• About Us

    The NC Therapeutic Riding Center (NCTRC) exists to empower children and adults with

    physical, emotional, mental and social challenges to create active, healthier and more fulfilling lives

    through equine-assisted activities and therapies (EAAT).


    Founded 1977

    Dot Kohlbach, Lou Paules and Debbie Lominac founded NCTRC in 1977. NCTRC first began at Miss Pitty Pat's farm in Durham and eventually settled down, in 2008, at its current location at Clearwind Farm. In 2009 NCTRC took over management of the farm through a leasing agreement, allowing significant expansion of programming.


    Since 1977, NCTRC has served thousands of children and adults, and is now the oldest therapeutic riding center in North Carolina. The challenges faced by our clients include autism, learning disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, behavioral issues, brain injuries, and developmental delays.


    NCTRC is accredited as a Premier Center by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH International, formerly known as NARHA), which is the governing body for all participating therapeutic riding programs in the country. Riding lessons and hippotherapy sessions are conducted by PATH-certified instructors and licensed therapists.


    NCTRC is also recognized by GuideStar Exchange as a Silver participant, and by Great Nonprofits as a 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit.





  • Board of Directors

    Allison Gant

    Board Chair

    Allison has a wealth of nonprofit experience, including serving as Executive Director of Alamance Citizens for Education, and on multiple boards. Allison holds a BA in Psychology from Meredith College. She currently holds an elected position on the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education.

    Jim Gray


    Jim is a graduate of the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC and a US Navy veteran. He lived in Wilkes County most of his life, with a career in retail furniture sales and management. His “golf” over the past 30 years has been community service. He has served on and chaired numerous boards including the local American Red Cross board, the Hospice Board, and the Rainbow Center. 

    Hope Galunas

    Real Estate Agent, Fonville Morisey

    Hope currently works as a Real Estate Agent after retiring from Verizon. Her experience includes management and financial leadership positions. Hope holds a BA from UNC and has lived in the area since graduating from college. Hope volunteers as a horse leader and side walker for NCTRC and loves the participants and the horses.

    Lisa Kaylie

    President, Frucon International

    Lisa’s oldest son Simon is a rider at NCTRC who has benefitted greatly from equine therapy.  Lisa is a strong local advocate for autism and disability rights.  She worked for many years in high tech product marketing and is now the President of Frucon International, a US subsidiary of Frucon NV.  Lisa has a BA in International Relations from Tufts University and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC.

    James Howard

    General Manager, National Air Filters

    James has lived in NC for most of his life and enjoys giving back to the community. He has worked as a buyer and operations manager for Chatworth Products and Georgia Dixie Filters. James holds a degree in Business Management from NCSU. He is excited about the possibilities for NCTRC's future, and contributing his operational and business acumen to the organization.

    Allen Murray


    Allen is recently retired as Executive Director for Exceptional Children for the Alamance Burlington School System. He holds an MA in Special Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University and has worked as a teacher, special education administrator, university faculty, and trainer. He presently does private consulting in child mental health. He makes his home in Mebane.

    Allison Lynch

    Clinical Pharmacist, Duke University Hospital

    Allison has been volunteering at NCTRC as a horse leader and side walker since 2012. She grew up in and around Charlotte, NC where her love for and exposure to horses started at a very young age on her aunt’s farm.

    Today, as a schooling team member, regular event and Wednesday night volunteer, Allison is excited to expand her role by contributing ideas, enthusiasm, and determination to assist the Board in ensuring the success and longevity of NCTRC in our community.

    Meg Thomas

    Owner, My Overstock Boutique

    While a student at UNC-Chapel Hill, Meg bought her first small business in 1989. She has coupled her 29 years of entrepreneurial experience with managing corporate relationships with enterprise level customers. Meg has a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill in Industrial Relations. Her prior volunteer experience includes working with the Carolina Organ Procurement Center and as a foster parent in Orange County. She looks forward to participating in the growth of the NCTRC.

