The Mission of the Southern Vermont Therapeutic Riding Center
is to enrich, educate and expand the lives
of individuals with special needs
through Equine Assisted Activities & Therapies (EAAT).
In its short history, SVTRC has grown from a few initial riders--both
children and adults--to successfully working with programs and schools including
the Brattleboro Retreat, Kindle Farm School, The INSPIRE School and local
elementary and high schools. For the Fall 2012 semester, Landmark College moved
their Equine Assisted Learning classes to SVTRC.
Beginning in November 2012, SVTRC partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brattleboro to
provide riding for groups of four "Littles" every four weeks when a new group rotates in.
SVTRC is a proud member of PATH, the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.
As stated on the PATH website:
“Whether it's a five-year-old with Down syndrome, a 45-year-old recovering from a spinal cord
injury, a senior citizen recovering from a stroke or a teenager struggling with depression, research
shows that individuals of all ages who participate in EAAT can experience physical and emotional rewards."