By Amanda A. Gerald for The Island Connection
On Sunday, April 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding will host its eighth annual In the Company of Horses fundraising event.
This year the event will be a celebration of the organization’s 25th year! The event will take place at Brickhouse Equestrian Center, home of Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, 2669 Hamilton Road, Johns Island.
CATR improves the lives of children and adults with disabilities at the area’s oldest nationally accredited therapeutic horseback riding center. For 25 years the CATR staff has been helping students build confidence, improve strength and gain skills they never thought possible. In 1991 CATR had one instructor, six volunteers four horses and two students.
Today nine nationally certified therapeutic riding instructors work together with 150 volunteers and twelve therapy horses to serve 170 individuals a year at our 43-acre farm on Johns Island. Over the years, CATR’s programs have expanded to include wounded military veterans and special education students from local public schools. In addition, CATR has recently begun construction on a Covered Arena, which marks a major step forward in its development. For the next 25 years and beyond CATR’s Covered Arena will provide our students with consistent lessons and expanded programs.
The ‘In the Company of Horses’ event on Sunday, April 10 benefits CATR’s Scholarship Program, which is essential to providing therapeutic riding to 170 individuals with disabilities each year. This family-friendly event includes an elegant dinner by Tristan Events, drinks by EVO Pizza and Southern Eagle, music by The Sweetgrass Revival, a live auction by Doug Warner, a therapeutic riding demonstration by current CATR students and more.
For tickets visit https://catr.ejoinme.org/inthecompanyofhorses or call CATR’s office at 843.559.6040. 2016 Event Sponsors include Grand Champion Sponsor: Addy’s Harbor Dodge; Winner’s Circle Sponsor: Charleston Veterinary Referral Center; Blue Ribbon Sponsors: BAIRD, Bearing Marine Brokerage, LLC, Carolina Retail Property, Inc., Glasspro, Kiawah Cares, Kiawah Island Real Estate, Seaside Construction & Remodeling, Steinberg Law Firm, The Urban Electric Company, Van Smith Block Company, LLC, Wells Fargo; In-Kind Sponsors: Digital Graphics, EVO Pizza, Southern Eagle Distributing, LLC, Tristan Events.