  • Staff

    Lara Katz

    Executive Director

    Lara joined NCTRC in 1992, and has served in various capacities including sidewalker, leader, instructor, and board member. Lara holds a BA in Communication Studies from UNC-Greensboro, and an MBA from Elon University. Lara has ridden horses since the age of 4 (when her 2 year old sister convinced their parents) and has competed in hunters, jumpers, dressage, intercollegiate, and for one scary day, eventing. She is passionate about sharing the horse experience with those who would otherwise not grow up with them.

    Jackie Cole

    Program Director, Instructor

    Jackie has been involved with NCTRC since 1987, when she began volunteering as a way to stay involved with horses. She holds a bachelor's degree in Medical Technology from Duke University, and is a PATH certified therapeutic riding instructor. Jackie loves watching her students build confidence, develop a love for horses and horseback riding and most of all have fun!

    Kristen Makohon

    Volunteer Manager,


    Kristen has been involved with NCTRC since January 2015, and by June 2015 had decided to pursue a career in EAAT. She holds a BS in Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill, and is a PATH certified therapeutic riding instructor. Kristen also works as our volunteer coordinator!

    Margie Muenzer

    Participant Coordinator, 

    Physical Therapist, Instructor

    Margie joined NCTRC in 1993 as a physical therapist and PATH-certified therapeutic riding instructor. She holds a master’s degree in physical therapy from Case Western Reserve University, and received training in hippotherapy through the American Hippotherapy Association’s Level I and Level II courses. She never tires of the joys of helping children and adults with physical challenges begin to overcome these and thrive through the partnership with a willing horse or pony and team of dedicated volunteers.

    Mallory Heffelfinger

    Camp Director, Instructor Candidate

    Mallory joined NCTRC's staff in 2015, and plans to attain certification this summer as a therapeutic riding instructor. She will graduate from High Point University in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and plans to pursue a master's degree in Educational Leadership. Mallory loves having the opportunity through NCTRC to make camp an empowering experience for campers of all different ages and abilities.

    Lissa Lutz

    Instructor, Equine Specialist in 

    Mental Health and Learning

    Lissa has been involved with NCTRC since 1986, and is currently certified by PATH Intl as an Advanced Instructor and Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. Lissa holds a BS degree from Duke, as well as MD and MPH degrees from UNC. She loves teaching and seeing the positive impact that horses can have on people.

    James Jeffries

    Facility Manager

    James has been caring for this farm since even before NCTRC arrived. He cares for the horses and maintains the facility in excellent condition. James describes working outdoors and with the therapy horses as "hog heaven."

    Tracy Franklin

    Special Projects, Instructor

    Tracy has been involved with NCTRC since 2013, and is a PATH certified therapeutic riding instructor. She holds a bachelor's degree in biology from UNC-Wilmington and is a Certified Nursing Assistant. Tracy visited the farm in 2012 for a special event, instantly fell in love with the work we do and started volunteering, then came on staff to manage our herd, began teaching and pursued certification as an instructor, and has never looked back.

    Brooke Weeks


    Brooke has been involved with NCTRC since 2015, and is a PATH certified therapeutic riding instructor. She holds a BA in Therapeutic Horsemanship from St. Andrews University. After graduation she began working as a riding instructor for NCTRC.

    Audrey Ganitopoulos

    Special Projects, Instructor

    Audrey joined NCTRC in 2007, but has been involved with this industry since 2004. She is a PATH-certified therapeutic riding and vaulting instructor, and holds a BS degree in Animal Science from NCSU. Audrey was excited to discover NCTRC after moving to NC from the west coast., where she worked at another therapeutic riding center. She has also generously shared her horses Six and Star with NCTRC.

    Laura Michael

    Assistant Camp Director, Instructor Candidate

    Laura joined NCTRC’s staff in 2016 as the summer camp’s Assistant Director. She graduated from UNC Greensboro in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in American Sign Language and Deaf studies. Laura is now working to complete a graduate program at UNC Charlotte in Special Education Adapted Curriculum. Laura is excited to have the opportunity to work with all of the children at NCTRC’s summer camp!

    Genevieve Andrews

    Equine Manager, Instructor Candidate

    Genevieve joined NCTRC's staff in 2016, but her experience with horses spans over 20 years and includes managing barns, lesson programs, and working as practice manager for a local equine veterinary practice. Genevieve owns and runs Epona Equine Services, offering boarding, lessons, and training in low level dressage and eventing. She studied business and is passionate about horses and management, making this role a perfect fit for her.

