About Us

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Philadelphia, PA dedicated to providing therapeutic horseback riding programs and equine-assisted services (EAS) for children and adults with disabilities, diagnoses, and those in at risk populations. Pegasus is a PATH International (Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship) Premier Accredited Center. As the city’s only full-time therapeutic riding program, Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy seeks to improve the quality of life for our program participants and their families. Led by PATH-certified instructors, we provide over 100 lessons per week to people with disabilities, helping riders improve muscle strength, flexibility, motor skills, communication, mental focus, and self-esteem. We also feature an autism program, a 6-week summer program, a all inclusive 4-H program, a Back In the Tack program, and an unmounted equine facilitated learning program.

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Our Mission

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy, Inc. focuses on partnering with our equine staff to promote independence while targeting physical and emotional well-being for individuals with disabilities, diagnoses, and those in at risk populations. At Pegasus TRA we provide therapeutic Equine Assisted Services, mounted and unmounted, emphasizing ability and maintaining a respectful and trusting environment for our participants, volunteers, staff, and equines. 

Our Vision

Pegasus TRA strives to set a lasting standard of excellence in the Philadelphia area in therapeutic Equine Assisted Services, changing lives through innovative and inclusive programs. 

Located on Bustleton Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia, we operate on Fairmount Park Property and have a long-term lease to utilize the public trust lands and benefit people with disabilities. Pegasus TRA utilizes indoor and outdoor areas, allowing us to provide year-round therapeutic riding.

Our History

Pegasus Therapeutic Riding Academy, Inc. was founded in 1982 by Carol and Rich Tatum. Combining a love of horses with a strong desire to help the disabled community, Carol was not only a gifted therapeutic riding instructor, but also a warm, loving, and dedicated person who was an inspiration to all around her. Under her leadership as executive director, Pegasus grew from a small program serving only 15 mildly disabled children per week to a year-round, full-time program serving over 100 children and adults with various disabilities.

On November 9, 2005, Carol passed away, losing her battle with breast cancer. Although she is no longer with us today, she lives on in our hearts and we honor her memory by continuing her legacy.

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