November 18

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

Make plans to join us

Fall Lessons

Fall lessons began on Monday, September 25, 2017.  Volunteers are needed to assist with lessons, feed & water horses, and more.  All are welcome.  Volunteers 13 and over who have a parent’s or guardian’s permission may volunteer.  Find out more..

CATRA-Thon 2017

CATRA-thon is a day when riders, family members, volunteers, and friends come together and have fun while supporting the Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association. Make plans to join us; It won’t be complete without you.  Learn More..

Extraordinary Give

The countdown to the 2017 Extraordinary Give is on! On November 17, 2017 donations will be accepted from 12 midnight – 11:59 PM as part of CATRA’s largest day of online giving. Every dollar donated will be stretched from a pool of at least $500,000.   Learn More..

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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