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Horse Activity for Veterans

Cherokee Ridge Horse Farm is hosting a Horse Activity (Ground Work only) for Veterans or Active Military on Sunday January 18 , 2015 from 2:00--4:00pm.
Family members (Adults only) are invited as audience members. This program is free but registration is required and is limited to the first 20 Veterans or Active Military that
Please call Bill at 337-280-1535 or Anne at 337-233-8911 or visit

ATRO's Second Annual Horse Show is coming!


Sunday May 24th; Registration at 8:00 am, Walkthroughs at 8:30 am

Enttrailride2014ry fees: $40/division, $25 for Novice and Wrangler

Arena will be open Saturday 2-5pm for practice $20/horse; Trails will be open Saturday for $20 as well.

Pre-entries are appreciated

The show is again being held on Memorial Day weekend. Practice in the arena and trail rides will be held on Saturday May 23 and the show will be Sunday May 24. Please download the flyer for further information.

All proceeds from the show will go directly to ATRO's scholarship fund. This fund allows riders who may need some financial assistance to participate in our program. Please help us spread the word and find sponsors for the obstacles.

Sponsorships start at $50. Please download the sponsorship packet for further details.

This event was a huge success last year, and should be just as much fun this year. Come out and join us!

Bring your horse and compete; there are divisions for almost all skill levels of horses and riders. Or you can come and meet other horsemen, watch our riders demonstrate their skills, have a great time. If you are interested in helping out, please let us know.

See you there!





WOMEN AND HORSES: Intro to Women’s Equine Series 2015


Saturday March 7, 2015
9:00 to 12:00
Fee: $50.00
Location: Cherokee Horse Farm (map below)
Attendance: 6 – 12 Participants

 No horse experience necessary. Designed for women, this 3 hour interactive (ground work only) orientation introduces you to the nature of the horse, basic communication, grooming and safety. Perfect for women with no equine experience or those wishing to escape their demanding responsibilities for a few hours and relax with a friend. Taught in a safe, small group by licensed, gentle, certified instructors, the session will be held at the beautiful Cherokee Ridge Horse Farm in Carencro. (Boots or tennis shoes suggested footwear).

This program is a prerequisite for the 5-week Women’s Equine Series* that will begin, on Friday, MArch 20 and end on April 17 (5 Fridays).

To register for Saturday’s session call: 337-233-8911 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Facilitated by: Anne E. Babineaux M.A. and Dixie B. Ferrata, M.S. Both are certified therapeutic riding instructors of the Acadiana Therapeutic Riding Organization (ATRO).

• Please note: if you are interested in the Five Week Women's Personal Growth Through Equine Series that will begin on Friday MArch 20 through April 17 (Friday mornings 9:00-12:00) the above Intro Session is a Prerequisite. Please contact Anne to register for this Series as well. Space is limited to 4-5 participants. Fee for the Series is $300. (Boots recommended for the equine series)


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"At Cherokee Ridge"

  Sometimes at night

 When dust and gravel

 Sift through my brain

 I go to Cherokee Ridge

 Where the sun basks

 On women who get up close,

 Dip into pots

 And smear pictures

 On live horses,

 The colors blooming on

 The backs of horses

 The colors blooming out

 Of fingers

 In Rosie's mane

 I am in my granddaughter's hair

 Smoothing out tangles

 Minding the brushstrokes

 Flowers here are lifted

 Freed from their cases

 We set them in warm beds.

 We comb until something blossoms

 Debra Bailey--

Meet ATRO!

Patricia Foreman


Patricia Foreman has 28+ years of experience in the teaching profession. She earned her Masters in Education and Special Education from the University of Louisiana in Lafayette.


Lorain Gilbert-Fontana, PT, MHS


Lorain Gilbert-Fontana, PT, MHS, has been an instructor with ATRO since 2004, having been a volunteer for many years prior to getting her certification. She is the owner of Physical Therapy Works in Lafayette, LA and has been a physical therapist for 37 years.




JJ is the oldest of the ATRO horses, but at 27 years young he is still going strong. He was donated to the program in 2007 by the Thibodeaux family.

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