What We Do
CATRA offers 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 environment offering a therapeutic riding and animal assisted experience to those able to benefit from it.
The Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association (CATRA) is located in Grantville, PA and founded by Ben and Shirley Nolt who began offering therapeutic riding in the Fall of 1985.
CATRA is a 501(c)3 Non-profit corporation. Our Board of Directors is made up of 8 and comprises various members of our community who want to help make an impact in the world.
Board of Directors
Ben Nolt, Jr:
Executive Secretary (retired)
PA State Horse RAcing Commission
Mark Dietrich:Trident Missile Program
Karen L. Wilbert:CPA, MBA – Principal
Strategic CFO Solutions, LLC
Amy DiNunzio:Editorial Assistant
Shirley Nolt:Therapeutic Riding Instructor
Carmon Weldi :
Doctor of Physical Therapy
UPMC Harrisburg – Pediatrics
Past Executive Director of CATRA
Take A Step Back In Time
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.