ATRO Volunteer Appreciation Party

The first thing we like to do at the start of each year is to recognize and show our appreciation to the volunteers that gave their time the previous year. We held our annual photo 4volunteer appreciation party on January 8, 2014 to honor and thank the volunteers that helped in 2013. These volunteers are the lifeblood of our program. All of you familiar with the ATRO program know that we could not have lessons without our side walkers and horse handlers.

Two of our long-term volunteers who received plaques as ATRO volunteers of the year 2013 were Dailene Melancon and Theresa Sellers.

We also had ten volunteers who were recognized for their particularly generous volunteer time in 2013, exceeding 60 hours each. They were Nelson Waguespack with 90 hours, Ron Bertinot with 87 hours, Dailene Melancon with 78.25 hours, Marsha Harris with 77.5 hours, Priscilla Forest with 74 hours, Jean Rosen with 66.75 hours, Theresa Sellers with 72.75 hours, Christine Bourgeois with 63.5 hours, Donna Patten with 61.5 hours and Liz Wooster with 60.75 hours.

photo 3This year, we created a special award for Parent of the Year and presented Allison Leblanc this Plaque for her tireless work, her dedication, and her willingness to help in the projects, fundraisers and development of the ATRO programs.

Our final award was given to Bill Langford for his years of support and generosity to Acadiana Therapeutic Riding Organization.

If you were there at the party, we thank you for attending and thank you for all you do for ATRO. If you didn’t make the party, we hope to see you there next year. It’s something that our staff enjoys doing for you, our volunteers, the heart of our therapeutic riding program.

Contributed by Anne Babineaux, instructor for ATRO.

The 3rd Annual Cherokee Chase run was a success!


Wow! we could not have picked better weather. In a month of cold, wet and icy conditions, last Saturday, the day of our Cherokee Chase Trail Run, turned out to be 70 degrees dry and sunny!

Approximately 90 runners came out to run through the beautiful trails and pastures of Cherokee Ridge Horse farm. Some came from as far as Alexandria and Lake Charles but all who came had a great time. The trails were in great shape thanks to all the guys at Cherokee who worked to clear the briars and fill in the big mud holes.

On the day volunteers came out and manned aid stations, helped with registration and worked the finish line. Four ATRO therapy horses and four other horses and their riders did their part by marshaling on the course, making sure that the runners knew which way to go. While back at the finish line, Walgreens Carencro store gave out water and Gator aid and had first aid supplies on hand. Next to them Colt Patin (chef and ATRO parent) cooked up his delicious Jambalaya for everyone to enjoy.

We would like to thank the runners, volunteers and of course our sponsors for making this event a big success for the 3rd year running!


Physical Therapy Works

Seven Oaks Consulting

Regions Insurance

Jim Olivier Home Improvements Co

Geaux Run

Cajun Road Runners Club