Our History

Founded in 1974, LTR was the original pilot program for therapeutic riding in Virginia.

The program was created by Loudoun County 4-H Leader Barbara Baird and Journalist and LCPS School Board Member Leonard Warner under the auspices of the Loudoun County Agricultural Extension Service.

Since 1974, we’ve connected people with physical, intellectual, and emotional challenges to the healing power of horses.

We invite you to share our success stories, meet our horses, staff, and volunteers, and become a part of the wonder.

A Leader in the Industry

LTR was one of the first centers in the U.S. to earn accreditation from the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA). Later renamed the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Int’l), LTR is proud to be a PATH International Premier Accredited Center (www.pathintl.org), and one of only two PACs in Loudoun County. As a PAC, LTR is also delighted to host on-site PATH Intl. Workshops and Certifications for new and upcoming instructors.

Additionally, LTR is a member of the Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia (TRAV – www.travinc.org), the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, and the Loudoun Equine Alliance.

A Partner in the Community

Our community partnerships and collaborations include:

  • Loudoun County Public Schools
  • Loudoun County Parks, Recreation & Community Services
  • North Spring Behavioral Healthcare
  • Northern Virginia Community College Veterinary Technology & Occupational Therapy Assistant Programs
  • Shenandoah University’s Division of Occupational Therapy
  • Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia

Our Mission

Loudoun Therapeutic Riding embraces the power of the horse and equine-assisted services to promote well-being and community inclusion for people with physical, cognitive, and mental health challenges. 

Our Values