Dear Friend,

CTR is most thankful this holiday season for the many ways in which our community has supported us during one of the most difficult times in the history of our organization. You opened your heart and your wallet to ensure that CTR was able to develop and implement new and innovative programs that enabled the individuals we serve to stay connected virtually to our organization and our gentle herd throughout the pandemic. We also used this time for focus on planning, relying heavily on new ways of thinking to formulate strategies to meet the growing needs of our community. I am pleased to report we developed a 5-year strategic plan that calls for doubling our growth and organizational impact over the next five years. The past year has been a challenging, albeit rewarding time for CTR. I am proud of our growth and our ongoing commitment to serving children and adults with differing abilities and to our veterans!

We are thrilled to be back up and running at the farm, enabling more individuals to benefit from our equine educational programs and services. It is an exciting time although operational costs have gone up dramatically as supply chain issues continue to plague us all. In addition, since the pandemic-related grant funding has declined and changing grant criteria has made it most competitive. We are growing our staff in 2022 to be able to accomplish our program goals and provide programs and services to a greater number of individuals who request them. We are excited for the year ahead and all that it may hold.

Your generosity has had a profound impact on those that are often excluded from the benefit interacting with horses provides. You have ensured that CTR has not only existed during difficult times, but has thrived and continued to best serve our clients. I respectfully request and hope that you will continue to do so again this year.

We know our work makes a difference in the lives of our clients as well as in the lives of their families. Please continue to support us in making sure our children and adults with differing abilities as well as our veterans can continue to enjoy the adaptive recreation we provide, while connecting with our gentle herd of horses.
Your continued support is deeply appreciated by us all here at CTR!

May the holidays bring you joy! We wish you all the best in 2022!

Cathy Schmidt
Executive Director




$4,000 - Hero Sponsor: Supports all riders for one month


$1,000 - Giddy-up Sponsor: Supports all riders for one week


$500 - Trot Up Sponsor


$240 - Rider Up: Supports one rider for a month


$100 - Walk On Sponsor


$60 - Boots On: Supports one rider for one lesson


$25 - Pasture Buddy

Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding, Inc., also known as CTR, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation under Internal Revenue Service regulations (Federal Tax ID #26-0068227). 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.


D.S., is one of our veterans, pictured here with Jewel, rescued from slaughter in August and who now allows us to accommodate larger, adult riding clients and/or those that require heavy, adaptive riding equipment.

“My weekly visit to the farm and spending time with Jewel is the best part of the week. I can relax and get out of my head for a couple of hours and just be me with my horse.”

While closed to the public during the pandemic, our amazingly talented team created hundreds of hours of virtual programming published on four YouTube channels for our rider families, our veterans, our volunteers, and the public at large. These videos showcased the scope of providing farm-based educational programming as Harford County’s first Horse Discovery Center.

Though masks hid everyone’s smiles, the joy of returning to adaptive riding lessons was evident in everyone’s eyes. In May 2021, we reopened for programming on the farm. We are grateful to our families, riders, and volunteers, who without complaint, wore masks and followed our COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safest environment.

While shut down during the pandemic, we developed a Vocational Education program for our independent riders seeking training for job placement and community partners looking for an educational and recreational opportunity with horses. Based on the positive feedback from participants , we will continue providing this programming in the future.