A Proud Tradition of Service to Others. 35 Years and Counting.
POWERED BY VOLUNTEERS AND PERSONAL DONATIONS - CAN WE COUNT ON YOU?
'Located at the base of the Helderberg Escarpment in the Town of New Scotland, Albany Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. (ATRC) has provided equine therapy services since 1981, as the first equine therapy center in our area. We are certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH). We are dedicated to assisting our students of all ages, from youth to seniors, in gaining confidence, muscular and cognitive development, speech improvement, and other benefits through therapeutic riding. We operate on a modest budget and are powered by our outstanding volunteers. Please explore our site, and contact us, for additional information. We are pleased to make your acquaintance and to provide a community where everyone is welcome and valued.
We are delighted to welcome Lauren Weisberg, PATH Certified Riding Instructor, to the ATRC team! Lauren comes to us with extensive experience in therapeutic riding and education in psychology. In addition to being a PATH Certified Riding Instructor, Lauren is a Certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (EAGALA). Lauren holds a BA in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo, an MA in Psychology from Antioch University in New England, and anticipates earning her PsyD from Antioch in 2018. Lauren is a skilled horsewoman and has experience as a therapeutic riding instructor, exercise rider, and volunteer coordinator. We hope you will join us in making Lauren feel at home at ATRC!
WE ARE HAVING A FUNDRAISER - WE ARE SELLING PASSES TO BOSCOV'S "FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS" SHOPPING DAY ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17 AT ALL BOSCOV'S LOCATIONS. THE PASSES ARE JUST $5 EACH AND USING THE PASS IN STORE GIVES YOU A 25% DISCOUNT! THE COST OF THE PASS GOES DIRECTLY TO THE RIDING CENTER! TO OBTAIN YOUR PASSES, PLEASE SEND A CHECK TO THE RIDING CENTER AT 182 MARTIN ROAD EXTENSION VOORHEESVILLE, NY 12186 AND YOUR PASSES WILL BE MAILED TO YOU!
With profound sadness, we announce the passing of our founder and president, Christine D. Lehman. Chris was the driving force behind ATRC, her tireless energy devoted to the singular purpose of serving others. Please find her obituary below. The family asks that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Albany Therapeutic Riding Center. Please remember Chris who touched many lives and help to sustain her legacy:
VOORHEESVILLE Christine D. Lehman, 71, passed away on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at Albany Medical Center after a long illness. Born in Norman, Okla. to Stuart and Thelma Lundberg Lehman while they were stationed with the U.S. Navy. Afterwards, the family returned to Albany. Christine graduated from Albany High School and earned an associate's degree from S.U.N.Y. Delhi. She was employed by Colonie Animal Hospital and later served as a lab technician at Columbia-Greene Community College, until she retired. She was the founder and driving force of the Albany Therapeutic Riding Center, where she was the president and riding instructor for 35 years. Chris was passionate about animals. She exhibited prize-winning poultry at the Altamont Fair and other poultry shows. She also exhibited prize-winning sheep and worked with the 4-H to mentor young fair exhibitors. Animals of many kinds found a refuge at her farm. Christine is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Stuart and Ruth Lehman of Albany; also by her close friends, Jennifer Hamilton and Dawn Haas. She was predeceased by her parents, Stuart and Thelma Lehman. Family and friends wish to say a very special "Thank You" to the wonderful staff at Albany Medical Center for all of their compassionate care during Christine's stay. Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. followed by a funeral service at 4 p.m., all at Tebbutt & Frederick Memorial Home, 633 Central Ave., Albany. A brief graveside service will take place in Memory Gardens Cemetery on Monday at 10 a.m. with the funeral procession departing the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Memorial contributions may be made in Christine's memory to The Albany Therapeutic Riding Center, 182 Martin Road Ext., Voorheesville, NY 12186. To express online condolences, please visit sbfuneralhome.com. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesunion-albany/obituary.aspx?n=christine-d-lehman&pid=183394175&fhid=2145#sthash.NMRMYjgM.dpuf
Here s a beautiful article about Chrs' life and legacy - it captures her selfless spirit, her love for her students and animals, and the special joy she received from living as she chose: https://altamontenterprise.com/01062017/christine-d-lehman
CELEBRATING 35 YEARS!
Another way to help ATRC: When you shop at Walmart, Travelocity, Overstock, and other retailers, ATRC will receive a donation at no extra cost to you. Learn more at iGive through this special link: http://www.igive.com/AlbanyTherapeuticRidingCenter?jltest=1
Announcing a new way to help ATRC: We are now a community cash partner for CLYNK, a bottle and can recycling program available through Hannaford Supermarkets. If you have signed up for CLYNK at www.clynk.com and received specially tagged bags in which to put bottles and cans, when you drop them off at a participating Hannaford store, the money is credited to your account. You can then go on clynk.com, click on community cash partners, type Albany Therapeutic Riding Center in the search box and click on the "donate" button. This will enable you to make a donation to our account. We also have bags specifically tagged for ATRC that we will give out to our supporters at various events (lessons, volunteer events, board meetings, community events, etc) - all you have to do is put your deposit bottles and cans within and drop off at a participating Hannaford store and the money will be credited to our account. We hope that either way you use CLYNK (our bags or yours), you will know how very much we appreciate your support!
We have two very big needs right now: volunteers and donations. We are powered by both. Volunteers receive training and can be age 14+. We need lesson volunteers who serve as side and lead walkers as we cannot hold lessons without these important people. We also need stablehand volunteers for feeding/watering/mucking. Additionally, we are 100 percent funded by donations - that means hay, feed, utilities, repairs, equipment, blacksmithing, and other operating expenses. Our only paid person is a part-time stablehand. Other than that, we run on the love of our volunteers. Can you help with a donation at this time? There are several ways to donate including mailing a check or cash to ATRC 182 Martin Rd Extension Voorheesville, NY 12186 or online to www.gofundme.com/atrc123. You can also sign up for Amazon Smile using our special link below so that every purchase counts toward funding ATRC (we get $5 for every $1,000 people collectively purchase) or by buying a Bravelet bracelet also from a link below. Every bit helps. If you are part of a church/synagogue group, youth group, or the like who does fundraising for not for profits, we would love to be on your list as a beneficiary and are so grateful for your consideration. If your company has a foundation or matching gifts program, please remember us. Thank you for your consideration. Please like our Facebook page at "Friends of Albany Therapeutic Riding Center". We cannot do what we have done for 35 years without you!!!
Bravelets are bracelets, watches, charms and scarves where your purchase gives $10 to help ATRC! Shop here or create your own - many colors to match your outfits - thank you for your support:
We recognize that you have many organizations to which to choose to donate and we appreciate those who choose to support us. We are a 501c3 and your donation is tax-deductible to the amount permitted by law. You may donate online at www.gofundme.com/atrc123 or send checks made payable to ATRC 182 Martin Road Extension Voorheesville, NY 12186. Thank you for helping us to meet our winter feed, utility, and other bills and to ensure outstanding care for our horses. Every penny makes a big difference to us!
PLEASE HONOR OUR 35 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH A DONATION TO CONTINUE OUR GOOD WORK!
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IF YOU SHOP ON AMAZON, YOU CAN SUPPORT US AT NO ADDITIONAL COST THROUGH THIS LINK: http://smile.amazon.com/gp/charity/homepage.html?orig=%2Fgp%2Fbrowse.html%3Fnode%3D502659011&ein=22-2351589