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CATRA’s Largest Annual Fundraising Event

CATRA-Thon is a day when riders, family members, volunteers, and friends come together and have fun while supporting the Capital Area Therapeutic Riding Association. We watch riders on horses, smile at the mini horse parade, discover treasures at the silent auction, and eat great food. Make plans to join us; It won’t be complete without you.

CATRA-THON is held at CATRA’s facility.
168 Station Rd, Grantville, PA 17028
Start Fundraising

Starting now through October 19, 2024 gathering pledges and become a CATRA Champion!

  • You can go to
    • Click on Register Now to start fundraising online. Then share your personal link in email, texts, or on social media.

  • We’ve included a pledge sheet to help you keep track of all your offline pledges.  Remember to bring this form and your pledges to CATRA-thon between 1PM-6PM, October 19, 2024 to be eligible for prizes and to celebrate your accomplishments.


There are prizes to win!

$50 in pledges allows CATRA riders to participate in the afternoon ride around the farm (weather permitting) and the CATRA-thon parades.

$50 in pledges allows Mini horse handlers to participate in a special miniature horse exhibition at CATR-A-Thon.

$100 in pledges receives a CATRA t-shirt.

$300 in pledges receives a CATRA sweatshirt.

$500 in pledges receives a CATRA jacket or hooded sweatshirt.

$1,000 or more in collected pledges receives all three prizes.

Download the CATR-A-Thon Pledge Sheet

CATRA’s Benefit Ride

Catra’s Benefit Ride is an opportunity for horse enthusiasts of all ages from across Central PA to come together and support therapeutic riding for the many children, adolescents, and adults in the region who can benefit from it. If the weather allows, the ride will move out of the ring and “onto the farm!” Create an online web page and start collecting pledges now. A minimum of $100 in pledges required to participate in the trail ride.

Two-Hour Ride

This 2-hour trail ride is led by CATRA co-founder Shirley Nolt and begins at 9 am (registration at 8 am).

Free T-Shirt

All riders receive an official CATRA t-shirt. Afterward, riders are treated to a bountiful lunch and a fun-filled day at CATRA-Thon. Minimum of $100 in pledges required to participate in this event.

Ride Considerations and Guidelines

  • The length of the pleasure ride is planned at 2-hours; however, length is an approximation.
  • Safety and courtesy toward other riders MUST be observed at all times.
  • Please keep in mind the varying abilities of the riders.
  • Before you begin trotting or cantering make certain it does not pose a risk to you or other riders.
  • The ride will be mostly walking.
  • It is recommended that all riders wear an approved helmet during the ride. Riders under 18 yr. are required to wear a helmet. Riders may borrow helmets from CATRA.
  • It is expected that all riders will fully respect the trail and property minimizing any damage – no smoking or littering on the trail.
  • It is expected that all riders will maintain control of their horse while providing sound and humane treatment during both their time at CATRA and on the trail.
  • Riders will ride only on the designated trail and not trespass.
  • All tack should be appropriately marked with rider identification.
  • Please do not bring dogs or other animals on the trail ride or to CATRA-thon.
  • In consideration and respect for all riders, please plan to arrive for onsite registration at 8 am and be prepared to depart on the ride by 9 am.


In addition to a trail ride and various parades at CATRA, your sponsors can earn you prizes!

$100 in pledges recieves a CATRA t-shirt
$300 in pledges receives a CATRA sweatshirt
$500 in pledges receives a CATRA jacket / hooded sweatshirt
$1,000 or more in collected pledges receives all three prizes.

To be eligible for prizes and to ride, pledges must be collected and turned in at CATRA-thon.

Download the CATRA-thon Pledge Sheet

Register to Ride

Fill out the brief registration below, download your pledge sheet, and get started collecting pledges today!

Silent Auction


A silent auction differs from a “live” auction because there’s no auctioneer and bids are made silently. The items to be auctioned are placed on tables in the indoor ring for viewing. Each item includes a bidding sheet which has a brief description of the item, a starting bid, a minimum bid increase, and blank lines used to offer bids. If you’ve found an item you want, write down your name, and your bid.


Throughout the afternoon, keep an eye on those bid sheets to be sure to stay in the running!


The silent auction is a signature event at CATRA-Thon and a great way to get a jump on Holiday shopping! Tables upon tables are arranged with gift baskets, games, household items, and many one-of-a-kind treasures. CATRA’s silent auction runs on donations.

Chicken BBQ and Food Court

CATRA-Thon ‘Food Court’ serves up delicious hot dogs, hamburgers, soups, cupcakes, brownies. The list goes on and on. There’s always plenty to eat at CATRA-Thon.

Best Chicken BBQ in Town

In order to allow for preparation, the chicken BBQ must be pre-ordered and can be picked up during CATRA-Thon. Don’t miss out on this event specialty! Chicken Dinners are $12.00. Pre-order your chicken dinners now.

Food and beverage donations are greatly appreciated.
Make a Donation to the CATRA-Thon ‘Food Court’

Schedule Of The Day


Saturday, October 19, 2024

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Benefit Trail Ride

C’mon out and join us in the morning for the Benefit Trail Ride.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
CATRA Rider Registration Begins
Register to ride in a riding event.
1:00 PM
CATRA Riders Farm Trail Ride
Food & Drink for sale throughout the day
Silent Auction begins
2:00-4:00 PM
Chicken BBQ

Chicken BBQ start, best in town.

3:00 – 3:45 PM
Mini-Parade Setup
Start getting ready for Mini Parade. Mini Handlers preparing -upper arena
3:45 – 4:30 PM
Miniature Horse Parade
Miniature Horse Parade – A drill team of mini handlers in formation.
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Music performed by Amanda Sachs and David Winter.

5:30 PM
Silent Auction Ends
Silent Auction Ends.
6:00 – 7:30 PM
End of Event
Event ends at 6:00 PM and clean up begins. Volunteers are needed until 7:30 PM