Claremont Therapeutic Riding Centre (CTRC) provides horse riding for therapy, sport, recreation and training for children and adults of all abilities. With a focus on inclusion and participation, CTRC is striving to provide the best facilities, horses and well trained staff to uphold the aim of providing a centre of valuable community benefit in the heart of Perth.
In 1972 several individuals met to establish a community based operation that was to become known as Claremont Group Riding for the Disabled at a site in Graylands Hospital grounds. This Claremont group was instrumental in establishing RDA in WA. On 2 November 1992 the Organisation became incorporated with a new name, that is, the Claremont Therapeutic Riding Centre Inc. and as such is the longest continuing organisation providing riding for the disabled in Western Australia.
From this beginning in a paddock at the Brockway site Claremont Therapeutic Riding Centre has grown and now provides sport, recreation and therapeutic riding, and integration for over 150 riders per week.
Lessons provide both therapy and learning experience for the participating riders psychologically as well as physically. Our qualified coaches (Equestrian Australia, AHRC, CTRC accredited) are trained to work with a wide variety of disabilities: cerebral palsy, autism, hearing, vision and intellectual impairment, multiple sclerosis, acquired brain injury and paraplegia.
Quality of life is improved by participation in a sporting activity that provides therapeutic and recreational benefits that are both mentally and physically stimulating; it allows people with disabilities to be active participants, not just observers. Social contact and involvement with the community is an important aspect of our Centre. Once participants have reached an accepted standard, we endeavour to integrate our riders into other equestrian environments such as pony clubs, adult riding clubs, trail riding, dressage competitions and ultimately Para and Special Olympics.
Today our CTRC supportive community is still lead by M’Liss Henry but our family has grown to include a progressive Board, CEO, Stable Hand, part time instructors and of course a wonderful extended family of volunteers. Our lessons are now held in a fabulous 70m x 30m indoor arena which means lessons can be held in all weather conditions. Our riders are not only participating in lessons and working towards their riding goals but they are integrating into our community that includes families, riders, volunteers and staff from all walks of life all working together for a common goal. Many clients report CTRC as being like their second family and as such we strive to provide each and every one of our clients with a supportive environment that will allow them to take their riding as far as they wish to take it. Many of our riders are competing in RDA and Special Olympic competitions, pony club and State Level showjumping, eventing and dressage competitions. All of our riders are invited to our annual gymkhana where our able riders act as support for our disabled riders and we see this integration on not just this one day but throughout the year as normal and part of being in the CTRC family.
“CTRC has become “family”. My daughter has been riding there for many years and her ever changing needs are always a top priority of her experience. She has progressed from basic therapeutic riding all the way to being on the High Performance Para-Equestrian State Squad. CTRC have supported her numerous State & National competition campaigns and are the backbone of her training regime. We are so lucky to be part of this amazing centre.”