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Alatheia Therapeutic Riding Center was founded in 2011 by Glenn and Nancy Grette. In June of that year the center opened its doors to 12 riders with special needs using three amazing fjord horses and about 25 enthusiastic volunteers. Many of those original participants still ride and volunteer at Alatheia today!

Between the therapeutic and adaptive riding programs, Alatheia serves a wide variety of special needs. Ranging in age from 2 ½ to 86 our riders may have a learning disability, genetic disorder, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, autism, or epilepsy.

The demand for alternative therapies for people with special needs in North Central Washington is high and largely unmet. As a result, we have experienced steady growth in Alatheia’s programs over the years and now serve 85 riders each week and now have 8 Norwegian Fjord Horses, five part time instructors and nearly 100 volunteers.

At this size Alatheia is at capacity for our current location on the Grette’s personal property. With an expectation of growth to nearly 150 riders per week there are limitations due to acreage, parking availability, and arena and barn expansion. Alatheia’s ten year strategic plan calls for a move to a larger facility by 2020 and we are well on our way to realizing that goal.


Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Location Wenatchee, WA
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  1. Animal-assisted activities
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. Horseback riding
  4. Horses
  5. Mammals
  6. open access
  7. Therapeutic horsemanship
  8. Washington
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