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Thank you for a great 2014 season!

After November 15, we will be on break for the winter until mid-March when our 2015 Spring season starts.  The 2015 schedule will be available in mid-January. Riders and volunteers will be notified by mail or email when the schedule is available, or you can check the website. Thank you to our riders and volunteers for being a part of the Lothlorien family!  Please call 716-655-1335 any time if you have any questions about our program.



Click here for photos from the Boots & Bling Fundraiser, courtesy of Laura Kilgus, 9Ten Photography

THANK YOU to everyone who attended our Boots & Bling Barn Dance on Saturday, Sept. 20

It was a huge success and we couldn't have done it without your support and our sponsors, volunteers and staff.  Thank you for attending!

Thank you to:

Presenting Sponsor:  Ingram Micro

Fat Bob's

Certo Brothers


Allied Mechanical

Arric Corporation

The Biddle Family Foundation

Buffalo Party Rental

Delaware North Companies

Lawley Insurance

Mader Construction

Martyn Printing & Graphics

Sanderson Wealth Management

S.B. Whistler & Sons, Inc.

Strawberry Banks

WNY Horse Council

Click here for the summer newsletter.  

New Volunteer Orientation Date Coming Soon 

The Children's Guild Foundation Sensory Trail  

Riders Elise and Nicola Steck enjoy The Children's Guild Foundation Sensory Trail with Silky, Nibbles and volunteers Lore, Janice, Sharon and Amy.


Mac, Stoney, Higgins and Dante having a great time in the pastures!
Thank you for the great picture Amanda Gaczewski!
Thank you to the students from Sacred Heart Academy who chose to spend their annual Day of Sharing at Lothlorien.  Students and staff helped clean up around the grounds and in the barn.  Thank you for your all hard work!  Mac enjoyed meeting all of you!
New Volunteer Orientation:  
Tuesday, May 20, 5:30-7pm at Lothlorien. 
RSVP by Friday, May 16 is required. Space is limited and your spot cannot be guaranteed without an RSVP.  Call 716-655-1335 or email
All new volunteers must attend a New Volunteer Orientation session prior to volunteering in a session.  
Please bring the 2014 New Volunteer Paperwork with you if you haven't sent it in already and dress for the weather (we will be going in the barn after orientation in the office). 


Thank you Girl Scout Troop 30773!

Girl Scout Troop 30773 (pictured below) created 2 games to be used in therapeutic riding lessons.  The games were created as part of earning their Bronze award and help riders practice number and color recognition while using fine motor skills.  The girls are Juniors Molly Sheehan, Lindsey Otis, Paula Ardovini, Nadia Ardovini, Reagan Romanchuk, Autumn Cwick, (pictured above) as well as Erin Leahy & Emma Hicks (not shown)! Thank you for your generosity and great job creating such thoughtful, useful games for the program!

Welcome back riders and bring on Spring!!
We are excited to see all the riders returning for Session 1 and look forward to the weather warming up soon.  Pictured below, Holland BOCES riders having a great time in the indoor!

Lothlorien would like to thank the Buffalo Area Pizza Huts for their generous $2,500 donation to Lothlorien through their 'Raising Dough for Kids' program.  Below, Executive Director Maggie McCooey joins representatives from various local organizations for the check presentation.

Winter Newsletter now available on line.  Click Here.

LTRC Executive Director Maggie McCooey featured on Face of a Farmer website.  Click here for the article and video.

A Fond farewell and thank you to Kassie!

Kassie has gone home and Lothlorien would like to say thank you to her owners Judy and Lisa Hehr for allowing her to make Lothlorien her home for 3 seasons. Kassie was retired this week and went home to spend time with her family and several of her horse friends.  


Lothlorien 2014 season schedule now available!

Please click here for more information.


2014 Riders:  Please click here for the 2014 Participant Registration Form.  (All riders are required to fill out paperwork for 2014). 

2014 Volunteers:  Please click here for the 2014 forms for new and returning volunteers.  We will be contacting volunteers to fill leader and sidewalkers needs as lessons fill up.  Dates for new volunteer orientations will be announced soon.

Leader Training is available to current leaders who need a refresher or sidewalkers who have completed at least one full session.  Dates for leader training are filled based on interest.  Please call 716-655-1335 for more information.

Seeking volunteers!

We are always looking for new volunteers to add to our tremendous family of helpers!  If you are age 14 or older, interested in horses and helping people, we're a great fit!  Click here here for the 2014 New Volunteer Application.  If you are a returning volunteer, please click here.  

Please call 716-655-1335 or email for more information today!





LTRC Veteran's Program

Lothlorien was honored to have local veterans join us for a day of riding, grooming and horsemanship.  Thank you to Joe Ruszala for making this day happen and for the great pictures!

Pictured above are:

Mike Shanley - 4th Infantry Division - Iraq / 05 with Jewels

Sgt Katrina Holmes - 42nd Infantry Division, Engineering BN - Iraq / 05 with Chip

Sgt Penny Eddy - 427th Combat Support BN (Medic) Afghanistan / 012 with Kassie

Eric Podosek - 11th Armored Cav. Regiment - Iraq / 06 - 07 with Frankie

For more information about the Equine Services for Heroes Program please click here.


LTRC would like to thank the Niagara Falls Harley Group for sponsoring Stoney!
And thank you to the Hooper Family Foundation for sponsoring Chip!
Click here to learn more about Stoney and Chip and how to sponsor one of our fantastic equines!


Friend us on Facebook!  Visit our newly updated Facebook page, Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Ctr. for updates, pictures, volunteer information and more!  


Thank you to our 2012/2013 donors!  Lothlorien is the proud recipient of the following donations:

The Children's Guild Foundation:  $32,500
The Children's Guild Foundation is dedicated, through funding support and advocacy programs, to improving the lives of children with special needs.  The Children's Guild Foundation mission is to advocate on behalf of and fund non profit organizations serving children with medical, behavioral, learning, mental and developmental conditions. The Foundation does this by forming a partnership within the community with healthcare professionals, medical researchers, special needs teachers and therapeutic recreation program experts dedicated to meeting the on-going challenges that effect children with special needs and impact their families.


Karen and Clem Arrison

Hooper Family Foundation        

Dr. Frank T. Schreck/Orchard Park Pediatrics

Alden Central School

Paul and Sandra Szalinski

Ingram Micro

Seymour Knox Foundation

Sigma Phi Gamma

Lion's Club of East Aurora

Lions Club of Orchard Park


East Aurora Kiwanis Club

Wales Hollow Community Church

General Electric

United Way of Buffalo

National Fuel Gas Foundation


The Phil Hubbell Family

Niagara Falls Harley Davidson

East Aurora Moose Lodge

United Methodist Weslayan Chuch

John D. Blackman Foundation

Eberl Iron Works