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HORSE SHOWS

Throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall CATRA attends and hosts a variety of horse shows. Below is a complete list of all our shows for the year. We look forward to seeing you there. 



Thorncroft

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Thorncroft is not only a big commitment on the part of the rider but for many of our riders also on the parents. If the parents would like their child to go or a rider feels he/she would like to compete, they can ask the instructor if they are qualified to participate.  Riders are also invited by the instructor if they are mature in their focus and have exhibited improvement from month to month.

Thorncroft is a single day competition. A class may be as early as 8am and as late at 6pm, or they may be all done in one hour. We have no control over the schedule. Times that a rider competes are sent 2 weeks prior so that you have time to plan your day.

The competition is a great place to set and reach goals. Each year riders strive to reach higher levels within the competition – as you would in any sport.

Cost varies from year to year but plan on spending about $150 to participate in the event.

When
The Handicapped Riders Division of the Devon Horse Show – better known as “Thorncroft“ began in May of 1986. Thorncroft takes place in May of every year on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

Thorncroft

Thorncroft is not only a big commitment on the part of the rider but for many of our riders also on the parents. If the parents would like their child to go or a rider feels he/she would like to compete, they can ask the instructor if they are qualified to participate.  Riders are also invited by the instructor if they are mature in their focus and have exhibited improvement from month to month.

Thorncroft is a single day competition. A class may be as early as 8am and as late at 6pm, or they may be all done in one hour. We have no control over the schedule. Times that a rider competes are sent 2 weeks prior so that you have time to plan your day.

The competition is a great place to set and reach goals. Each year riders strive to reach higher levels within the competition – as you would in any sport.

When
The Handicapped Riders Division of the Devon Horse Show – better known as “Thorncroft“ began in May of 1986. Thorncroft takes place in May of every year on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.

Open Schooling Show hosted by CATRA

Each year CATRA hosts a benefit horse show at the Twin Brooks Horse Show Grounds. The 2024 show will take place on Saturday, June 29th and August 24th beginning at 10:00 am.

CATRA Open Schooling Shows

Each year CATRA hosts a Open Schooling Horse Shows at the Twin Brooks Horse Show Grounds. The 2024 show will take place on Saturday, June 29th and August 24th beginning at 10:00 am. 

The focus of the CATRA Open Schooling Shows is to offer many different types of classes to competitors of many different abilities.

The various classes offer new and accomplished riders fantastic challenges in all types of classes. The show is open to both new and experienced riders.

COST – The fee to enter each class is $10.00

REGISTRATION – Registration is accepted the day of the show.

RIBBONS & AWARDS

  • Class ribbons will be awarded through 8th Place. Participant ribbons will be given to others in some classes.
  • Champion, Reserve, and Bronze will be awarded for each Division.
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Miniature Horse Extravaganza

Team:
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.

Regional Shows:
All the minis are also used as therapy animals on the farm. The Miniature Horse Extravaganza has performed each year at the PA Farm Show since 2013 and at PA Ag Days in Penn State since 2012.

Inspiration:
Some of CATRA’s miniature horses have been lucky enough to visit local seniors, brighten their days, and leave them with wonderful memories.

Team Members:
Interested in learning more about becoming a team member on the Miniature Horse Extravaganza?

Miniature Horse Extravaganza

Team:
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.

Regional Shows:
All the minis are also used as therapy animals on the farm. The Miniature Horse Extravaganza has performed each year at the PA Farm Show since 2013 and at PA Ag Days in Penn State since 2012.

Inspiration:
Some of CATRA’s miniature horses have been lucky enough to visit local seniors, brighten their days, and leave them with wonderful memories.

Team Members:
Interested in learning more about becoming a team member on the Miniature Horse Extravaganza?

Our Mission

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.

Ben Nolt
Ben Nolt
President/Co-Founder
Shirley Nolt
Shirley Nolt
Lead Instructor/Co-founder
Maiya Harris
Maiya Harris
Director of Events & Outreach
Cathy Gaster
Cathy Gaster
Administrative Assistant
Jen Beck
Jen Beck
Barn Manager
Aspen Byrd
Aspen Byrd
Assistant Barn Manager

Get In Touch With Our Team To Learn How You Can Help

Give us a call, email us or come by and visit. We are a non-profit organization, all help and volunteers are welcome.