Therapeutic Riding Academy of Knoxville (TRAK) will celebrate the official grand opening of its official permanent home on October 4, 2009. The celebration is open to the public and features pony rides, live entertainment, food, a live demonstration of services, and more.
The mission of TRAK is to provide the disabled with a “whole treatment” of the mind, body, and soul through physical, occupational, nutritional, and speech-language therapies provided through therapeutic horseback riding.
“Although we were founded in 2004, we’ve struggled to provide the proper services to those in need due to the lack of a permanent home,” says TRAK founder, Stacie Hirsch. “Through the generosity of Josephine Butler and family, we now have a permanent home at Doc Butler’s farm. Not only did they offer to provide a location, but built out many of the pieces we need to provide a first-class facility.”
TRAK hopes that anyone interested in learning more about services, or those that just want to have some fun and see the facility, will make plans to attend. The event will take place on Sunday, October 4th, at 3pm. Doc Butler’s Farm / TRAK can be found at 7316 West Emory Road in Knoxville.
About Therapeutic Riding Academy (TRAK)
Amazing results are accomplished when we address the whole child in a naturally stimulating environment with qualified professionals who seek to improve the life of children. Therapeutic Riding activities offer a motivating combination of sensory, cognitive, and emotional stimulation that facilitates verbalization, 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. Horseback riding is a wonderful outlet for children of all levels of development.