Shine in the Shade at the groundbreaking of the new TROT covered arena

Tucson community steps up to fund a life-changing structure that will allow year-round programs for underserved communities

Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT) will break ground on a new covered arena, significantly increasing the number of horse-assisted therapy programs available to the Tucson community. Upon completion of the 15,000+ square foot shaded facility later this year, TROT will be able to provide essential therapies year-round and expand its daily programming by 60 percent. Currently, TROT must suspend its life-changing programming during the intense heat of the summer months. 

Artist rendering of new covered arena
Artist rendering of new covered arena

TROT is known as a “can-do” place. Riders reflecting the diversity of our community, including those who are diagnosed with autism, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, muscular dystrophy, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and at-risk youth rely on TROT to experience a sense of belonging and acceptance. They know our professionally trained and PATH-certified instructors can’t wait to work with them to create welcoming environments that help them succeed. Even those who use a wheelchair for mobility are included at TROT where we use a state-of-the-art mechanical lift system to safely position them onto the back of the horse. 

At TROT it is not unusual to hear a child speak for the first time as they tell their horse to move forward, watch veterans look deeply into a horse’s eyes as they connect and develop a bond of unconditional acceptance, or see riders with cerebral palsy or other mobility issues experience the pure exhilaration of movement while sitting in the saddle. 

Media are invited to join us for the TROT covered arena groundbreaking:

When: Friday, March 19, 2021, at 1 pm

Where: TROT 8920 E Woodland Rd, Tucson, AZ 85749

Who: A therapeutic rider, TROT employees and TROT board members including

  • Jeff Copfer, TROT Executive Director 
  • Margaux DeConcini, TROT Development Director
  • Dora Kafkaridou, TROT Programming Director
  • Lori Medcoff, TROT Board President
  • Steve Hester, TROT Capital Campaign Committee Chair
  • Steve Ozee, TROT Barn Manager
  • Christina Gill, whose son Oscar has participated in TROT’s Therapeutic Riding program for one year

Interviews will be available from groundbreaking participants including the family.

Upon completion of the covered arena, previously underserved individuals will have the opportunity for physical exercise, therapies, and advancement. Additional equine-related activities such as camps, events, and demonstrations are planned to serve regional Tucson. 



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About Theraputic Riding of Tuscon


TROT staff and volunteers use therapeutic riding strategies for children and adults with disabilities and special needs. These therapies help improve balance, coordination, motor skills, and even speaking skills. Each semester, the students and volunteers form special bonds and friendships with each other, and the TROT therapy horses. Volunteers will tell you that miracles happen every day! 


8920 East Woodland Road Tucson AZ 85749

(520) 749-2360