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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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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
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.

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.

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

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.


Ryan Gallagher Memorial
Bowl-A-Thon 2024

Make plans to join us!

Gather your family & friends for some bowling fun. Register online & create your own fundraising page. Get ready for fun and prizes at our Bowl-A-Thon.

Don’t Miss This Event
  • When

  • Saturday, April 6

  • 2:00 – 4:00 PM

  • Where

  • ABC North Lanes
    5303 Locust Ln, Harrisburg, PA 17109
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.

Memorial Bowl-A-Thon

Annual Event


CATRA’s Largest Annual Fundraiser

Motorcycle Ride

Miles For Smiles