13620 Halleluiah Trail
Elbert, CO 80106
Phone: (719) 495-3908
Fax: (719) 494-1689
BRIEF HISTORY OF PPTRCOriginally called Acts 19:11 because of the “miracles” of therapeutic riding, PPTRC started in 1981 after several families asked Gay O’Rourke for horseback riding lessons for their children with disabilities and illnesses. (The quote referred to special miracles wrought through Paul, which was the name of their first pony.) Since becoming incorporated in 1982, we have been providing equine assisted activities to individuals facing physical, cognitive, emotional, behavioral and learning challenges.
In 1989 Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding center earned their accreditation through PATH, the national membership and credentialing association for equine assisted activities. This credential demonstrates our implementation of the required core standards to ensure safety and quality within the field of equine assisted activities. We currently maintain the highest level of accreditation, that of Premier Accredited Center.
The programming demands at PPTRC steadily increased. We were invited by the Pikes Peak Range Rider Foundation to make 30 acres of their Latigo Heritage Equine Center in northeast El Paso County our new home. We greatly appreciate the Range Riders for their space and generosity as they lease this space to us for $1/year, a value of $18,000 per year. With the help of numerous volunteers and generous donors, renovations were made and we moved into our new home in March of 2004.
Currently, PPTRC provides approximately 2601 classes per year within their schedule to an average of 110 clients per week. This is only possible through the support of 150 incredible volunteers per week. Community partnerships are vital to our services, they include Memorial Hospital, Griffith Centers for Children, Cedar Springs Hospital, The Resource Exchange, Cerebral Palsy Association, the MS Alliance of Southern Colorado, Denver Options, Fort Carson, Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind, Lewis Palmer School District, and the El Paso County Department of Human Services.
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