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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.




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.

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. 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!




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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!



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




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.


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.

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