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VARHA Celebrates 35 Years of Making a Difference

In Spring of 2015, Venango Area Riding for the Handicapped Association (VARHA) entered its 35th year of serving children and adults with disabilities in our regional area.  Through horse-assisted therapy programs, held at our Wagner Therapeutic Riding Center near Polk, PA, we are making a positive difference in the lives of the people we serve.

Over the years, our non-profit organization has expanded its programming to include families in drug, alcohol, and mental health treatment; at risk youth; young riders with documented special needs; veterans; and children grieving the loss of a loved one.  A lift-assisted, horse-drawn cart allows even the elderly and those unable to ride horseback to enjoy the benefits of VARHA’s programs.

We are very proud of all of our past accomplishments. To help us accomplish even more, we are now asking for a one-time gift of $35.00.  That’s just one dollar for every year that VARHA’s riders have benefited from our services. 

We will use your donation to help maintain our buildings and infrastructure, to care for our horses, and to meet other operational expenses—all of which are critical to providing safe, high quality therapeutic riding experiences year after year for those in need.

If you are able to give a larger gift—five dollars for every year is $175.00, ten dollars per year is $350.00, twenty dollars is $700.00, and so on—we can do even more to ensure another 35 years of improving the quality of life for our riders. 

If you believe in VARHA and our mission to continue to provide services to our riders, regardless of their ability to pay, please complete a donation form and return it to us today with your tax deductible donation

On behalf of our board of directors, staff, volunteers and most importantly—our riders, thank you for your kindness and your generous support.     

 Jill Rhoads, Executive Director