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North American Riding for the Handicapped (NARHA)

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy
  • Environment
  • People with Disabilities


Premier Operating Center:Equine Therapy AssociatesP.O. Box 59253Potomac, MD 20859 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Equine Therapy Associates (ETA) is a Premier Accredited Operating Center of North American Riding for the Handicapped (NARHA). ETA is a highly specialized and personalized NARHA Premier Center located in a beautiful and peaceful setting for children and adults, in Montgomery County's beautiful Agricultural Reserve. We serve riders aged three and up, with mental, learning, physical and emotional challenges. ETA offers six NARHA programs: Equine Assisted Activities (EAA), therapeutic riding, Pre-Riding for Skills Development (three year olds), Pre-Driving Skills Development, Pre-Riding for Skills Development (those with substantial Developmental Delays, and those significantly affected by Autism), and Vocational Training for Adults (VTA). Approximately 40% of our students are on ETA/NARHA scholarships.


Our NARHA certified instructors teach English and Western private lessons that emphasize safety and with content that closely matches individual needs. Virtually 100& of our lessons benefit from the assistance of volunteer leaders, sidewalkers, ring stewards, instructional aides and pasture, facilities, and or stable management volunteers. All riders and volunteers enjoy music, games, exercises, and stimulating books, which make this a much sought-after format! ETA added three new buildings in 2006, and built a complete therapy suite with classroom, exercise room, reception area, and a new office. Please visit "Volunteer/Apprentice Opportunities" on our website!


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