Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program

Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program
6429 Clifton Rd
Clifton VA 20124

Tax ID/EIN: 54-1897241
Year Founded: 1980
Last Updated 2017-03-09

Public Charity

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Why are we a Messenger?

The EQUUS Foundation has designated our organization as a Messenger. Click here to learn more about our horse care and use practices.

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.

Equine Welfare Network Messenger

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:
The Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program (NVTRP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with disabilities, youth-at-risk, and recovering military service personnel and their families through the challenging, physically-active sport of horseback riding.

Horse-related programs:
The Northern Virginia Therapeutic Riding Program (NVTRP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has provided equine assisted therapy to children and adults living with physical, intellectual, or emotional disabilities, youth-at-risk, military service personnel and their families for the past 33 years. <br /><br />Our services include: <br /><br />A. Traditional Therapeutic Horsemanship: including weekly group riding lessons and summer camps. Lessons focus on riding skills, exercise, trail/field rides, games, and horsemanship skills, including the grooming and tacking of horses.<br /><br />B. Community Outreach Program: Since 2009 we have been working in partnership with non-profit organizations that serve low-income youth who could benefit from therapeutic riding but who would not normally be able to participate. NVTRP provides the lessons at no cost to the partner organization, thanks to the generosity of funders like the Equus Foundation, and the partner organization recruits and enrolls the riders, leveraging the strengths of each participating organization.<br /><br />C. Private Hippotherapy Sessions: one-on-one therapy with a licensed physical, occupational, or speech therapist who uses the horse's movement as a treatment tool. <br /><br />D. Community Lessons: In 2011, NVTRP began collaborating with Fairfax County Park Authority to open a limited number of riding lessons to County residents. The revenue from this partnership helps offset the costs of our therapeutic programs. <br /><br />E. Supported Employment Program: As an extension of our Community Outreach Partnership with Service Source, we employ Service Source riders to help maintain our farm.

Non-horse-related programs:
Not applicable.

Volunteer Opportunities

Morning Volunteers
Minimum Age: 14
We are looking for volunteers with morning availability. Volunteers will help with feeding and horse care as well as helping in horseback riding lessons. Training is provided and horse experience is valued but not required.

Vounteer For Work Days
Minimum Age: 14
Corporate workdays are great for team building and getting away from your desk for a beautiful afternoon in the country. We value our workday groups because they spend time helping with farm beautification by fixing fences, painting, mowing, etc. If your company, school/church/civic group or Eagle Scout Candidate is interested, let us know! Horse experience is not required.

Help With Lessons
Minimum Age: 14
Helping our riders is the most rewarding volunteer experience. Volunteers walk next to the rider during lessons and commit to one shift (about 4 hours) per week for the session. Volunteers also help with feeding and horse care. Training is provided and horse experience is valued but not required.

Wish List Items

Metal wheelbarrows with two wheels
12 foot metal fence gates

Riding Equipment
X-Small and Large helmets
Amigo Fly Sheet with Neck Cover (78'' or 76"")

Horse Care
Cosequin- joint supplement
Pure MSM
Vitamin E 5000
Missing Link Skin and Coat Supplement