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Join us for the 33rd Annual TRRC Golf Classic on Tuesday, September 23rd at Queenstown Harbor for an 11:30 a.m. start!
TRRC receives Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar!


The Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center, Inc. has received the Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar. This is an organization that follows nonprofits, and provides them with a seal of transparency if they can show that the organization has met their criteria. This is very significant for TRRC, Inc. as this brings our profile to the attention to potential donors. It gives potential donors a better feeling that we aren't just a "backyard" operation, and therefore might not be eligible for a donation. 


The impact can be seen in the numbers. GuideStar has published findings from a study on how effective having a Seal of Transparency is. In 2017, 78% of nonprofits that received donations through their website had at least one level of Seals. Twenty-two% didn't. Since the beginning of this year, we have gone from just being listed in GuideStar, to gaining our Bronze, Silver, and now Gold Seals of Transparency. According to GuideStar, nonprofit profiles, such as ours, with Gold or Platinum Seals of Transparency, have received up to twice the views as other profiles. Also, the contributions to nonprofits with Gold or Platinum Seals are typically 11% higher than those with only Bronze or Silver Seals.


TRRC staff selected as Audrey Robbins Employee Team of the Year!


The TRRC staff was surprised on February 10, 2016 with a visit by representatives of the Association of Community Services (ACS) of Howard County who announced its selection as the 2016 Audrey Robbins Employee Team of the Year!  This group of amazing individuals was recognized for their truly unselfish efforts, day-in and day-out, to improve the quality of life of for individuals of differing abilities and their families in Howard County.   There will be a formal presentation of the award at a luncheon on April 29th at Ten Oaks Ballroom.


The Association of Community Services (ACS) is a dynamic network of 100+ Howard County member organizations and individuals serving more than 100,000 Howard County families and individuals. ACS advances human services in Howard County by offering members the information, support, training, education and connections they need to:

·         operate successfully;

·         provide services efficiently;

·         inform the community about their services; and

·         address pressing human services issues

Since 1975, the ACS has been recognizing people in our community with the Audrey Robbins Humanitarian Awards to recognize the work that volunteers and employees do in service to others that go above and beyond all expectations in their service to the community. These awards not only recognize the achievements of those honored, but offer public recognition for the organizations and causes to which our honorees devote their time and energy. 

Dr. Helen S. Tuel, Founding Director of the Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center (TRRC) in Glenwood, MD, was honored by Vanderbilt University on October 23, 2015 with the Alumni Association Board of Director’s Alumni Public Service Award. The presentation was made at a ceremony held during the University’s Reunion/Homecoming 2015.



Ben Stevick, Maryland Special Olympics Athlete, prepares for the World Games (WBAL-TV)

Ben Stevick wins 2 Gold medals and 1 Silver medal at the Special Olympics World Games 2015; meets Pope Francis (CNN)

RSVP now for an
“Ear Raising” and Interactive Event at TRRC
October 13, 2020
Tuesday 6:00 – 8:00 PM
TRRC Bank Barn
Access the recording (Passcode: Hv8.Z8KN)
(audio transcript also available)


At our interactive event, learn about health and wellness from the following medical, school safety, farm stress intervention, and equine-assisted therapy professionals:

Samuel Nokuri, MD, MBA, FACP, Lieutenant Colonel Air Force Flight Surgeon, 

Medical Director Premier Health Express


Jeff Allison, Director of government and external relations for the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators


Michele Gay, Executive Director of Safe and Sound Schools


Chuck Schuster, Senior Agent Emeritus, Retired Extension Educator, 

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources



Info for Attendees: 




Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 957 4100 5985

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Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center (TRRC) Arts Show and Auction

Date : Saturday, September 19, 2020

Time : 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Place : Bank Barn





Features : There will be an Arts Fundraiser hosted by the TRRC, featuring Maryland's Poet Laureate Grace Cavalieri.  Grace Cavalieri is an award – winning author of sixteen books and chaplets of poetry.  She founded and continues to produce “The Poet and the Poem” for public radio, celebrating 43 years on air, and is now recorded at the Library of Congress.  She serves on the National Board of the “American Initiative for Italian Culture.”


            The fundraiser theme is “Glenwood Grace and Gallantry” and will be hosted on sprawling acres of TRRC pastures and lands, surrounded by the beauty and grandeur of one of the earth's greatest creatures, the horse.  The Arts Event celebrates the fanciful magic of the spirit of the horse, and will include an introduction to creativity and imagination with Grace Cavalieri (live and virtual through Zoom), a futuristic classical music session with percussionist Orlando Cotto, a wine tasting by Elk Run Winery, a gourmet dessert tasting by Juliana Serrano, and an Auction of a variety of artistic works including, but not limited to, paintings, jewelry, wood turning, glass blowing, sewing, crochet and needlework.  Artists and organizations represented include Johnny O'Neill, Diana Marta, Virginia Chandler, Samantha Furlong, Orlando Cotto, Anne Richardson, Anne Sieling, Caprice Miller, Jude Bates Anderson, George French, Teresa Girod, Horse Spirits Arts Gallery, Elk Run Winery, and Juliana Serrano. Special thanks to the Howard County Arts Council for their advice and referrals.


            Covid 19 requirements will be in place, including face masks, hand washing, 6 feet separation, etc.  For planning purposes, timing of the events are :


.  Grace Cavalieri                    1:00 - 1:40 p.m.          Live and Virtual Hosting

.  Orlando Cotto                     2:00 - 2:45 p.m.          Live

.  Elk Run Wine Tasting           2:00 - 2:45 p.m.          Live

.  Gourmet Dessert Tasting      2:00 - 2:45 p.m.          Live

.  Art Auction                         3:00 – 5:00 p.m.          Live and Virtual


Information for Artists/ Donors : Please R.S.V.P. by Thursday, September 17th, to Teresa Girod at  Auction items can be sumitted through Thursday, September 17th to Teresa Girod, c/o Doctor Helen Tuel, 3750 Shady Lane, Glenwood, Maryland, 21738.  


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