Therapeutic Riding

Ride & Shine!

Nourishing the human spirit through horse and human connection is the goal of our Therapeutic Riding Program.

Serving individuals ages 4 and older with a variety of disabilities and life challenges, our equine-assisted activities are rooted in the science of establishing an engaging partnership between horse and rider. When this connection is in sync, the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social benefits can be broad and lasting.

Some of these benefits include Confidence & Communication; Independence & Self Reliance; Motivation & Social Skills; Adaptability & Responsibility; Balance, Posture & Coordination; Gross & Fine Motor Skills; Range of Motion & Flexibility; Emotional Regulation & Self Control; and Sensorimotor Integration.

We dutifully abide by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) Standards and are the only program of our kind in the Columbia, SC area.

Camp Cole Therapeutic Riding is supported by donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations in our community. Your donation provides support and scholarships to the program to allow for riders to be able to have the best experience on and with a horse. Donate today to be part of the magic!

Amanda malanuk

Director & Certified PATH Instructor

Lindsay emmons

CCTR Program Director

Camp Cole’s Therapeutic Riding Program is supported by
The Junior League of Columbia, the Lipscomb Foundation, & Dabo’s ALL IN TEAM Foundation.

Our Mission

To promote the physical, cognitive, emotional and social well-being of people with disabilities and life challenges through their partnership with horses, certified instructors, and trained volunteers.

Who We Serve

Our program serves individuals ages 4 and older facing these life challenges:

At-Risk Youth
Cerebral Palsy
Chronic Illness
Communication Disorders
Developmental Delays
Downs Syndrome
Genetic Disorders
Hearing Impairment
Intellectual Disorders
Learning Differences
Low Self-Esteem
Muscular Dystrophy
Multiple Sclerosis
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Sensory Processing Disorder
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spina Bifida
Terminal Illness
Traumatic Brain Injury
Visual Impairments

What We Offer

Therapeutic Riding

Exposing children and adults who are facing life and health challenges to the benefits of horse and human connection is what our Therapeutic Riding Program is all about. By partnering with a horse, riders build independence, agility, and confidence.

We encourage them to use their own physical and mental efforts to control, influence, and communicate with the horse. Riding is believing and the connection is remarkable!


Our program incorporates the science of Hippotherapy so that riders receive more benefits from horse and human interaction. The equine movement engages the sensory, neuromotor, and cognitive systems of our riders to promote positive and functional outcomes. Hippotherapy is a widely used technique among physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech pathologists.


At Camp Cole, there is more to Horses Helping Humans than riding. We believe groundwork develops an important relationship between a horse and a human through the unmounted interactions of grooming, leading, feeding, and horse care.

Volunteer Opportunities

To find out more about Camp Cole’s Therapeutic Riding Program, contact Riding Director Amanda Malanuk at or 803-429-2802.

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Special Events

Camp Cole and CCTR host fundraising events throughout the year and depend on volunteer support to help plan and produce these special events.

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Boy Scout Conservation Service Hours

Volunteer opportunities are available to meet the BSA rank requirements for conservation hours which include trail clearing, gardening, land & wildlife conservation.

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Eagle Scout Projects

Many opportunities are available for designing and implementing an Eagle Scout project. Please schedule a time to meet with the CCTR Director to discuss options.

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Facilities Maintenance

CCTR is always looking for volunteers to help paint pasture fencing and assist with ongoing maintenance needs & projects at the barn and its pastures.

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Office Assistant

Opportunities for administrative and program support in the CCTR office are readily available.

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Barn Assistant

Volunteers who assist with routine tasks at the barn throughout the week.

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Pony Pals

Volunteers who provide support to the instructor as necessary during lessons. They help clear the arena of horse droppings during lessons and also help with grooming, tacking, untacking and turning out of horses before and after lessons.

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Horse Leaders

Horse Leaders are responsible for the safety of the horse at all times. Maintaining proper distance from other horses in the class while walking, changing directions and passing is required. The Horse Leader does not interact with the rider as his/her role is to communicate directly with the horse and minimize distractions to the rider. Horse Leaders are trained in emergency dismount procedures and must demonstrate this knowledge prior to being a Horse Leader in a class.

Individuals must be 14 yrs or older and attend a volunteer training session. Volunteers must keep confidential all personal, social and medical information regarding riders, their families and other volunteers.

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Side Walkers

Side Walkers provide support to the rider throughout their time at the barn. They assist the rider with helmet fit and take them to the arena to meet their horse under the instructor’s guidance. During the lesson, the Side Walker’s job is to provide physical support as instructed and to ensure the safety of the rider at all times while mounted and on the ground. These volunteers walk alongside the horse to help with positioning, riding skills, communicating directions from the instructor when necessary and relaying information to the rider. Şide Walkers are trained in emergency dismount procedures and must demonstrate their ability to perform an emergency dismount.

Individuals must be 14 yrs or older and attend a volunteer training session. Volunteers must keep confidential all personal, social and medical information regarding riders, their families and other volunteers.