BRCTH provides life-enhancing, equine assisted activities for individuals with disabling conditions, including those who are “at risk”, in the northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and contingent counties in WV. We serve adults and children from age four. In order to provide these services to the community, we rely upon a dedicated team of volunteers. See our Volunteer page for more information.
BRCTH is located at Almeda Farm, 749 Salem Church Rd, Boyce, VA 22620 in Clarke County. The facility features large indoor and outdoor arenas, rolling pastureland, riding trails and a functional, well-appointed barn. Our herd consists of two ponies, Honey and Nutmeg, and two horses, CJ and Dillon.
Our mailing address is BRCTH, P.O. Box 438, Boyce, VA 22620.
Executive Director and Instructor, Marjorie Youngs, M.Ed.has been involved in the therapeutic riding industry for more than 30 years. She has a Masters in Special Education, works as an Educational Diagnostician, and is a certified PATH Instructor Mentor. All of our instructors are certified through PATH. The program is also served by PATH Equine Specialist, Babe Romine, a licensed psychotherapist; Tiffany Neel, who has been with BRCTH for five years; Megan Donavan, who has been with us for three years, and newly hired Laura Leaven, who taught for several years in Maryland. The position of Volunteer Coordinator is open at this time.
Blue Ridge Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship (BRCTH) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2007. BRCTH is a member center of the Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship, International (PATH) which provides operating standards and certifies our instructors. We are also a center member of the Therapeutic Riding Association of VA (TRAV).
BRCTH funds its operations through individual and corporate in-kind and monetary donations, foundation and civic grants, fundraising events, merchandise sales and student tuition.
BRCTH is served by a Board of Directors who bring their talents and dedication to the work of supporting and governing the organization.
Contact Us if you are interested in any of our programs or for more information.