Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC)

Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) Special things happen when children and horses are brought together. The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center is the only indoor riding facility uniquely located in the heart of the city of Buffalo, and has been the site of a therapeutic riding program for 10 years.
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The BTRC currently offers programs for mentally and emotionally impaired, learning disabled and developmentally challenged children ages 6 to 16. If you have any questions please visit our website www.thebtrc.org. If you have additional questions please email us at [email protected] Thank you!

11/09/2020

Our November BTRC Finale is quickly approaching this weekend! Jumpers will start at 4:00 Friday afternoon. The horse show will start at 7:00 am with the Walk Trot on Saturday!

Please be sure to check our website/ emails for COVID procedures and changes. Riders are only permitted on the grounds while showing. Everyone will be required to park at Tapestry school. Everyone will be required to wear a mask 😷.

Buffalo Equestrian Center
10/23/2020

Buffalo Equestrian Center

Today is the day everyone! 4-7 at the Buffalo equestrian Center! please enter on the great Arrow ave entrance. we still have a few Chivettas chicken dinners available to purchase so come on down ASAP to get yours! #fundraiser #chivettas

10/22/2020

We are SOLD OUT of stalls for our November BTRC Series Finale! We are unfortunately unable to provide tack stalls, if you have included tack stalls in your stall count please contact us to adjust the count. 🏆

We hope to see everyone Friday at the BEC fundraiser for our horses this Friday!! Tickets still available at our website...
10/21/2020

We hope to see everyone Friday at the BEC fundraiser for our horses this Friday!! Tickets still available at our website or in person. We hope to see you there!

It’s tongue out Tuesday and Charlotte is celebrating while she thinks about the upcoming chivettas BBQ fundraiser for BEC. - only $12!! Buy tickets now:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chiavettas-bbq-fundraiser-tickets-123173911485 #tongueouttuesday #chivettaschicken #buffalofundraiser #supporttheponies

Thank you to everyone who came to our October BTRC Series Horse Show! We had a ton of entries on Friday and Saturday and...
10/19/2020

Thank you to everyone who came to our October BTRC Series Horse Show! We had a ton of entries on Friday and Saturday and we are hoping for even more next month!

If you are interested in the November 13-14 BTRC Series Finale Horse Show please reserve your stalls and send in your entries ASAP! We may need to move some classes and change the original schedule to accommodate all of the classes!

You can find the complete prize list on our website. Please email [email protected] to reserve stalls, shavings, and hay.

Our show this coming weekend is very full!  If you are attending please send in your entries and Covid releases to becan...
10/15/2020

Our show this coming weekend is very full! If you are attending please send in your entries and Covid releases to [email protected]!

Don’t forget! We are still going to run our October and November shows this year!! Get your stall reservations in now! 🎃
09/16/2020

Don’t forget! We are still going to run our October and November shows this year!! Get your stall reservations in now! 🎃

Stretching into the week on Flick! #motionpicture #stretchingfordays #thebtrc
08/17/2020

Stretching into the week on Flick! #motionpicture #stretchingfordays #thebtrc

BTRC would like to thank Archie Cox for his donation which will cover a horse’s care! We appreciate our donors so much!!...
08/11/2020

BTRC would like to thank Archie Cox for his donation which will cover a horse’s care! We appreciate our donors so much!! Gigi here is very excited about her sponsorship and getting to meet Heather Caristo Williams on Monday night before Heather taught her clinic for the Buffalo Equestrian Center today. #thebtrc #weloveoursponsors

The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center is working with National Equine Institute of Growth through Healing to develop an ...
08/05/2020
Horses Helping Western New York Veterans With Stress and Anxiety

The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center is working with National Equine Institute of Growth through Healing to develop an exciting new program at our facility. This non-riding program is designed to bring horses and veterans together in a therapeutic environment. This approach can build self-knowledge and communication skills, and also address concerns including post-traumatic stress, bereavement, depression, anger issues, anxiety and more. On Tuesday, August 4, we hosted an orientation session to introduce this program to veterans in our area. Here's a brief report that aired on Spectrum News.

The animals can help veterans well beyond their visit.

Although the opening of our therapeutic program in 2020 was delayed due to COVID, we were able to put all recommended sa...
07/20/2020

Although the opening of our therapeutic program in 2020 was delayed due to COVID, we were able to put all recommended safety measures in place and began Session 1 on June 1. We've adjusted our schedule so we will still be able to offer 6 sessions, ending on November 16 with a year-end celebration. These photos show how BTRC is meeting challenges and carrying out its mission in 2020!

