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In the Company of Horses 
CATR’s 6th Annual Fundraising Event
Sunday April 27th from 4 – 7 p.m.
2669 Hamilton Road, Johns Island, SC
Click here to get your e-ticket today!

Online Auction Starts Now!
In the Company of Horses features a silent auction, where you can bid on FABULOUS PRIZES in support of CATR’s Scholarship Fund.
This year you can get ahead of the competition (and support a great cause!) by BIDDING ONLINE before the actual Silent Auction at the event.  On-line bids will be collected through 8 a.m. Sunday April 27th (and TOP BIDDERS will even have the option to enter a maximum, virtual-bidding amount!). The highest on-line bids will start the bidding at the event.
Click the link below to browse our on-line items and be the first to bid in support of CATR students!

A special thanks to our event sponsors!

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Other Auction Items
  • Charleston area restaurant gift certificates  
  • Spa and fitness packages
  • In-shore fishing charter
  • Tour of the Sea Turtle Hospital at the SC Aquarium
  • Disney World Park Hopper passes
  • Golf and tennis lessons
  • Original art
  • And much more!
Event Committee
  • Melanie Birch
  • Lynn Blagden
  • Susan Bonner
  • Elise Brown
  • Betsy Halstead
  • Elizabeth Johrendt
  • Gigi McShane


Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding improves the lives of children and adults with disabilities at the area’s oldest nationally accredited therapeutic horseback riding center.

CATR staff and volunteers are dedicated to helping students find joy and accomplishment through Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies. Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Inc. (CATR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving individuals with a variety of disabilities and conditions since 1991. With the assistance of certified instructors, physical therapists, doctors, psychologists, special education teachers, and a well-trained volunteer corps, we now serve over 140 children and adults per year whose disabilities include:

  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down Syndrome
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Health Illness
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Speech/Language/Hearing Impairments
  • Spina Bifida
  • Seizure Disorder
  • Traumatic or Acquired Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairments
Callie and Kimberly

Photo by CC Paul

Many people ask how riding and working with horses actually makes a difference in the lives of students with disabilities. Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT) offers a motivating combination of sensory, cognitive, and emotional stimulation that facilitates mobility, socialization, and independence. The horse’s rhythmical swinging movement challenges the rider’s whole body to continually respond with natural movements. Tight muscles relax, lax muscles are strengthened, coordination is improved, and circulation increased.

Thank you for visiting Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding at CATR Farms
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