Texas Tech Breaks Ground on Therapeutic Riding Center Expansion

Expanded facility will allow the center to hold more sessions and expand research.

Written by Cory Chandler

The Texas Tech University Therapeutic Riding Center (TTRC) broke ground Monday (June 14) on phase one of a three-phase project to construct a new therapeutic riding, teaching and research facility.

Once completed, the expanded facility will feature an indoor riding area, classrooms and waiting rooms that will allow Texas Tech to provide more therapeutic riding and hippotherapy sessions. It will also broaden current research into the effects of equine therapy.

“This facility is being built specifically for equine-assisted therapy with accessibility in mind,” said Heather Hernandez, program director for the Therapeutic Riding Center.  “It will allow the TTRC to expand the number of clients that we see and provide a private place that not only minimizes distractions, but ensures that we maintain the confidentiality of our clients.”

Formed in 1998 in a collaboration between the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and University Medical Center, the TTRC provides therapeutic horseback riding and hippotherapy to children and adults with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities.

“This is a great day for us,” said Heidi Brady, associate professor in Texas Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Science and director of the TTR. “Our needs have really grown over the past 12 years as demand for our sessions has increased, so I want to thank those at Texas Tech who have supported us and helped us raise money for construction, and acknowledge the hundreds of students who have made this a wonderful program for the riders.”

The center is accredited under the Premier Accredited Center Program of the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA). It is also a designated service learning course for Texas Tech.

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Contact: Heather Hernandez, program director, Texas Tech Therapeutic Riding Center,Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2136 or heather.hernandez@ttu.edu.