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Welcome To CATRA

Capital Area Therapeutic
Riding Association

Located in Grantville, PA and founded by Ben and Shirley Nolt, they began offering therapeutic riding in the fall of 1985.
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Today, CATRA works with a wide variety of riders ranging from 12 months through senior citizen.

Riders from seven local counties and beyond participate on a weekly basis. CATRA’s therapeutic riding program operates on a trimester basis with classes beginning in January, May, and late September. CATRA offers opportunities well beyond its weekly therapeutic riding program.

37 Years And Going Strong

Since 1985

CATRA has offered an opportunity for Capital Area residents from all generations with all types of special and typical needs to establish an atmosphere of support, respect, and health. We come together in an equestrian farm enviroment offering a therapeutic riding experience to those able to benefit from it.

Our Horses

It takes a special horse to provide the patience and heart to support any rider. The CATRA horses and ponies serve more than 100 clients during each session in our therapeutic riding programs.

What We Do

We come together in an equestrian farm environment offering a therapeutic riding experience to those able to benefit from it.

Mission and Vision

CATRA provides quality equine and animal-assisted therapeutic programs to the people of the Capital area.

Our vision is to be a center of excellence where equines and other animals enrich the lives of people of all abilities to enhance physical, spiritual, intellectual, mental, emotional, and social well-being through a holistic approach.


Ride at CATRA

The benefits of Therapeutic Horseback Riding are threefold: physical, psychological and social.

Riders interact with a wide variety of individuals while at the barn for their lessons. Other riders, family members, aides, and volunteers are all a part of the lesson environment. Riders become members of a much larger community made up of individuals with common interests and goals.

New Riders

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Returning Riders

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Learning About Catra

Volunteers interact with participants with special needs, helping them through therapeutic horseback riding lessons and other activities at The Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association, Inc., Grantville, PA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.


Kentucky Derby Gala

Join the fun and excitment of the Kentucky Derby Gala.

Live and Silent Auction

Cocktails and Great Food

Derby Hat Contest and Music

Don’t Miss This Event
  • When

  • Friday May 5, 2023

  • Event starts at 6:00 PM

  • Where

  • Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course
    777 Hollywood Blvd, Grantville, PA 17028

Noah’s Nook


Area students – regardless of reading level – are invited to read to CATRA dogs, cats, horses, and other farm animals.
Small but fun horses


The Miniature Horse Extravaganza is a team of Miniature Horses that have been trained by CATRA volunteers under the guidance of CATRA co-founder, Ben Nolt.
Learn the skills


Students of all ages will learn a variety of skills from care and grooming to safety.

Little Teachers


Participants 4-14 years of agre are invited to join our 3-day experiential intensive Mini Lovers Day Camp.
Unicorn Quest


Children ages 8-12 and their parent/guardian are invited to participate. The course is designed to promote healthy choices, effective communication skills and volunteerism using equine-assisted learning.
College Students


Each year CATRA hosts ‘Alternative Break’ students from various colleges and universities in the United States.