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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

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)





Date: Saturday, January 31st at 9:00am
Location: Cherokee Ridge Horse Farm, Carencro, LA
Registration: $30 in advance; $35 race day


Kid's Half MileTrail Fun Run:
This run will be at 8.30am.
Cost is $5 paid on the day.



To Benefit Acadiana Therapeutic Riding Organization (ATRO), a 501C3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing equine interactive riding therapy to persons with disabilities.
Come and join us for this unique trail race through the beautiful Cherokee Ridge Horse Farm. The course will take you through pastures, woodland trails, and even a few small hills. This is a great trail for both beginners and more experienced trail runners.
The course is 10k (2 loops) or 5k (1 loop).
There will be refreshments and awards following the race.

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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!

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.




Rose is ATRO’s pretty Haflinger pony. She is a younger member of our herd around the age of 10.


Liz Wooster


Liz moved to the US from England 12 years ago and began volunteering with ATRO shortly after. She has four horses of her own that she trail rides.

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