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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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Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding



Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding
P.O. Box 475
Abingdon MD 21009
443-528-7793

Tax ID/EIN: 26-0068227
Year Founded: 2003
Last Updated 2017-05-14

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 encourage healing and celebrate life with individuals and groups whose minds, bodies and spirits will benefit from the transformative connection between people and horses.

Horse-related programs:
Therapeutic Riding - Therapeutic recreation for people with special needs and disadvantaged youth.<br /><br />Hippotherapy - Physical therapy utilizing the movement of the horse to facilitate improvements in the client.<br /><br />Equine Assisted Learning - Ground based activities designed for experiential learning.<br /><br />Equine Experiences - Activities designed to give individuals and groups (especially disadvantages and at-risk youth) a hands-on "horse keeping" experience. <br /><br />Pony Express - CTR's pony (Sally) travels to nursing homes and other places where individuals (especially seniors) are unable to come to the farm.<br /><br />Hoofprints - Bereavement programming for children, adolescents and families as they cope with the loss of a loved one.<br /><br />Teambuilding - Corporations and organizations learn better communication/cooperation skills by accomplishing tasks with our horses.<br /><br />Leadership Training - Small groups of organizational/corporate leaders attend customized training to build their communication skills and uplift them in their important role. (This program serves people ranging from students groups to senior administrative staff.)<br /><br />Horse Powered Learning - Educational programming for homeschoolers and students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade that includes: introduction to learning; reading; math; and reading/math/science modules. Each session is tailored by a certified teacher to meet the specific learning needs of the group. This is the only educational program of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Non-horse-related programs:
N/A


Volunteer Opportunities


Barn Assistants
Minimum Age: 16
CTR is seeking individuals interested is helping with barn chores on our farm. No previous experience is necessary, but volunteers must possess a commitment to doing physical work and keeping our facilities in order. These volunteers must be able to lift 50 pounds.

Side Walkers
Minimum Age: 16
CTR is seeking individuals to assist us as side walkers in weekly therapeutic riding lessons for children and adults with special needs. No previous knowledge of horses is required.

Horse Leaders
Minimum Age: 18
CTR is seeking individuals who have some knowledge of horses to assist us as horse leaders in weekly therapeutic riding lessons for children and adults with special needs.

Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Minimum Age: 18
CTR is seeking PATH-certified therapeutic riding instructors and instructors-in-training (who wish to pursue certification) to assist us in weekly therapeutic riding lessons for children and adults with special needs.

Wish List Items


Gift Cards
CTR is always grateful for donations of gift cards to: Walmart, Lowe's, Home Depot, Staples and The Mill (a Bel Air, Maryland, farm supply company).