Although the opening of our therapeutic program in 2020 was delayed due to COVID, we were able to put all recommended safety measures in place and began Session 1 on June 1. We've adjusted our schedule so we will still be able to offer 6 sessions, ending on November 16 with a year-end celebration. These photos show how BTRC is meeting challenges and carrying out its mission in 2020!

Wishing you all a great weekend...
07/04/2020

Wishing you all a great weekend...

Going on a treasure hunt as part of our therapeutic program...and with the help of our pony Cocoa we found the hidden le...
06/30/2020

Going on a treasure hunt as part of our therapeutic program...and with the help of our pony Cocoa we found the hidden lettuce! :)

We are here for session two social distancing and waiting for our riders! We will be closed next Monday for the holiday ...
06/29/2020

We are here for session two social distancing and waiting for our riders! We will be closed next Monday for the holiday but then we will be back to work on the 13th!!

06/21/2020

Happy Father's Day!!

Today we went on a treasure hunt and with the help of our pony Cocoa we found the hidden lettuce! Check out the pics to ...
06/15/2020

Today we went on a treasure hunt and with the help of our pony Cocoa we found the hidden lettuce! Check out the pics to follow our discovery! #thebtrc #treasurehunt #poniesarethebest

We’re really excited to announce the opening of BTRC tomorrow, June 1st. All of our horses and instructors have dearlymi...
05/31/2020

We’re really excited to announce the opening of BTRC tomorrow, June 1st. All of our horses and instructors have dearly
missed all of the students! We’ll see you all tomorrow! 🐴🌸🎉

Tea Cake (also known as Cocoa) is very much looking forward to the return of our therapeutic riding program on June 1!  ...
05/21/2020

Tea Cake (also known as Cocoa) is very much looking forward to the return of our therapeutic riding program on June 1! In the meantime, please consider making a donation in honor of Cocoa or another one of our very special horses. Info about our Sponsor-A-Horse campaign can be found on our website: http://www.thebtrc.org/

Hello friends and supporters of the BTRC! After much consideration of the situations surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, ...
05/15/2020

Hello friends and supporters of the BTRC! After much consideration of the situations surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Directors of the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. have made the difficult decision to cancel this year's 74th Buffalo International Horse Show (Sept 10-13). Although it was not an easy decision to make, we are all thinking positively about next year's show which will be the 75th year for BIHS! We are looking forward to welcoming you all to the show next year and to working with you all to make it the best year yet! Thank you all, for your continued support of the BTRC and stay tuned for details on next year's 75th BIHS!

Hi everyone, Dexter here! I got all dressed up to show off my new saddle pad from one of my sponsors.  A lot of my frien...
05/03/2020

Hi everyone, Dexter here! I got all dressed up to show off my new saddle pad from one of my sponsors. A lot of my friends have received new pads as well and we are so grateful!! As many of you know we horses are eating machines so if you are still looking for a way to sponsor us please check out our website to see how you can donate some hay and grain to us. The btrc.org has all the info to sponsor your favorite horse. Thank you again to everyone who has already donated we are a lucky group of horses!!! #newsaddlespad #thebtrc #therapeutichorses #thankful #grateful

The Melanie Smith-Taylor Clinic is still on for November - start getting your applications in! http://thebtrc.org/events...
05/01/2020

The Melanie Smith-Taylor Clinic is still on for November - start getting your applications in! http://thebtrc.org/events/

Bali is the newest addition to our amazing group of horses at BTRC! We would like to welcome her to the program by gifti...
04/30/2020

Bali is the newest addition to our amazing group of horses at BTRC! We would like to welcome her to the program by gifting her with shavings, grain, and/or a new saddle pad with her name on it - who can help us do so?? We would love your support! Please visit our website to learn how you can help welcome Bali to the team www.thebtrc.org

James is sticking his tongue out because he wants his riders back!! For #tongueouttuesday James would like to thank the ...
04/28/2020

James is sticking his tongue out because he wants his riders back!! For #tongueouttuesday James would like to thank the many supporters of the BTRC who have already donated items from the Sponsor-A-Horse program - THANK YOU. To find out how you can join the Sponsor-A-Horse program, visit the website: www.thebtrc.org

Happy Sunday! This is Crisp and and he would like to thank all of the friends and supporters who have already shown thei...
04/26/2020

Happy Sunday! This is Crisp and and he would like to thank all of the friends and supporters who have already shown their support by purchasing new saddle pads a lots of delicious treats - thank you!! There are still several ways in which you can show Crisp and the other horses how much they are missed - just visit the BTRC website to find out how: http://thebtrc.org/ 🐴🐴🌷🌷

