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Now Enrolling!

The Acadiana Therapeutic Riding Organization is now accepting participant applications for the upcoming session!

New Volunteer Training

ATRO will be hosting a new volunteer training on Saturday August 23rd from 9 am to 12 pm.

Family Fun Day 2014

ATRO’s 2014 Family Fun Day annual fundraiser is approaching! Please mark your calendars for Saturday November 1st, from 10am to 2 pm.FFD2013-01 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 2014


Saturday September 27, 2014
9:00 to 11:30
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, October 10 and end on November 7 (5 Fridays).

(If a makeup class is necessary it will be held on Friday, November 14). 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 October 10 through November 7 (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!

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.


Little Tex


Little Tex stands out as “the white horse” or at least he does when he isn’t completely covered in mud (which our volunteers will tell you is never). He loves a good roll after class!




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.

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