Colorado Springs Therapeutic Riding Center carries on the legacy of horses in Palmer Park. Using riding instructors and specially trained horses, riders with special needs receive lasting benefits such as improved muscle tone, and improved emotional well-being. Volunteers of all ages help us by supporting our riders and horses, our learning environment, and our commitment to serving the community.
The Austin Bluffs have been a location of healing for generations of people. In 2008, Bob and Nancy Harrison turned an outdoor riding facility in Palmer Park that was ill-equipped for year-round riding, into one where horses and people conquer monumental challenges every day. CSTRC is the continuation of a tradition of health and healing that many Coloradans attach to Palmer Park and the surrounding Austin Bluffs.
We need dedicated volunteers to prepare horses for lessons, coordinate barn activities, and support the organization.
4.2% of Colorado’s children between 5 and 17 are disabled. The percentage in El Paso and Teller counties is 5.3% and 8.7% respectively.
“I recommend the whole experience! The four-legged friends are so awesome...the trainers, staff and volunteers are spectacular. They all have made a magical difference in my family's life...they touch our hearts and sincerely have compassion.” — Tiffni Parrish Woodworth