Therapeutic & Recreational Riding Center, Inc – Glenwood

Address: 3750 Shady Lane
Glenwood, MD 21738
Phone: (410) 489-5100 Website:


Therapeutic & Recreational Riding Center, Inc –  Glenwood

Phone:  (410) 489-5100

NARHA Premier Accredited Center

Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Center (TRRC) was founded in 1983 by Dr. Helen Tuel and her husband  John. TRRC is registered in Maryland as a 501(3)(c) public charity, dedicated to providing therapeutic services to its special clients, young and old, in an all-inclusive environment. The Center has earned premier accreditation from the North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc. (NARHA) and is designated as a “premier Accredited Center.” It is certified “Best in America by the Independent Charities of America (ICA).  TRRC began as a dream inspired by a backyard pony and a child with Down Syndrome. Living in suburban Howard County between Baltimore and Washington, Helen and John Tuel had a backyard pony for their two growing boys. One day a neighbor stopped and asked if Helen could teach her son to ride the pony. Realizing that she lacked the knowledge and experience required to teach those with special needs, Helen decided to learn to become a teacher of riding to the disabled. She left her career as a dental hygienist and went on to obtain a doctorate in teaching the disabled from Vanderbilt University.

TRRC’s mission is to provide both physical and occupational therapy on horseback, treating a range of physical, mental and emotional disabilities, including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, post-traumatic brain injury, autism, ADHD, and cognitive disorders. It also provides recreational riding opportunity for clients with and without disabilities.

Twenty-six years and many improvements later, they continue to work to improve the service that has made TRRC a Premier NARHA facility. The 55 acre farm includes two heated indoor rings, two outdoor rings, stabling for 40 horses and ponies, and a comfortable reception center and viewing are for parents, caregivers and visitors.



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