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For Immediate Release
DENVER, CO - The University Therapeutic Riding Center in Lubbock, Texas, at Texas
Tech University, recently became accredited under the Premier Accredited Center Program
offered by the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA). Since
2002, the University Therapeutic Riding Center has been a NARHA Premier Accredited
Center offering Equine Assisted Activities (EAT/A) for individuals with disabilities.
NARHA requires that Premier Accredited Centers are re-visited every five years.
By attaining Premier Accredited Center status through NARHA, the center has demonstrated
that it is in accordance with the national standards for the therapeutic riding industry.
“By becoming a NARHA Premier Accredited Center, the University Therapeutic Riding
Center has demonstrated a commitment to the highest standards when introducing individuals
with special needs to a variety of equestrian activities,” said NARHA Executive Director,
Sheila Kemper Dietrich. “NARHA Accreditation is a respected benchmark within the therapeutic
riding industry. It demonstrates a commitment to safety and the highest professional
To become a NARHA Premier Accredited Center, a member organization must successfully
pass an on-site evaluation by a trained NARHA Site Visitor. Centers are evaluated
according to several standards that cover a wide range of areas such as horse management,
safety equipment, quality of instruction, facility operations, volunteerism and administrative
practices. These standards were developed by the NARHA membership to assure that centers
follow procedures that are basic to quality equine assisted therapy and activities.
NARHA Accreditation helps assist the public in selecting quality centers that provide
safe equestrian services.
The North American Riding for the Handicapped Association was formed in 1969 to promote
equine assisted activities for individuals with special needs. At over 700 member
centers, a total of 36,000 children and adults find a sense of independence through
involvement with horses. For more information about NARHA visit www.narha.org
or call 800-369-RIDE. For more information about the University Therapeutic Riding
Center, contact Heather Hernandez at (806) 742-4003 or firstname.lastname@example.org.