    Matt Case

    Licensed Professional Counselor

    Matt is a licensed professional counselor with a private practice in Chapel Hill. He has worked in community and private settings since 2002, and was certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association in 2004. He and Suzanne have used equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) to treat children and adults with a wide range of issues from schizophrenia and trauma to anxiety and parent-child relationship struggles. Matt draws heavily upon Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), an evidence-based approach that teaches mindfulness and acceptance skills to let unwanted thoughts and feelings come and go while creating a rich and meaningful life. ACT dovetails nicely with EAP, as they both utilize metaphors, direct experience, and present-moment awareness to nurture human potential and growth.

    Suzanne Case

    Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, Instructor Candidate

    Suzanne is certified as an Equine Specialist by both EAGALA and PATH, holds a BA in Psychology from Salem College, and is pursuing her MA in Psychological Counseling at Goddard College, as well as certification as a therapeutic riding instructor. She also holds BHSAI certification, and has been teaching riding and training horses for 32 years, most recently incorporating yoga into her teaching through Vinyasa Dressage. She and Matt have worked as part of an equine therapy team for the past 12 years. Suzanne is very passionate about equine-assisted therapies of all kinds and the NCTRC and feels that this work is invaluable to the human spirit; mind, body, and soul.

    Juliette Holden

    Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning, Instructor, Recreational Therapist

    Juliette joined NCTRC after moving to NC from Florida, where she had worked as the head riding instructor and barn manager for a center there. She holds a BS in Equestrian Studies from Lake Erie College, and an MS in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation, from Clemson University. Juliette is certified by PATH as an Advanced Instructor, Mentor, and as an Equine Specialist. Juliette works at a psychiatric residential treatment facility, and continues her involvement in therapeutic riding by bringing her psychiatric clients to NCTRC.

    Isabella DeSantis

    Equine Caretaker, Volunteer Coordinator

    Isabella joined NCTRC in 2017 with previous volunteer experience at another therapeutic riding center near Asheville, and almost twenty years experience riding, competing and caring for horses. She currently trains and competes in dressage and eventing, and recently graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a BA in English and Creative Writing.

    Kyrsten Spurrier

    Occupational Therapist

    Kyrsten and her husband moved to Efland in 2015 for him to pursue his dream job. She primarily works at Duke University Hospital as an Occupational Therapist in the Medical ICU, and also sees clients at NCTRC for hippotherapy. Kyrsten did 3-day eventing in high school then worked as a head wrangler at a camp through college; she says that the life skills she has learned from horses have made her who she is today, for which she is thankful.

  • Herd

    Our herd is the most important part of NCTRC! For more information on loaning or donating your horse, please download our information packet.


    Sponsored by Frances Price Stern

    Partial donation by Andrea Fernandez, Partial purchase by members of the NCTRC Board

    13.2 hh, 23 year old black Welsh cross gelding. Bachelor is our "perfect pony," with extensive experience showing in hunter/jumpers. He joined NCTRC in winter 2013.


    Sponsored by Karen Wood

    Loaned by Erin Hite

    15.1 hh, 25 year old chestnut Paint gelding. Cody is a perfect gentleman who fit right into the NCTRC herd. He spent most of his life eventing, competing through novice. Cody joined NCTRC in spring 2016.


    Sponsored by Sophie Case

    Loaned by Margie Muenzer

    11.2 hh, 26 year old grey Welsh/Shetland cross mare. Daisy is a very special pony who works with our youngest riders, and frequently fulfills any costume requests. She has been with NCTRC since fall 2009.


    Sponsored by Lianne & Hugh MacGregor

    Donated by Susie Gaylord

    14.0 hh, 24 year old blonde chestnut Haflinger gelding. Dooley has experience in dressage, jumping, and pleasure riding, and is now our cornerstone herd member. Dooley joined NCTRC in fall 2006.


    Loaned by Robyn Hahn

    13.1 hh, 22 year old flea bitten grey Welsh cross mare. Emmi is a sweet mare who spent most of her life showing dressage, competing up to 2nd level. Because of her dressage background, Emmi has very even and rhythmic movement. She joined NCTRC in spring 2016.


