At Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program, learning to ride, and caring for a horse, not only improves the physical health of the rider but also generates a critically important sense of accomplishment. Riders represent a range of disabilities: attention deficit disorder, autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, intellectual disabilities, vision and hearing impairment, and genetic syndromes. Leaving wheelchairs, walkers, canes, and fears behind, they learn to ride – the horse’s soothing rhythm and three-dimensional movement providing exercise while improving circulation and muscle tone, as well as posture, balance, and mobility. The discipline created by working with horses, and the social interaction among classmates and volunteers, increases self-esteem and self-sufficiency. In 2012 NVTRP purchased new property and is currently working towards the construction of an indoor riding arena – a significant expansion of its facilities – to accommodate more riders and enable them to work on their skills year round. For many participants, riding is the one opportunity they have to be on their own and feel free. You can make it happen.

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


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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