Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center
Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center 

About us 

The Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center (ATRC) was founded in 1986 and is located on 15 acres in the beautiful South Toe Valley. ATRC is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency and has 3 Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship Certified instructors. Additionally physical, occupational, speech and mental health therapists are often involved, either hands on or acting as consultants. 


Our Mission


            Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center provides therapeutic horseback riding and non-mounted individualized programs for people with physical, cognitive and/ or emotional challenges in a safe, structured environment.


Our Values

Equity, Excellence, Collaboration, Stewardship


            ATRC believes that individuals with developmental and physical challenges are entitled to respect, dignity and safe opportunities for growth and fun.


            ATRC believes in the power of the horse to enrich and empower our clients' lives, guided by evidence-based science and best practices in equine therapy.


            ATRC believes in collaboration with our community partners, staff and volunteers, to ensure our clients' needs are met to the best of our ability.


            ATRC believes in good stewardship of our horses, facilities and the funds entrusted to us by our generous donors. 



            ATRC believes in working hard to ensure that our organization remains strong and adaptable to the changing needs of our community now and in the future.






Mailing address:

176 Chimney Ridge
Burnsville, NC 28714


Physical address:

299 Riding Center Road


Barn phone:

828-675-5630 (land line)





ATRC - Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center