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Dear Friend of CTR,

I hope this letter finds you in good health and spirits. As we approach the end of one year and the beginning of another, I am reaching out to you on behalf of Chesapeake Therapeutic Riding (CTR), a beacon of hope and healing for children and adults with diagnoses and disabilities.

In the tapestry of life, we often encounter challenges that test the limits of our strength and resilience. For those facing physical, cognitive, or emotional disabilities, the journey can be particularly arduous. It is in this landscape of struggle and triumph that CTR stands as a sanctuary, offering a unique and transformative experience—one that involves the powerful connection between these individuals and our remarkable four-legged friends.

Maggie pic - close up BGTPSImagine a world where the everyday barriers that separate us fall away, where words are unnecessary, and where the gentle nuzzle of a horse speaks volumes. This is the world we create at CTR, where horses become not just companions but healers, guides, and confidantes for those navigating the complex terrain of diagnoses and disabilities.

It is awe-inspiring to witness the magic that unfolds when a child who lives on the autism spectrum communicates for the first time through the rhythmic movement of a horse, or when an adult who lives with physical disabilities feels the exhilaration of freedom as they ride. These are not just moments; they are profound transformations that ripple through every aspect of their lives.

Your continued support has played an instrumental role in making these moments possible. With your generosity, we have been able to provide adaptive riding lessons, equine-assisted activities, and specialized care to countless individuals who otherwise might never experience the profound benefits of the human-horse connection.

This year, we have seen remarkable achievements—from children taking their first independent steps to adults gaining increased motor control and confidence. Each success story is a testament to the profound impact your support has on the lives of those we serve.

As we reflect on the year gone by and look toward the future, we invite you to join us once again in making a difference. Your contribution will enable us to expand our programs, reach more individuals in need, and continue providing a haven where spirits shine.

Your gift of any amount can make a world of difference, fostering joy, resilience, and empowerment for children and adults facing diagnoses and disabilities. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to CTR and be a part of the transformative journey that unfolds within our stables and beyond.

To donate, simply visit our website at www.ctrchanginglives.org or use the enclosed envelope. Every dollar brings us one step closer to creating a future where the power of the human-horse connection is accessible to all who seek it.

Thank you for your unwavering support. Together, we can continue to harness the power of hope, healing, and horses to create a brighter tomorrow for those who may benefit most.

Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a new year filled with compassion and kindness.


Cathy Schmidt
Executive Director

$2,500 and Higher -- Gallop


$1,000 - $2,499 -- Canter


$500 - $999 -- Trot


$100 - $499 -- Walk


Up to $99 - Friend

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.


" I want to let you know that I had two meetings this week, for different participants, where they talked about the farm in detail! The guys aren’t big communicators, but they each had lots to say about their favorite place, “the farm.” Thank you all for all that you do and for offering this amazing opportunity to our folks! "

~ Harford Center

"I truly appreciate your outreach and support for our staff. This past year has been tough on everyone. Your therapeutic offer was perfectly timed and super appreciated. Staff had a blast. Each came back to school on Monday singing high praises and terrific thanks for the opportunity. Each person loved the experience and was very appreciative for the time to visit. Much love to you and your team for supporting them and reaching out. It was a phenomenal day, and I am thankful for this partnership!"

~ Harford Academy

"The crew at CTR are FANTASTIC!! They always exhibit understanding, professionalism, and creative problem solving to help their riders flourish. They say it takes a village to raise a child – well, CTR has been a part of my village and I couldn’t be more thankful."

~Parent of a rider

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