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About TRRC

The Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center, Inc. ("TRRC") is registered in Maryland as a 501(c)(3) public charity, dedicated to providing therapeutic support services to its special clients, young and old, in an all-inclusive environment. We offer a safe, accessible environment with staff support so that individuals with special needs can access our services.


TRRC began as a dream inspired by a backyard pony and a child with Down Syndrome. Living in suburban Howard County between Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Helen and John Tuel had a pony for their two growing boys. One day, a neighbor stopped and asked if Helen could teach her son to ride the pony. Realizing that she lacked the knowledge and experience required to teach those with special needs, Helen decided to learn to become a teacher of riding for the disabled. She left her career as a dental hygienist and went on to obtain a doctorate from Vanderbilt University. John concentrated on learning stable management. They looked for land with a house, a barn and adequate pasture. They found it on their current farm site in Glenwood, Md. Twenty-six years and many improvements later, they continue to work to improve and expand the Center. The 55 acre farm includes two heated indoor rings, two outdoor rings, stabling for 40 horses and ponies, and a comfortable reception center and viewing area for parents, caregivers and visitors.


The Center has earned premier accreditation from the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH International), and is designated as a “Premier Accredited Center.” TRRC is a Premier Accredited Program through the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) and is a member of the Federation of Riding for the Disabled International. We participate in the Equestrian Special Olympics competition.


Our mission is to provide both physical and occupational therapy on horseback, treating a wide range of disabilities.


To obtain a copy of our Form 900 tax return, please EMAIL our office.

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