Therapeutic Riding of Tuscaloosa seeking volunteers, donations

By WVUA 23 News Reporter A’Leeyah Ponder

An organization geared toward bringing together horses and anyone who wants a taste of riding is in need of more volunteers.

Therapeutic Riding of Tuscaloosa, located in Cottondale, is a free service that offers therapeutic riding for people with cognitive or physical challenges, veterans and even wannabe horseback riders.

Cody Colebank has volunteered at TROT for four months and said the work he’s doing is inspiring.  

“It gives me purpose to do something, like I’m doing something good for somebody else,” Colebank said. “It makes me feel good. That’s why I like doing it.”

TROT Program Director Melanie Williams said the organization can’t function without its volunteers.

Volunteers help TROT’s visitors with horseback riding alongside cleaning up after and taking care of the 30 horses that call the organization home.

Now, TROT is offering a weekly program for foster and adoptive children.

“We need individuals who can make a commitment to change the lives for those kids,” said Williams.

If you’re interested in volunteering, you can learn more right here. If you can’t volunteer, donations are always welcome. You can donate right here. 

On Monday, May 16, Hotel Indigo’s Lookout Rooftop Bar is hosting its first-ever give back night at 5:30 p.m. in support of TROT. During the event, 10% of sales will be donated to TROT’s scholarship fund.

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