Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC)

Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center (BTRC) Special things happen when children and horses are brought together. Research has shown that therapeutic riding programs offer significant physical, psychological, social and educational benefits to children with disabilities and special needs.
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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 30 years. 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 please visit our website www.thebtrc.org. If you have additional questions, please email us at [email protected]
Thank you!

The horses were so excited this morning when they woke up to see the Easter bunny came.  They are even more excited that...
04/04/2021

The horses were so excited this morning when they woke up to see the Easter bunny came. They are even more excited that BTRC is about to start back up again!! May 3rd is our first day back with our kids and instructors and we need our returning volunteers as well as some new ones! If you are interested please visit http://www.thebtrc.org/how-to-help/become-a-volunteer/ to get some basic info, fill out the paper work, and watch the training video. If you have any questions please email us at [email protected]. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again and we hope you have a safe and lovely holiday!

#happyeaster #buffalovolunteers #thebtrc #thebesthorses #staysafe #maskup

The horses were so excited this morning when they woke up to see the Easter bunny came. They are even more excited that BTRC is about to start back up again!! May 3rd is our first day back with our kids and instructors and we need our returning volunteers as well as some new ones! If you are interested please visit http://www.thebtrc.org/how-to-help/become-a-volunteer/ to get some basic info, fill out the paper work, and watch the training video. If you have any questions please email us at [email protected]. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again and we hope you have a safe and lovely holiday!

#happyeaster #buffalovolunteers #thebtrc #thebesthorses #staysafe #maskup

Thank you Lissa Davis Tepas for sponsoring Sparky in our sponsor-a-horse program! We can’t wait to have you back in Buff...
01/20/2021

Thank you Lissa Davis Tepas for sponsoring Sparky in our sponsor-a-horse program! We can’t wait to have you back in Buffalo!

Thank you Lissa Davis Tepas for sponsoring Sparky in our sponsor-a-horse program! We can’t wait to have you back in Buffalo!

"What are you doing for others?" MLK Day reminds us that we can each do something to continue Dr. King's legacy of commi...
01/18/2021

"What are you doing for others?" MLK Day reminds us that we can each do something to continue Dr. King's legacy of commitment and service. This week, we're encouraging everyone to keep asking themselves that question. And we'd especially like to recognize and thank the wonderful volunteers who help BTRC share the gift of therapeutic riding with children with special needs!

"What are you doing for others?" MLK Day reminds us that we can each do something to continue Dr. King's legacy of commitment and service. This week, we're encouraging everyone to keep asking themselves that question. And we'd especially like to recognize and thank the wonderful volunteers who help BTRC share the gift of therapeutic riding with children with special needs!

We're wishing you all the best during this holiday season and in the New Year!  We're especially grateful to our sponsor...
12/25/2020

We're wishing you all the best during this holiday season and in the New Year! We're especially grateful to our sponsors and donors whose contributions made all the difference when the 2020 show was canceled due to COVID. Be sure to SAVE THE DATE for the 2021 Buffalo International Horse Show: September 16-21, 2021. -with Susan Schoellkopf

It’s feeling a lot like the holiday season here at the barn!  We hope everyone is staying safe! -love, the horses    #ha...
12/14/2020

It’s feeling a lot like the holiday season here at the barn! We hope everyone is staying safe! -love, the horses #happyholidays #washyourhands #staysafe

Whether you read this as "Giving Tuesday" 2020 winds down or a day or a week or a month later, there are still many oppo...
12/02/2020

Whether you read this as "Giving Tuesday" 2020 winds down or a day or a week or a month later, there are still many opportunities for you to support the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center's work: through your donations, through participation in our events, through volunteering, through learning more about our mission and sharing that knowledge with your friends... And remember, it's never too late to reach out and give some love and support to someone who needs it!

#GivingTuesday is not just about financial giving, but also the generous gift of time and energy that volunteers provide...
12/01/2020

#GivingTuesday is not just about financial giving, but also the generous gift of time and energy that volunteers provide. We cannot thank our 2020 volunteers enough! Without this group of dedicated volunteers, we could not offer the experiences and programs that have changed the lives of children and horses. This year they demonstrated a great deal of patience and flexibility, and with their help we were able to offer a safe, socially distanced program. To find out more about the Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center volunteer opportunities, or to apply to volunteer in 2021, see the "Become a Volunteer" page on our website: http://www.thebtrc.org/how-to-help/become-a-volunteer/

Today's Giving Tuesday! We'll be sharing more information on our program and the opportunities you have to make a profou...
12/01/2020

Today's Giving Tuesday! We'll be sharing more information on our program and the opportunities you have to make a profound difference through the gift of therapeutic riding. For 30 years, the BTRC has been providing equine assisted programs and services to children with a wide range of disabilities. Below are 5 ways you can support us now, and through the holiday season. #GivingTuesday #TherapeuticRiding

It's THANKSGIVING, and we're grateful for many things: For our patient and affectionate horses, for our skilled and dedi...
11/26/2020

It's THANKSGIVING, and we're grateful for many things: For our patient and affectionate horses, for our skilled and dedicated teachers, for our amazing volunteers and the support they offer, for our riders and the countless ways they inspire us, and for the donors who help to make this all happen! Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, from the BTRC.

It's THANKSGIVING, and we're grateful for many things: For our patient and affectionate horses, for our skilled and dedi...
11/26/2020

It's THANKSGIVING, and we're grateful for many things: For our patient and affectionate horses, for our skilled and dedicated teachers, for our amazing volunteers and the support they offer, for our riders and the countless ways they inspire us, and for the donors who help to make this all happen! Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, from the BTRC.

Did you know the BTRC could receive a donation every time you shop on Amazon? If you are like most people, you probably ...
11/23/2020

Did you know the BTRC could receive a donation every time you shop on Amazon?

If you are like most people, you probably have bought something on Amazon at some point. Maybe it is your frequent go-to for online shopping.

Instead of going to Amazon.com - get in the habit of going to www.Smile.Amazon.com and select The Buffalo Therapeutic Riding Center as your charity of choice.

Every little bit adds up to support the BTRC. Your holiday shopping can help make a difference by making this small change when shopping on Amazon. Thank you.

11/12/2020

On this day we want to recognise fallen soldiers and service people and to commemorate the efforts of all Americans who have served in the armed forces. Thank you for protecting the values we hold dear. 🇺🇸

11/11/2020

With the new "Yellow Zone" COVID restrictions that Governor Cuomo has issued, we need to restrict the number of people to 25. So we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the BTRC show this weekend.

We are thinking of trying to run Thanksgiving weekend on Friday and Saturday, splitting up the classes so that we would have no more than 25 people on the grounds at any one time. We would need unprecedented cooperation from each participant and trainer. Please let us know your thoughts on that.

We do have a lot of entry checks which we can return if you want us to, or we can keep them for the Thanksgiving weekend if you're willing to come. Please let us know.

The BTRC cannot thank you enough for your support and this was a very difficult decision which was taken out of our hands.

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 😷.

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. 🏆

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

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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.

Special things happen when children and horses are brought together.

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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