LTRC was established in 1983 to provide therapeutic and adaptive equine riding and learning opportunities for individuals of all ages with mental, physical and learning special needs. Since 1986, Lothlorien has owned and operated our present facility, which is located just outside of the Village of East Aurora, New York. The goal of our program is to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for individuals to experience the benefits of horseback riding and horsemanship skills. The facilities at LTRC are designed to accommodate riders with disabilities through the use of special mounting ramps, a wide variety of adaptive equipment and the cooperation of our trusted, loyal and specially-trained horses. LTRC has been able to meet the needs of the population we serve while maintaining strict safety
Programs at LTRC are conducted by trained instructors and over 200 trained volunteers dedicated to providing the highest quality programs for individuals. Our amazing and dedicated staff and volunteers assist with programs, horse care and facility maintenance.
Surrounded by trees in a secluded, tranquil setting, the ten acre facility consists of seven pastures, a barn with stalls, a large outdoor sand riding arena and the 170’x80’ indoor Angel Arena, built in 2015. Lothlorien, fully owns the facility free and clear from any property liens. Families and caregivers are welcome to watch lessons in the viewing area and there is an administrative office and on-site housing for the barn manager, who is available 24/7 for the horses.
Lothlorien, serves all of Western New York.
Lothlorien TRC is located in East Aurora, NY. The program, which serves a total of 700 children and adults with special needs throughout the riding season, is designed to provide therapeutic intervention. The actual out-of-pocket cost per rider for one 6-week session is $525. As this cost is not reimbursable by insurances, the organization’s board of directors has designed the program so the cost to the student’s family is $225. The balance is then covered by fundraising efforts of the organization. In addition, there are several families unable to afford the $225. As such, the organization works with these families to provide a sliding scale charge for tuition. The balance of this scale is also included in the organization’s fundraising efforts.