    Purchased by NCTRC

    14.2 hh, 23 year old gray Tobiano Paint mare. Gracie has lots of experience as a hunter/jumper and a lesson horse. She joined NCTRC in fall 2013, and is now a partner in our mental health programming.


    Sponsored by Virginia Campen

    Loaned by Virginia Campen

    15.2 hh, 19 year old bay Appendix Quarter Horse gelding. Joker has experience in dressage, jumping, trail riding, and even roping cattle! Joker joined NCTRC in summer 2015.


    Sponsored by the McGlone Family

    Loaned by Karen Newport

    14.3 hh, 23 year old bay roan Appaloosa gelding. Sammy was a successful event horse, competing in dressage, show jumping, and cross country. He joined NCTRC in spring 2014.


    Sponsored by Beth Cargo

    Loaned by Anne Wuthenow

    15.3 hh, 27 year old Palomino Quarter Horse mare. Savannah has extensive experience in hunter/jumpers and Pony Club. She is most famous for her favorite treat, Pringles! Savannah joined NCTRC in spring 2012.

  • Connect With Us

    We'd love to hear from you! You can also reach us by phone at 919-304-1009, or fax 919-869-1410.






  • In the News

    More information about NCTRC and equine-assisted activities and therapies.

    NCTRC Cover Story

    Burlington Magazine, September 2016

    Feature story in local Burlington publication.

    Driving Miss Norma

    The TODAY Show, July 2016

    A national news story that included Miss Norma's ride on Savannah. Film and story by Samantha Wender and Craig Melvin.

    Health Update: Therapeutic Riding Study

    Practical Horseman, December 2015

    Update on results of a pilot study conducted at the Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center on the effects of therapeutic horseback riding for 40 children with autism spectrum disorders. By Elaine Pascoe.

    The Magic of Therapeutic Riding

    Sidelines Magazine, May 2015

    A feature story about NCTRC in a national equestrian publication. Story by Taylor Renner, photos by Jonathan Van Ark and Tracy Franklin.

    Horses provide a respite for sick kids

    The News of Orange County, November 2014

    A local news story about our Barnstormers program. Photos and story by Amanda VanDerBroek.

  • Services

    NCTRC offers a variety of services to meet the needs of children and adults with a wide variety of challenges.

    Therapeutic Riding

    Build skills and abilities through learning to ride horses

    Therapeutic riding classes focus on a broad range and combination of disabilities. Clients of all ages learn riding skills, but also may work toward making gains in strength, balance, coordination, planning, cause and effect, memory, body awareness, attention span, motor coordination, spatial awareness, social interaction, self-confidence, etc. Horses provide sensory input and motivation that is unmatched in other activities and therapies. Click here to learn more about therapeutic riding, or complete our new client application.

    Therapy Services

    Physical or Occupational Therapy using Hippotherapy

    Hippotherapy, which means therapy with the help of a horse, is the primary treatment strategy used in our physical and occupational therapy treatment sessions. The movement of the horse’s back is used to address postural control, coordination, balance, sensory modulation and more, to reach functional goals for our clients. Activities in the arena, barn and play areas are often part of these sessions. Click here to learn more about therapy services and how your insurance can be billed directly. Complete our new client application to get started.


    Mini camp experiences for children and teens with life-threatening illness

    Mini camp experiences are available to children affected by a disability or life-threatening illness. This 2 1/2 hour camp experience includes a riding lesson, learning about and caring for horses, craft activities, and more. Families are invited to spend time at the farm during the participant's camp experience. These camps are scheduled on select Saturdays in spring and fall, and by arrangement for new groups.

    Click here to learn more, or for patients of UNC's Pediatric Oncology and Hematology Clinic, click here for an application.

    Inclusive Summer Camp

    Summer camp for children with and without disabilities

    NCTRC offers one of the only summer camp experiences in the area where children ages 5 - 12 with and without disabilities can participate together. Camps are Monday - Friday for six weeks during the summer. Activities include horseback riding, arts and crafts, painting ponies, and lots of outdoor fun! Click here for more information on summer camp.

