About Us



Therapeutic Riding, Inc. is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization which provides the opportunity for personal growth through the horseback riding experience to Washtenaw County, Michigan, area youth and adults with disabilities.  Our mission is to provide recreational and therapeutic riding which develops physical, cognitive, and emotional capabilities and enhances self-esteem.

Classes:  We offer many types of equine assisted activities year round.TRI-Sat_AM-2012-2056

  • Private, semi-private, and group mounted lessons;
  • Grooming and tacking lessons;
  • Ground lessons which include learning about safety around horses, showmanship skills, and basic horse leading and handling;
  • “Day at the Farm” field trips for groups;
  • Therapeutic Riding, Inc. Summer Camp;
  • Introduction to Dressage mini-series;
  • Introduction to Showmanship mini-series;
  • Horse Facts and Care classes.

For more information about riding with TRI, please visit our Riders page.


  • TRI relies on the hard work and dedication of our team of 150 well-trained volunteersTRI-Sat_AM-2012-2205-revise
  • Volunteers assist in the arena with riders as sidewalkers (working directly with the riders during their lessons) and as horse leaders.
  • Volunteers also help with grooming and tacking horses to prepare them for lessons.

For more information about volunteers with TRI, please visit our Volunteers page.


  • All TRI instructors are certified by PATH, Intl. (The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International).
  • Two instructors are also certified by Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, as well as by Michigan State University Proud Equestrian Program (PEP).



  • TRI is committed to keeping our lessons affordable. Fees account for less than 25% of the actual costs of the lessons.
  • No-one is ever turned away due to an inability to pay.  Riders with financial need can request support from TRI’s Sam and Juliana Zirinsky Memorial Scholarship Fund. 
  • In order to keep our fees affordable, we rely on donations from the community. To learn more about how to donate to TRI to help us in our mission, please visit our Donate page.

TRI is a PATH, Intl. Member Center.  For more information on therapeutic riding in general, please go to www.pathintl.org, the homepage for PATH International.