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.

2024 MTRA Charity Golf Tournament

FEBRUARY 26, 2024Play to win and help MTRA! Join us for our 8th Annual MTRA Golf Tournament & Fundraiser at the beautiful Country Club of Ocala. COUNTRY CLUB OF OCALA, 6823 SOUTHEAST 12TH CIRCLE, OCALA, FL 34480This will be a four-man scramble with cash prizes,...


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...

Horse Talk features MTRA

We always appreciate the in depth interviews provided by Horse Talk radio with Louisa Barton and Dancing Pete!

Our mission: Marion Therapeutic Riding Association strives to enhances 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!

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