Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center
Appalachian Therapeutic Riding Center 


Silver Saddles Sessions

 ATRC will offer a riding class, the Silver Saddles Program, for able-bodied people over age 55. You do not need to have prior experience with horses to join this group.  Silver Saddles gives first-time and “used to ride years ago” riders a chance to groom, tack, learn basic horsemanship in a relaxed social environment that will be therapeutic in nature.   Each rider can set their personal goals along with the help of a certified therapeutic riding instructor.

School Sessions

ATRC offers sessions focused on reading and literacy to students in Yancey County. Currently partnering with Burnsville Elementary School, helping children struggling with social and emotional challenges. This program is supported by the Yancey Fund and MACF

Mitchell County Schools sends children in the Exeptional Children's Program who are sponsored by Mitchell Co. Spelcial Olympics.

ATRC Summer Camps

ATRC  hosts summer camps for many different groups. 

Camps run M-F from 9-12 with the exception of the Preschool and Physical Therapy camps which are shorter hours.

Cost is $300 for the 3 hour camps and $150 for the 1 1/2 hour camps. Scholarship help is available.


FOR 2024:

Preschool Camp-

ages 3-5

6/17-6/21 M-F

9-10:30 or 11-12:30


Girl Power-ages 8-12

Mental Health

6/24-6/28 M-F



Literacy-grades 2-5

7/8-7/12 M-F



Superman-ages 8-12

Mental Health

7/15-7/19 M-F



Physical Therapy


every other week day


Time TBD





Spring and fall sessions last 8 weeks.

Fees charged are for the 8-week session, not per class. Currently the cost for a session is $280 ($35/lesson). Silver Saddles classes are $40/lesson.

One week of make-up lesson times are set at the end of each session. Only 1 make-up lesson is offered per rider for each session. If the rider misses more than 1 class in a session the remaining classes will not be made up.

Yearly paperwork and fees are due 2 weeks before the beginning of the session.

Scholarship applications are due by February 15 for Spring session and August 1 for Fall session.

For forms, click Riders or Volunteers and follow the instuctions provided. 



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