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Equine Welfare Network Messenger

We are a 2017 Messenger!

We are proud to be an EQUUS Foundation Messenger and share our horse care & use practices with the public.

The Messenger Designation is awarded annually. To retain an existing EQUUS Foundation Messenger designation and apply for an EQUUS Foundation grant in 2017, organizations must provide all required information and update their Messenger information on or after January 1, 2017 and not later than April 30, 2017.



Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.

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Compassionate Friends Therapeutic Riding Center



Compassionate Friends Therapeutic Riding Center
40 Cooper Tomlinson Road
Medford NJ 08055
609-320-5363

Tax ID/EIN: 38-3766652
Year Founded: 2007
Last Updated 2017-04-29

Public Charity


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Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation):  Public Service

Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.

Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.

100% of our total programs and services are horse-related.

Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.


Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
Our mission is to strengthen the body, mind, and spirit of each student through Equine Assisted Activity and Therapy programs, while fostering their independence in a safe environment, as well as to increase the quality of life of our student’s family members, volunteers, and the community.

Horse-related programs:
Located in Medford and serving the South Jersey community, Compassionate Friends Therapeutic Riding Center (CFTRC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing structured horsemanship programs specifically designed to achieve maximum therapeutic benefit for individuals with special needs. In an equine-assisted activity (EAA) program, a certified or specially-trained riding instructor teaches a person with a disability how to ride a horse. The benefits of horseback riding are as numerous as the types of disabilities and conditions served. Research shows that students who participate in therapeutic riding can experience physical, emotional and mental rewards. Because horseback riding gently and rhythmically moves the rider's body in a manner similar to a human gait, riders with physical disabilities often show improvement in flexibility, balance and muscle strength. For individuals with mental or emotional disabilities, the unique relationship formed with the horse can lead to increased confidence, patience and self-esteem. The sense of independence found on horseback benefits all who ride. The therapeutic qualities of horseback riding are recognized by many medical professionals, including the American Physical Therapy Association and the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Non-horse-related programs:
We have no non-horse related programs.


Volunteer Opportunities


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