ATRC provides opportunities for people with varying ability levels and physical disabilities to challenge themselves physically and emotionally by setting goals to improve quality of life through equine facilitated therapy.
Founded in 2007 by Kenneth and Vicki Burkett, The American Therapeutic Riding Center (ATRC) is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and a PATH Center Member (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship). ATRC opened to the public in August of 2008.
Standing idle on property owned by American Environmental Landfill, was a barn with stables and an indoor arena, previously an Arabian horse farm. The decision was made to prepare the facility to become the American Therapeutic Riding Center, where individuals of all ages could experience a quality of life change through the use of horses. In order for the facility to be ready for our incoming guests, we had to go through major renovations to meet P.A.T.H. standards. Our financial angels, the Burkett’s and their companies, ensured ATRC had everything they needed to open to the public and continue to assist.
Over the first 5 years we grew to 70-75 riders, 10 program horses, 3 staff and a ton of volunteers. We will forever continue to further our programs and we are thankful to those who are helping to further our vision and mission.