    Veterans' Services

    Available to military veterans from all branches

    Military veterans from all branches are served through therapeutic riding or groundwork classes on either a group or individual basis. Thanks to a partnership with Wounded Warriors as well as our generous donors, services are available at no cost to our military veterans. Click here for more information, or for a new client application.

    Instructor Workshop and Certification

    PATH-sponsored education and certification opportunities

    This workshop and certification weekend is for those who want to become PATH-certified therapeutic riding instructors. NCTRC is recognized by PATH Int'l as a center that offers mentoring for those interested in certification. Contact us for mentoring availability.

  • Therapeutic Riding

    NCTRC offers three riding sessions each year: spring, summer, and fall. Participants can take private or group lessons using our indoor and outdoor arenas. Group classes, which last for one hour each week, are limited to four riders and grouped according to age and riding ability as much as possible. Private classes are offered in 30, 45, and 60 minute increments, depending on what is most appropriate for each client. Each new participant is evaluated prior to starting a session. This evaluation includes assessment of such areas as mobility, communication, and ability to follow directions, as well as a mounted assessment on one of our horses. The results of this evaluation are then used to help determine the type of class which is most appropriate.


    How much does it cost?

    The one time evaluation costs $55. Group classes cost $30 per week and private classes cost $45-60 per week. Services may qualify for payment via your Health Savings Account, depending on your policy's requirements.


    Do you offer financial assistance?

    We are committed to making participation in our programs available based on therapeutic need and regardless of financial means. For financial assistance, please download a financial assistance application.


    When does the next session start?

    Please visit our calendar page for more information; it is sometimes possible for us to accommodate clients starting mid-session, but not always.


    Want to get started?

    Download and complete a new client application. Questions? Call 919-304-1009, or email us.

  • Therapy Services

    Occupational and physical therapy services are offered year round, following NCTRC’s spring, summer and fall session schedules. The length of each visit can range from 30 and 60 minutes and primarily involves hippotherapy, with the client mounted on one of our horses or ponies. These horses and ponies are thoroughly trained to the variety of activities used to help our clients meet their individual functional goals. A trained horse leader and sidewalker assist the therapist at all times during mounted activities. NCTRC has a variety of sizes of horses and ponies that are available for use in the hippotherapy program.


    How much does it cost?

    An initial evaluation is part of the intake process for all of our participants. The cost of this evaluation is $55 and may be covered at least in part by your insurance or financial assistance. Therapy visit fees vary depending on the length of each visit and are comparable to other therapy practices in our area. NCTRC is a Medicaid provider and directly bills Medicaid for therapy visits. Private insurance companies may be billed as well. Families not covered by Medicaid will be responsible for any co-pays and deductible amounts not covered by insurance, as well as minimal program fees. Please contact us for specifics of the cost for your family's situation.


    Do you offer financial assistance?

    We are committed to making participation in our programs available based on therapeutic need and regardless of financial means. For financial assistance, please download a financial assistance application.


    When does the next session start?

    Please visit our calendar page for more information; it is sometimes possible for us to accommodate clients starting mid-session, but not always.


    Want to get started?

    Download and complete a new client application. Questions? Call 919-304-1009, or email us.

  • Barnstormers

    NCTRC offers mini day camp experiences to children and teens impacted by life-threatening illness, and to other population groups that may benefit from a one-time experience.


    UNC Pediatric Oncology and Hematology Clinic patients

    For patients of this clinic ages 3 - 18, with a diagnosis of cancer or other serious illness, Barnstormers sessions are scheduled for select Saturdays in the spring and fall. For a list of current dates, please download our participant application. Siblings may also be eligible to participate in portions of this programming; please download our sibling application for more information. At this time the cost of programming is covered by our generous donors. Click here for more information on this programming.


    Other Participant Groups

    We can customize a mini camp experience for your group; please contact us for more information. Depending upon the specific needs of your group, mini camps may include a riding lesson, arts and crafts, horse-centered activities, and time on the farm.

  • Inclusive Summer Camps

    Looking for an extraordinary camp experience for your child this summer? Look no further than NCTRC's Inclusive Summer Camps. Camps are open to children ages 5-12, with or without disabilities. Campers participate in a variety of activities from 9 am - 2 pm each day, including horseback riding, arts and crafts, learning about farm animals, and painting ponies! Click here for FAQs, or contact us for more information!