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! We have 10 horses who have been gifted saddle pads! Lucky misses his rider...
04/25/2020

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! We have 10 horses who have been gifted saddle pads! Lucky misses his riders and is looking forward to the start of the BTRC season- hopefully wearing a new saddle pad with his name on it! You can sponsor your favorite therapeutic horse at our website! http://www.thebtrc.org

Our lovely Lady is looking around to see where her therapeutic lesson kids have gone!? Don't worry Lady, the BTRC has co...
04/24/2020

Our lovely Lady is looking around to see where her therapeutic lesson kids have gone!? Don't worry Lady, the BTRC has come up with ways in which all of your friends and riders can show how much they care for you! All they have to do is visit the BTRC website and see the ways they can show their support - like giving you new shavings, a vet visit, and even some delicious treats!!! Check out our website for more info: http://www.thebtrc.org/

MEAT RAFFLE UPDATE: Mark your calendars for Friday, June 26th! See you there - it's going to be a blast and what better ...
04/15/2020

MEAT RAFFLE UPDATE: Mark your calendars for Friday, June 26th! See you there - it's going to be a blast and what better way to support the children and horses in the therapeutic program than thru your love of chicken fingers and fine cuts?!

Happy Easter from the BTRC!! We hope you are all enjoying the warm weather and time spent with family 🐴🐰🌷
04/12/2020

Happy Easter from the BTRC!! We hope you are all enjoying the warm weather and time spent with family 🐴🐰🌷

BTRC Updated Schedule: Please mark your calendars for the new start date for therapeutic lessons, starting on Monday, Ju...
04/11/2020

BTRC Updated Schedule: Please mark your calendars for the new start date for therapeutic lessons, starting on Monday, June 1st!

03/25/2020

We are sorry to announce we are canceling the BTRC series show on May 1-2. There is hope we may be moving the date to Saturday May 23rd and still hosting our Archie Cox clinic on May 24th! Stay tuned for updates. Thank you for your support and understanding. Stay safe everyone! #washyourhands #sixfeetapart

Good News - Post cards will be arriving to your doorstep very soon - stay tuned!
03/20/2020

Good News - Post cards will be arriving to your doorstep very soon - stay tuned!

Be sure to mark your calendars for BTRC's 4th Annual Meat Raffle, scheduled for Friday evening, May 8th!  This is always...
03/10/2020

Be sure to mark your calendars for BTRC's 4th Annual Meat Raffle, scheduled for Friday evening, May 8th! This is always a fun evening in support of a great cause. But we're particularly excited to offer a Special Raffle at this year's event. The Goo Goo Dolls package is for a Darien Lake show on 8/21 with the bands Lifehouse and Forrest Blakk. It includes 2 prime tickets as well as a backstage Meet and Greet with the Goo Goo Dolls. Don't miss your chance for this unique prize!

Melanie is ready! Are you?? #savethedate
02/28/2020

Melanie is ready! Are you?? #savethedate

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950 Amherst St
Buffalo, NY
14216-3566

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(716) 877-9295

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Our mission is to enhance the development and quality of life for children with special needs in Western New York by providing an accredited therapeutic riding program in a safe and nurturing environment.

There is a unique bond between horses and people that can be particularly meaningful to children with disabilities. Riding programs provide a relaxing, non-academic environment in which children can interact with adults and peers and more importantly with their horse.

The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center is the only indoor riding facility uniquely located in the heart of the city of Buffalo, and has been the site of a therapeutic riding program since the 1980s. The BTRC currently offers programs for mentally and emotionally impaired, learning disabled and developmentally challenged children ages 5 to 18. If you have any questions or need more information, please visit our website www.thebtrc.org. If you have additional questions please feel free to email us at [email protected] Thank you!

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This organization just absolutely touches my heart. Just saw this documentary, The Great Flip-Off, about bareback riders in the circus and how their livelihood changed after the act was taken out of the circus. It made me think to share here because you see how special and unique their bonds are with their horses. It reminded me of how special this center is and how it helps people through bonding with horses. It's on Amazon if you have the time :)
Thank you to all who donated to help in Otis' recovery! We are happy to have him back to work in our therapeutic lesson program.
Post &Share ??!! 👋💙💐 We thank our friends in the Netherlands for helping us shine a light on the benefits of running and an active lifestyle for individuals on the autism spectrum!! https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=885325118320795&id=341625486024097
Thank you so much BTRC and Juliette for lending us your Equicizer for Equifest this weekend !!! We are all so grateful and glad to connect with you when we get there!!!