Welcome to the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association (MTRA), where our heart beats with a BIG mission: to empower and uplift individuals living with physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges through the healing power of horses. For four decades, MTRA has been a beacon of hope and support in Marion and surrounding counties, offering transformative therapeutic horseback riding and Equine Assisted Learning Activities.

Our journey began 40 years ago, and since then, we’ve been steadfast in our commitment to enhancing the lives of children and adults in our community. As a cherished part of Ocala, Florida — the esteemed Horse Capital of the World™ — we celebrate the remarkable bond between humans and horses, leveraging this connection to foster growth, healing, and joy.

Proudly, we are a PATH Premiere Accredited Center, a recognition that underscores our dedication to providing the highest standard of therapeutic equestrian activities. Our team of instructors are not only passionate about their work but are also Credentialed Therapeutic Riding Instructors (CTRI), ensuring that each participant receives expert, compassionate guidance tailored to their unique journey.

We understand the financial considerations of accessing quality therapeutic services, which is why we are an approved provider through select health insurance companies. Moreover, we are proud to offer some of our programs at no cost for eligible participants, thanks to the generous support we receive through grants, fundraising, and our innovative Peer to Peer campaigns, designed to make supporting an individual’s journey more accessible.

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2025 TEE UP FOR MTRA Charity Golf Tournament

FEBRUARY 24, 2025Play to win and help MTRA! Join us for our 9th Annual MTRA Golf Tournament & Fundraiser at the beautiful Country Club of Ocala. COUNTRY CLUB OF OCALA, 6823 SOUTHEAST 12TH CIRCLE, OCALA, FL 34480Join us for an exciting four-person scramble...

Not-So-Spooky FALL FESTIVAL

October 7, 2023 — 10am-3pm All ages welcome Join us for our annual NOT SO SPOOKY Halloween Fall Festival and bring the whole family! Car Show Trick or Treating Vendors Live Entertainment Horse Poop BINGO! Costume Contest Hay Rides Scavenger Hunts and MORE!

Jim Stecker: MTRA loses a true hero

On September 13, 2023, MTRA lost a vital and important member of our team. Jim Stecker was an amazing volunteer for MTRA before joining our Board of Directors in 2017, promptly taking on the serious job of Treasurer, a task he performed with incredible insight from...

Our scholarship opportunities, though limited, reflect our commitment to inclusivity and support, ensuring that financial barriers do not hinder anyone’s path to healing. It’s important to note that the income from our programs covers only a fraction of the costs required to maintain our excellence. The care of our horses, upkeep of our PATH Premiere certified facility, and the dedication of our staff and certified instructors necessitate ongoing community support. We are immensely grateful for the donations, grants, and partnerships that sustain our mission and enable us to continue our work.

As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we reflect on the countless lives touched and transformed through our services. Nestled on the pristine Florida Greenway land, our facility stands as a testament to community collaboration and support, initially established with a Community Block Grant from Marion County.

We invite you to explore, engage, and become part of the MTRA family. Whether you have questions, wish to contribute, or want to learn more about the Florida Greenway, we are here for you. Together, let’s continue to create a world where the therapeutic power of horses enriches lives, fosters resilience, and celebrates the human spirit. Connect with us to discover more about our mission and how you can be a part of this extraordinary journey. If you have questions about our program, please email our Executive Director, or call our offices Tuesday through Saturday at 352-732-7300.

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Our mission: Marion Therapeutic Riding Association strives to enhance lives using the healing power of human and horse connection. This unique pairing unleashes new abilities that grant purpose and envision greater opportunities. We serve persons of all capabilities with physical, emotional, or intellectual challenges through Equine Assisted Activities.

Serving the heart of Florida since 1985, Marion Therapeutic Riding Association (MTRA) is a PATH Premier Accredited organization.

Cross Florida Greenway Recreation & Parks

MTRA on the Greenway

MTRA has been hosted on land leased from the Cross Florida Greenway for over 30 years!