The Center for Therapeutic Riding of the East End (CTREE) is a great organization that does therapeutic riding lessons and activities for children and young adults with disabilities. CTREE is part of the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH International), which is an organization devoted to helping people with cognitive, physical or emotional disabilities. This program helps the children be more balanced, stretch their muscles and get exercise.

CTREE has proved very helpful for their disabled riders. All of the specially trained instructors are volunteers for this amazing nonprofit organization.

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CTREE is located on the East End of Long Island, at 41 Narrow Lane E., Sagaponack, at Wolffer Estate Stables. CTREE was founded in 2008, and since then they have been providing equine-assisted activities and therapeutic riding lessons to more than 30 riders; equine-assisted activity lessons and field trips to local school groups; private and semiprivate lessons; and PATH instructor-in-training mentoring. CTREE has even coached two riders entering the show ring in the summer of 2010!

CTREE’s volunteers are very important, and anyone 14 and older can become one. Volunteers assist with leading horses, walking alongside the rider, grooming, tacking horses, doing office work and fundraising. To become a volunteer, all you have to do is complete a volunteer registration form and submit it to the CTREE office, and then your orientation and training will be scheduled. Volunteers don’t have to have previous experience with horses, but it is helpful. Volunteering at a place like CTREE is a great way to help your community and possibly change a child’s life for the better.

For information about how you can become a volunteer, call 631-779-2835 or visit ctreeny.org