People with disabilities often struggle with social isolation, even in the best of times. In the worst of times, their struggle is compounded. Indeed, many riders and families who benefit from the freedom and physical improvement that riding at NVTRP provides, still say they value the social benefits as much, if not more: the farm is where they have their greatest social interaction. All that disappeared in mid-March. A Stay Connected website emerged in its place, along with a rotating list of equine-related activities and resources, "virtual horsemanship" sessions, and a Good-night Farm event so riders could drive through and interact with the horses from their cars. NVTRP also began sourcing supplies hand sanitizer and masks, but also additional horse tack such as lead ropes that can be disinfected between riders all in preparation for the much-longed-for full reopening.

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: VA-Fairfax County

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Veterans/Military Families


  • Number of lessons/therapy sessions sprovided:   1,145
  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   285

Awards & Recognition

Children's Charities Foundation, Star for Children Award, December 2014

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Budget (FY2015)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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