Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Wounded Warrior

(For Veterans)

Silver Saddles

(For people over age 55)

See new "Policies" page


all paperwork and fees are due March 1

Scholarship Applications are due February 22

Rider Scholarship Information and Application available in the Forms section

(Mailing address)

Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center

176 Chimney Ridge

Burnsville, NC 28714

Miika Rolett (828) 675-5814 (Office)

(828) 675-5630 (Barn)

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Mission Statement:  The Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center provides therapeutic horseback riding for persons with physical, cognitive, and/or emotional challenges in a safe, structured environment.

Program Information:

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ATRC is located on fifteen acres of land in the beautiful South Toe River Valley just outside of Burnsville, North Carolina.

The program was founded in 1986 as a pilot program with a grant from Blue Ridge Mental Health and was incorporated as a non-profit, 501-3C in 1987.  It is currently funded by grants, donations, fees, and Mitchell County United Way.

In 2006, ATRC became a premier accredited operating center by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International or PATH, the highest certification available for this type of program.

Instructors:  ATRC has two instructors fully certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.  In addition, physical, occupational, and speech therapists are often involved, either hands on in the program or as consultants.