Our mission: to offer the miraculous benefits of therapeutic horseback riding to persons of all ages and capabilities that are physically, mentally or emotionally challenged. Serving the heart of Florida since 1985, Marion Therapeutic Riding Association (MTRA) is a PATH Premier Accredited organization.
MTRA Summer Horse Camp
Marion Therapeutic Riding Association is excited to offer summer camp again for the first time since COVID-19 hit our community. We will be offering five weeks of camp open to children ages 7 to 16, whether they experience physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges or not, from Wednesdays through Saturdays between 9 AM and 12 PM. Camp is offered first come, first served basis. Participants will learn horsemanship and riding skills, enjoy art and water activities, and interact with peers in a safe and fun setting at the farm! For more information, call (352) 732-7300, or email Catherine@mtraocala.org.
Marion Therapeutic Riding Association provides therapeutic horseback riding and Equine Assisted Learning Activities for children and adults living with physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges in our community. As an approved provider through some health insurance companies, individuals may see if our services are covered through insurance. Some programming is provided at no cost for qualified participants through grants and fundraising, and we now offer Peer to Peer fundraising campaigns that makes fundraising for a specific person easily accessible.
We also have a limited number of scholarships available on occasion. The program income provides only 10-15% of the funding needed annually to keep our services in place and to cover the very high costs of feeding and maintaining horses, maintaining our PATH Premiere certified facility, overhead costs such as insurance, staff and certified PATH instructors. Therefore, we rely heavily on the generosity of the community and its businesses and corporations through donations, grants and other funding.
For nearly 40 years, MTRA has provided these unique and valuable services to Marion and surrounding Counties on a continuous basis. Located in the heart of the Horse Capital of the World™, beautiful and temperate Ocala, Florida, we strive to put the spotlight on these wonderful animals who keep our thriving community together. If you have questions about our program, please email our Executive Director, or call our offices Tuesday through Saturday at 352-732-7300.
MTRA is located on Florida Greenway land and our facility was originally built with a Community Block Grant from Marion County. We are thankful for the state and our community for providing us with a beautiful and safe place to nurture our clients. To learn more about the Florida Greenway, please click on the logo at right to visit their website.
Our friends at the Equus Inn are happy to accommodate you!