North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center Empowers Veterans
Blog Post by Veteran Outreach Liaison Cory Spoor
I thoroughly enjoyed my recent trip to the North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center (NCTRC).
The center's mission is to empower children and adults with physical, mental, emotional and social challenges to create more active, healthy and fulfilling lives through equine-assisted activities and therapies.
Executive Director Lara Katz informed me of the programs and services that are provided to veterans, typically those diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As a veteran myself, this made it imperative to make a trip to the NCTRC.
During my recent visit, I was greeted by Lara and Program Director Jackie Cole. I instantly felt welcomed.
I played with their sweet dog Dottie and then went on a tour and interacted with several horses and ponies. All of the animals were friendly and had their own personalities.
The peaceful environment left me feeling relaxed and calm, and I immediately recognized the many benefits this location can provide to all veterans.
Many veterans, especially those with PTSD, have numerous stressors that can be taken away even just from one trip to the center.
There are countless activities that veterans can partake in such as therapeutic riding, working with the horses, and maintaining the grounds. I believe the horses can raise anyone’s spirits and put a smile on anyone's face.
During my hour-long tour, it was evident that the entire staff always strives to provide a positive experience for all visitors. It was a true pleasure to see their sincerity in assisting children, adults, and veterans.