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Welcome to Derby Day!  Please enjoy the presentation!

Video by CAS Studios in Crofton, MD

Derby Day 2021

This year, we are bringing Derby Day to you!  Hosting a Derby Day House Party in your home will allow you to enjoy the things you love about Derby Day to include a gourmet charcuterie board with wine for you and your guests,  mint juleps, party supplies, and access to our online auction as well as the Derby Day Virtual Presentation on May 1st.   You can choose from several different packages and create the Derby Day experience you want!

Derby Day Sponsorships are also a great way for businesses to advertise and network!   Our sponsorships include several opportunities for you to advertise your business while supporting a wonderful cause all at the same time!Derby Day Logo

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Who We Are

 The mission of Maryland Therapeutic Riding (MTR) is to improve the quality of life of children, adults, active military and veterans with special needs by connecting humans and horses in a healing environment.   Our vision is to provide life-changing experiences that empower the mind, strengthen the body and lift the human spirit.   MTR has served the special needs community since its inception in 1996.  This includes individuals with physical, cognitive, social and behavioral challenges due to genetics, injury, illness or trauma.

Many of our clients have exhausted traditional therapies- MTR is their last hope.  Research shows that equine-assisted services often work where traditional therapies have failed.  The movement of the horse helps to improve connections in the brain and increased strength and core conditioning to improve balance and coordination enables clients to take their first steps, say their first words, and break barriers that otherwise seemed insurmountable.  Horses, being naturally highly intuitive, mirror clients emotions and body language to permit them to overcome fears, rebuild their confidence and find healing in a myriad of ways.

The largest challenge facing MTR is the financial gap between what we ask our clients to pay and actual cost to us.  It is a priority to us as an organization to keep our services as affordable as possible so that finances are never a barrier to anyone receiving these life-changing services.  We even offer a few different scholarships for participants who qualify.   Therefore, fundraising events like Derby Day are vital to the success of our mission.  

Derby Day is traditionally our largest fundraiser of the year and accounts for approximately 15% of our annual revenue.  It is our hope that you will consider a Derby Day Sponsorship, thereby ensuring that these services remain available to our community.   For more information, you can visit our website at



Help our cause by creating your own fundraising page today!

Your individual fundraising page allows you to share your story and set a goal. The funds you raise will help make our mission a reality!

2021 marks Maryland Therapeutic Riding's 25th Anniversary!  To mark the occasion, we've set a goal for our Ambassadors to help us raise $25,000!

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No act of generosity is too small to make a difference.

You are important to each rider in our program. Your donation
helps us in our quest to raise over $800,000 that enables us to provide life changing therapies to those who need it.

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