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Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center (LTRC) was established in 1983 to provide horsemanship and horseback riding opportunities for individuals of all ages with cognitive, physical, emotional and learning disabilities. Since 1986, Lothlorien has owned and operated our present facility which is located just outside of the Village of East Aurora, New York.

The goal of our program is to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for individuals to experience the benefits of horseback riding and horsemanship skills.  The facilities at LTRC are designed to accommodate riders with disabilities.  Through the use of special mounting ramps, a wide variety of adaptive equipment and the cooperation of our trusted, loyal and specially-trained horses, LTRC has been able to meet the needs of the population we serve while maintaining strict safety guidelines.  Programs at LTRC are conducted by trained instructors and over 200 trained volunteers dedicated to providing the highest quality programs for individuals.

Surrounded by trees in a secluded, tranquil setting, the ten acre LTRC center is located just outside the Village of East Aurora in upstate New York.  The facility consists of seven pastures, a 13-stall barn, a large outdoor sand riding arena and the 170’x80’ indoor Angel Arena, built in 2015.  Families and caregivers are welcome to watch lessons in the viewing area and there is an administrative office and on-site housing for the barn manager.  The Children’s Guild Foundation Sensory Trail meanders through the woods on the property, giving riders a chance to experience sensory elements during their lesson.  As you enter our facility, you'll find white picket fences on both sides providing a great view of our team of horses!  

Our Mission Statement

Assisting individuals to develop their highest potential through therapeutically based equine activities.

Staff and Board of Directors

LTRC Operations Staff:

Maggie (McCooey) Keller, Executive Director

Katie Macre, Program Director/Volunteer Coordinator



Darlene Eckhardt

Suzanne Guido, PATH, Intl. Certified Riding Instructor  

Barb Huber

Bobbie Kerr

Lori Kubik

Katie Macre

Catherine McCooey

Maggie Keller, PATH, Intl. Certified Riding Instructor

Julie Sims

Sandy Whistler


Board of Directors

LTRC Board President:  John Craik, Executive Director, P2 Collaborative of WNY

LTRC Board Secretary:  Sandra Whistler

Board Members:

Karen Arrison, President, Clement & Karen Arrison Legacy Foundation, Clement & Karen Arrison Family Charitable Foundation, Founder, Wisdom Farm

Darci Cramer, Ph.D., LMFT, Owner, Marriage and Family Therapy of Western New York

David DiPietro, Assembly member, Assembly District 147

Megan Farrell, MD, Medical Director, Hospice Buffalo

Evelyn Ardis Kazinski, RD, CDN, CDE, Evelyn Ardis Wellness