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.
Founded in 2017, formalized November of 2018. Started holding monthly events within the community with 12 autistic children. The organization grew rapidly through word of mouth. Realizing the need to offer more, in December 2018 they opened a special needs center in Cheektowaga. The center is moving into a larger space in the same plaza December 1, 2019. They have a partnership with D'Youville College Occupational Therapy Dept. and are in the process of partnering with Baker Victory Services. They now service approximately 400 children.
The project will offer DrumFit classes free of charge within the Fantastic Friends of WNY Center or off-site to special education classes, group homes, Cradle Beach, O’Shei Children’s Hospital and Baker Victory Services ITP.
The John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital is partnering with technology firm Magnusmode to help make that experience easier. The Children’s Guild Foundation Autism Spectrum Disorder Center at the hospital is the first hospital to provide the MagnusCards mobile app to patients and families to better navigate common hospital situations.
On Wednesday, November 21, 2018 was the 32nd Annual BPO Holiday Concert. It is the BPO's kickoff for their holiday season series. The Children's Guild is proud to be a grant sponsor of the many Therapeutic Recreational programs offered at St. Mary's School for the Deaf. In attendance was Cathie Gura; President of The Children's Guild Foundation, Andrea Wilkie; Administrative Assistant for The Children's Guild Foundation and 2 of it's Board members; Wendy Stahlka and Margaret Zak. It was truly and magical and festive concert!