    2017 Camp Dates:

    Week 1 June 12 - 16 Week 2 June 26 - 30     Week 3 July 10 - 14     Week 4 July 24 - 28

    Autism Week* July 31 - Aug 4 Week 6 Aug 7 - 11


    *Campers with autism are welcome every week of camp! The Autism Focus Week is a smaller enrollment intended for campers who may need a bit more support to experience camp.


    Registration Discounts - please use discount code MULTI if registering for multiple weeks of camp,

    or SIBLING if registering two or more campers.

  • Veterans Services

    We offer a curriculum for military veterans that includes in hand work with the horse as well as therapeutic riding where appropriate. At this time all costs for this programming are covered by a grant from the Wounded Warrior Project, as well as our generous donors. Please contact us for more information on enrolling in veterans programming, or download our new client application to get started.


    One of our first participants, William, had this to say about his experience:


    Working with the horses has truly had a positive impact on my life. It shows me that I can do more. It has given me a mechanism to overcome depression and to learn things that I never thought I would ever have the access to learn.


    As a Combat Veteran, this has been the best post service treatment for issues that I deal with on a regular basis, both physical and mental.

  • Instructor Workshop & Certification

    In partnership with PATH Int'l, NCTRC offers a Registered Instructor On-Site Workshop and Certification annually. This four day workshop and certification is designed for participants interested in learning more about teaching therapeutic riding, and attaining certification as a PATH Registered Instructor.


    2017 Dates:

    June 1 - 4, 2017



    Mary Jo Beckman, Certified Master Instructor, Certified Driving Instructor

    Pebbles Turbeville, Certified Advanced Instructor


    Our farm is located between two major airports, Raleigh (RDU) and Greensboro (GSO), and is convenient for participants from all over the southeast. If you have any questions please contact us.


  • Calendar

    For any questions on upcoming events, please contact us.

  • Volunteer

    Join us as a volunteer!

    Session Volunteers

    Each of our clients may require up to three volunteers to assist them while on the horse, a leader and two sidewalkers, who walk beside the client to assist as directed. No horse experience is required to volunteer as a sidewalker. The minimum age for volunteering in classes is 15. If you are interested in becoming a session volunteer, the first step is to complete our volunteer paperwork, and then to contact our volunteer coordinator to be scheduled for a volunteer orientation. We look forward to seeing you at the farm soon!

    Corporate Volunteers

    Corporate volunteers are always needed for maintenance projects around the farm. If your group is interested in making a difference while bonding as a team, please contact our volunteer coordinator!

    Event Volunteers

    If a weekly commitment doesn't fit into your schedule right now, or physical limitations prevent you from volunteering in the arena, we have lots of other volunteer opportunities! We are always looking for volunteers to help with special events, speak on behalf of NCTRC at events, join our board of directors or various committees, help with office jobs at the farm, and many other tasks. Contact our volunteer coordinator to get started!

    To Get Started. . . 

    Interested in joining us as a volunteer? The first step is to complete our volunteer application and send it to our volunteer coordinator.

  • Give

    Your support allows us to offer services at subsidized rates that are affordable for families, and to offer financial aid to ensure that no one is turned away for an inability to pay. NCTRC is a 501c3 nonprofit (tax ID 56-1381694) and your gift may be tax-deductible.

    General Donations

    In Memory, In Honor, General Support, etc.

    These donations are what keep NCTRC operating - paying for care of the horses, staff salaries, financial aid, and facility costs. Donations may be designated in honor or memory of someone as specified by you. Click here to donate securely online. Donations may also be mailed to NCTRC, 4705 Nicks Road, Mebane, NC 27302.

    Donate/Loan a Horse/Pony

    An easy way to have a big impact

    We are always looking for qualified new horses and ponies to add to our herd, and would love to consider your horse for donation or loan options. Please understand that due to the nature of our program and the demands on our horses, we have very stringent requirements that are intended to ensure our equine staff members are happy and comfortable in their jobs. Please click here for more information on donating/loaning a horse or pony.

