Albany Therapeutic Riding Center announces fund drive

NEW SCOTLAND — Albany Therapeutic Riding Center has launched a fundraising drive to help with operational expenses including but not limited to: veterinary and farrier care, horse feed, equipment, lesson supplies, retired therapy horse care, and maintenance.

ATRC operates on a modest budget comprised of donations and funding allocations, but some funding sources have declined due to cutbacks. ATRC’s volunteer board of directors has launched a fundraising drive to help raise monies to close these funding gaps.

The center is a registered 501c3 not-for-profit charity and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Donations may be made by mailing checks, made payable to Albany Therapeutic Riding Center, to: ATRC, 182 Martin Road Extension Voorheesville, NY 12186 or by credit or debit card via an online site www.gofundme.com/bdjwk8.

ATRC also welcomes cash and deposit bottle redemption receipts. A variety of corporate sponsorships are also available for interested businesses.

Located in New Scotland at the base of the Helderberg escarpment, the riding center has been providing equine-assisted therapy to differently-abled individuals since 1981. Christine Lehman holds certification as a therapeutic riding instructor with Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International.

Persons with a wide range of physical, emotional, and cognitive conditions including but not limited to autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, and stroke may be aided by equine therapy.

In addition to providing therapy services, ATRC provides a permanent home for its retired therapy horses.

For more information on the funding drive or volunteer opportunities, contact Linda Masullo at clmasullo@nycap.rr.com.

Editor’s note: Clare Mertz is a volunteer with the Albany Therapeutic Riding Center.

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