The Cochise Area Network of Therapeutic Equestrian Resources (CANTER) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit United Way organization that offers therapeutic riding. CANTER's vision
is to serve all eligible individuals in Cochise County, using multiple instructors with diverse skills and training methods to safely and effectively meet the specific
needs and requirements of its students.
CANTER is accredited by PATH International
, the national organization that sets the standards for therapeutic
riding centers throughout the country. CANTER is one of
only three Premier Accredited riding centers in the state of Arizona. This accreditation results from on-site inspections by PATH International in which our programs,
instructors, horses, facilities, volunteers, and documentation are reviewed.
The mission of CANTER is to promote the health and independence of individuals with disabilities or special needs using equine assisted activities in a safe and caring manner.
CANTER was founded in 1993 to provide Equine Assisted Activities (EAA) to individuals with disabilities in the Cochise County area. When our program began, horses were
brought to a temporary riding facility hosted by a volunteer. In 1998, 17 acres of bare land were donated to CANTER by a stroke patient who was a client of CANTER. Over
the next four years, land was cleared, fenced, and a riding arena was established. Stables were erected for the horses; an office, tack room and classroom were added.
In 2002, a manufactured home was placed on the property allowing a full time horse steward/caretaker to reside at the facility and care for the horses and grounds.
Today, the facility is home to eight specially trained CANTER therapeutic riding horses.