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The History of TROT

2019

  • TROT completed a large irrigation project that turned once dirt pastures into luscious grassy pastures for our equine partners.

2014

  • TROT offers more than 2,000 therapeutic sessions annually to children and adults with disabilities in Tucson.

2010

  • TROT therapy clinic opens offering Physical, Occupational, and Speech therapy thanks to a grant from Angel Charity.

2006

  • TROT launches one of the nation’s first Heroes on Horses programs for disabled military veterans.

2001

  • TROT receives a grant from Angel Charity to hire and certify a therapeutic riding instructor for two years.

1998

  • TROT co-founder Nancy McGibbon is published in a national medical journal, one of the first scientific research studies in the nation on the benefits of hippotherapy for children with spastic cerebral palsy, and subsequently publishes further studies in 2003 and 2009.

1994

  • Equine Facilitated Learning and Psychotherapy programs launch thanks to a gift from Sierra Tucson’s Bill O’Donnell.
  • American Hippotherapy Association is formed. TROT’s Nancy McGibbon is a founding member and the first president of the new Association.

1986

  • A long-term lease agreement is drafted for TROT’s present home on Woodland Road. The lease is signed with Pima County Flood Plain Control in cooperation with City and County Parks and Recreation, Tucson City Council and Pima County Board of Supervisors.

1985

  • TROT operates in a vacant lot thanks to the generosity of Bob Cote of Tanque Verde Guest Ranch.

1980

  • TROT moves to a horse farm on north Tucson Boulevard owned by dedicated TROT volunteers Deon and John Kellner.

1975

  • Jim Click Automotive Team helps provide transportation for TROT riders to Al-Marah Arabian Farms, which was considered far outside the city limits at that time.

1974

  • TROT is co-founded by Nancy McGibbon and Barbara Rector and begins offering services at Bazy Tankersley’s Al-Marah Farms in Tucson, one of the first programs of its kind in the US.
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