    In Kind Donations

    Horse and Farm Equipment

    We welcome donations of used tack and horse equipment, and other items that are needed around the farm. Items that cannot be used directly by our program may be sold, with proceeds benefitting the organization. The sale of excess donated tack currently raises over $3000/year to benefit programming, so these donations are much appreciated. Click here for more information on in kind donations.

    Wish List

    Items that will make a difference

    These are items that are needed by our program, plus a few "wishes" that although not strictly necessary, would help us to deliver best in class programming.

    Other Gifts

    Ensure NCTRC's future with a planned gift.

    For designated gifts or funds, planned gifts, transfers of stock, etc, please contact us so we can work with you to meet your wishes.

  • Wish List

    These items will help us deliver high quality services to our participants.

    For the Arena

    • Storage Box for toys and games in the outdoor arena.
    • Replacement cover for our vaulting barrel.
    • New Props for the arena (these are custom ordered, please contact us for options).
    • iPads to be modified for use in the saddle.
    • Large outdoor wall-mounted smart board to be used by instructors to demonstrate position changes, exercises, etc.
    For the Horses
    • Fly masks - we prefer this model for most horses as it keeps the mask away from the horse's eyes, but any masks that include ear and nose coverings are much appreciated by our pastured horses. Horse and pony sizes are always useful.
    • Pony Saddle, 15", changeable gullet or a wide/extra wide tree option to accommodate Bachelor.
    • Grazing muzzles - we prefer this type for comfort and safety, and our dream wish list type is the Greenguard. Horse and cob sizes are most frequently needed, or contact us for current needs.
    • Lead ropes - we use the navy/burgundy rope, and they do need frequent replacement so these are always welcome!
    • Rainbow cotton reins (these have been discontinued, so we would love to find a volunteer who was game to try dyeing white cotton reins for us as we really miss them!).
    • Turnout blankets/sheets - please contact us for current needs as brands/sizes can vary tremendously, so these are chosen for the best fit for each particular horse. In general, this is a great model for our horses' needs. Current needs include a 60" waterproof sheet, 60" waterproof blanket, and 68" waterproof sheet.
    • Replacement tail straps for blankets.
    • Lederbalsam leather conditioner to care for and extend the life of our tack.
    For the Farm
    • Medium size tractor with implements for maintaining the farm - bushhog, mower, arena drag, blade, etc.
    • Gravel, sand, and grading time to repair the path from the parking area to the arenas.
    • Grading time for maintenance of the paddock areas and paths.
    • Farm truck capable of safely pulling a horse trailer.
    • Kid-safe mulch for playground area.
    • Additional ground lighting for the path to the parking lot.
    • Fresh paint for pasture gates.
    • Cordless drill and bit selection for general use around the farm.
    • Time and materials to refinish Trot.
    For the Office
    • Computers capable of running Windows 10.
    • Large whiteboards are always needed.
    • Heavy duty shredder to destroy paper records that have been scanned and stored electronically.
    • Tables to be used for workshops, summer camp, meetings, and workspaces.
    • Plain white copy paper is always needed.
    • Fresh paint for the office interior.
    • Carpet cleaning treatment.
    • Heavy duty vacuum cleaner.
    • Laminator, similar to this one.
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  • Pinot, Painting, & Ponies

    Join us for a wine and design painting event at the farm! Local artists Jude Lobe and Carol Engler will be teaching this class. Each participant will create an acrylic painting on an 11 x 14" canvas of one of the NCTRC therapy horses. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served, and farm tours will be available.


    Sunday, March 26th 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    RMI Raleigh Benefit

    NCTRC is the beneficiary, in conjunction with the NCSU Equestrian Team, of the RMI Raleigh Benefit AA Hunter Jumper Show. Save the date for this year's show, November 15 - 19, 2017.

    Special Olympics

    NCTRC brings a delegation to compete at Special Olympics each year. This year's Equestrian competition will take place at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, dates TBA.

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  • Tack Shop

    NCTRC accepts donations year-round of tack and related equipment. Items not suitable for use by our clients are sold here and at the Equestrian Exchange tack sale, with all proceeds benefiting programming at the Center.