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Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy HETRA
Edye Godden, Executive Director
Our mission is to improve the quality of life both physically and emotionally of adults and children with disabilities through equine assisted activities. Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy was started in 1989 by Steve and Janet Henthorn of Omaha, Nebraska. The program started with one student, one horse and three volunteers. We have grown significantly over the last 22 years, we now have 17 wonderful therapy horses, 12 NARHA certified instructors, and over 90 students. We also offer services in Therapeutic Riding, Hippotherapy, Horses for Heroes and Therapeutic Carriage Driving. HETRA is a non-profit 501c3 organization, and is currently the only NARHA Premier Accredited Therapeutic Riding center in Nebraska! HETRA serves a variety of clients including children and adults with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, brain tumors, head or spinal cord injuries, visual impairment, autism, developmental delays and strokes. In 2010 HETRA served 124 riders (both children and adults) per week and our goal is to continue to expand the program this year.