The Children's Guild Foundation has awarded a grant to Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center for Therapeutic Riding Scholarships.
The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) was established in 1992 on the site of the old Saddle and Bridle Club. Since that time the facility has been repaired, updated and maintained allowing for a successful and growing Therapeutic Riding program. They are the only PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) accredited program in Western New York. All the instructors are either PATH certified or pursuing certification. This assures the students and parents the highest quality program. It serves all of Western New York but many of the students are from The City Of Buffalo and immediate suburbs as it is the only horse facility accessible by public transportation. The mission of the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center is "To enhance the development and quality of life for special needs children in Western New York by providing an accredited therapeutic riding program in a safe and nurturing environment.
This grant will help secure funding for scholarships to economically disadvantaged children with special needs. By securing funding for scholarships they are able to expand the program offering lessons to increasing numbers of children.
In 2019 they continue to partner with Child and Family Services Connors School who send at least 15 children per session, St. Mary's School for the Deaf and Oishei Children's Hospital. thy partner with Roswell Park Cancer Institute for a 1 day event in June and at that event we make the parents of the children who come aware of the program and the benefits of therapeutic riding.