Unfortunately, we are not able to offer equestrian for the spring 2023 season.

The Equestrian program offers Special Olympics athletes the experience of horseback riding as sport. Athletes must already participate in therapeutic riding at either TRRC or LeCheval. At present, we are unable to offer a beginner or skills program. The Special Olympics equestrian training sessions are held weekly from mid-March through early June. Athletes are evaluated by their certified riding instructors, who are also Special Olympics certified coaches, and placed in group lessons by skill level and horse availability. Training times vary accordingly.


Marianne Otto-Smith (TRRC) – mottosmith@verizon.net

Susan Buningh (TRRC) – sohcequestrian@hotmail.com

Arzu Kirkland (LeCheval) – arzukirkland@yahoo.com

Training Locations:

Therapeutic & Recreational Riding Center (TRRC), Glenwood, MD
LeCheval Stable, Glenwood, MD

Practice Overview:

Athletes work with riding instructors to practice skills.


  • Athletes must have prior riding experience.
  • Athletes must practice year-round in the Special Olympics approved programs at TRRC or LeCheval.
  • Out-of-county athletes are welcome if they currently ride at TRRC or LeCheval and if there is space on the team after all Howard County resident athletes are accommodated. Out-of-county athletes who are accepted into the program must contribute to program costs.


Athletes will be paired with horses at either TRRC or LeCheval.


Athletes must provide their own riding helmets and clothing.


Athletes will participate in competition.

Volunteer Roles:

Volunteers assist athletes as needed.