The Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program provides equine assisted activities for children and adults with disabilities, youth-at-risk, veterans, and their families in an inclusive, community setting. Our program was originally chartered, in 1980, as Fairfax 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program, under the Virginia 4-H extension program.
By focusing on each rider's ability rather than disability, we have enjoyed a high rate of success in areas such as improved balance, coordination, muscular strength, social skills, and self confidence.... (read more)
Our program is accredited and nationally recognized by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA). Lessons are taught by NARHA and ARIA Certified Riding Instructors assisted by up to three volunteers per rider. This structure enables our riders to participate in a challenging, physically active sport. Through this unique riding opportunity, our students achieve enriched qaulity of life. We structure lessons to include riding skills, exercises, trail or field rides, games, and vaulting, as well as horse care and grooming. NVTRP also offers limited Community Lesson slots to able-bodied riders.