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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

Family Fun Day 2015


ATRO’s 2014 Family Fun Day annual fundraiser is approaching! Please mark your calendars for Saturday September 19th, from 10am to 2 pm. ATRO is excited to announce that this year’s event will be held at Lafayette’s “Cabbage Patch” located at the corner of St. Landry St and Coliseum Rd behind Blackham Coliseum. This event will be free to the public and have games and activities for all family members.

We are currently recruiting corporate sponsors for the event. Please use the sponsorship forms available below to sponsor a booth for this event.

Help us make Family Fun Day even bigger and better than ever!




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!



Dreamer is an Arab and Quarter Horse cross who joined ATRO in the fall of 2010. He was donated by Chester Lyons and he is in his upper teens.




Star is a grade quarter horse gelding that joined the ATRO team in August 2014. Star was donated by the Thibodeaux family. Star has been an all-around family horse prior to joining ATRO. Star’s easy going nature has allowed him to jump right into the therapeutic riding arena and he’s quickly becoming a favorite mount. ATRO is excited to have Star join our team.










Anne Babineaux, M.S.


Anne Babineaux is a Certified Therapeutic Riding Instuctor who got involved with ATRO in 2000. She began as a Volunteer and later Interned and became an Instructor in 2004.

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