CTR | Annual Appeal to Donors
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Annual Appeal to Donors

Donate to CTR Today!

Dear Friend,

This has been a banner year for CTR! We have achieved goals that were always “in the plan,” but were far from reality for many years.

appeal-Dec2019cThe biggest achievement to date was BUYING THE FARM (in a good way)! After years of looking for the perfect farm for CTR, we entered into a two-year contract with Sally Hoedebecke to rent Serenity Hill Farm, while we raised the money to pursue the purchase of our forever home. After two years of applying for grant funding, conducting fundraisers, and reaching out to our community, we raised the capital funding needed for the down payment. On October 16, 2019, we settled on the farm and have been celebrating ever since!

Our forever farm allows CTR the autonomy to create the programming necessary for the vulnerable populations we serve, including children and adults with differing abilities and veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and anxiety, in a private, tranquil environment. Spend any time at all at the farm and you will know exactly what we mean.

appeal-Dec2019bHow did we achieve such lofty goals? With your support!

This year we proved that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE when we all work together toward the mission of CTR to deliver healing and learning to individuals and groups whose minds, bodies and spirits benefit from the transformative connection between people and horses.

We are so grateful that our community partners have continued to work with us in providing programming for the VA Maryland Health Care System, Harford County Public Library, Harford County Parks and Recreation Therapeutic Recreation Department, The Harford Center, The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region, The Goddard School, Citizens Care, Maryland School for the Blind, and Arrow Child and Family Ministries.

Our accomplishments this year are many, but there is so much more to do and many more people to serve!

Everyone has dreams and we want to continue to make as many of those dreams come true as possible. To do so, we need your help!


We must continue to raise capital funds for our recent farm purchase and mortgage. Your financial contribution also enables us to support connecting some of the most vulnerable people in our community with horses and adaptive/educational programming. We hear first-hand from those we serve that our programs provide hope, meaning, connectedness, peace, joy and more… all the stuff dreams are made of! The potential is limitless, but we need your support to continue to grow our programs and expand our services at our new farm!

Your tax-deductible gift makes a difference. Everyone can be a philanthropist!

You can be a part of making dreams come true by making a donation today. You have the power to change lives!

Boots on!

Cathy name
Cathy Schmidt
Founder and Executive Director


Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding, Inc., also known as CTR, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation under Internal Revenue Service regulations.  A copy of our current financial statement is available by writing CTR at P.O. Box 475 Abingdon, MD 21009 or by calling (443) 528-7793. Documents and information submitted under the Maryland Solicitations Act are also available, for the cost of postage and copies, from the Maryland Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis MD 21401, (410) 974-5534. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.



“We like to call CTR ‘one-stop shopping’, adaptive recreation and social skills all rolled into one visit. Whether she realizes it or not, Anna is working on skills that will help her be successful in life. But really, her focus is on the horse, the volunteers and the joy of riding.”
Carie ~ Anna’s mom











“I am grateful for CTR because it allows my 19 year old daughter, Samantha, to excel in a noncompetitive environment. She has autism and with that comes many challenging behaviors. Her confidence and self-esteem have greatly increased over the last eight years. Samantha also has mild scoliosis and riding helps her to maintain her posture while sitting on the horse. She has had an opportunity to ride most of the horses at CTR which allows her an opportunity to assess each horse and learn its differences. By doing this, Samantha learns that she may need to change her behavior to meet the needs of the horse, allowing her to become more adaptive to changing situations. She practices this important skill to use for the future. CTR is a phenomenal place. The funding you provide allows for children like Samantha to have a place to go where they feel accepted and have a sense of belonging. Your funding is essential to keeping this wonderful program moving forward to continue to brighten the lives of so many beautiful children.”
Michelle ~ Samantha’s mom







appeal-testimony-Brandon“Brandon and Ryan started riding at CTR back in January of 2016. I had heard about therapeutic riding several years ago, but when I first inquired about the program at CTR there was a waiting list for services. A few years later fate stepped in. The boys were selected for LISS funding and I soon discovered the social program I had wanted to utilize had discontinued operations. I immediately thought of Cathy and the CTR program and called about any openings. Within a few days the boys had visited the farm and could not wait to start riding.
The boys have loved the program from the first day. From the warm-up stretches to the games they play during the lesson to the cool down, they are both totally focused on the lesson and their horse. The boys say ‘playing games’ is their favorite part and ‘riding each horse’ since they are all different.

appeal-testimony-RyanI think the program at CTR has really helped with their confidence and social skills. They like to interact with the other riders in their class as well as the horse leaders. Brandon usually has difficulty staying on task for long, but at CTR he gives 100% attention from the moment he puts on his helmet until he takes off his saddle. This is a huge accomplishment for him. CTR has become a big part of the social life and by Monday are already asking about lessons for Thursday.”
Dawn ~ Brandon and Ryan’s mom