Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor

TROT’s mission is to enrich the lives of people living with disabilities through Equine Assisted Services and to improve their physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being. Our Adaptive Riding Program has been structured to serve individuals and groups with a variety of disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down Syndrome, developmental and learning disabilities, ADHD, brain injuries, and many others.

Therapeutic Riding of Tucson (TROT) is seeking a PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI) to grow our Adaptive Riding and Horsemanship program. Our facility has fantastic amenities including an outdoor arena, covered arena, three round pens, a three-mile sensory course, six grass pastures, in-hand obstacle course, hitching rails for grooming, wash bay, well-fitting saddles, and all other necessary equipment.

TROT owns a total of 18 horses and ponies that are available for our Equine Assisted Services. Our equine staff vary in experience and temperament and are the most exceptional teaching partners.

TROT offers a great working environment with high safety standards, facility cleanliness, organized administration, and well-equipped equine care for conducting exceptional services on-site. TROT is the only PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Tucson AZ.


• Minimum of PATH Intl. CTRI certification
• Exceptional ability to multi-task and be a team leader regarding working with staff, volunteers, clients, and equines.
• Must be able to remain calm and in charge during stressful situations.
• Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
• Must have excellent people skills.
• Demonstrate safe and appropriate horse handling skills as well as riding skills.
• Understand why basic balanced riding fundamentals are essential to the safety and well-being of rider and horse.
• Ability to maintain a high level of energy and lift/carry objects up to 50 pounds.
• Must possess a valid driver’s license.


• Contacting, scheduling, and assessing new clients for the Adaptive Riding Program.
• Maintaining all participant documentation up to date to include lesson planning, rider profile, goals, individual session progress notes, releases etc.
• Teaching horseback riding lessons to individuals with disabilities in accordance with safety guidelines set forth by PATH Intl.
• Preparation of lesson plans; organization of class activities and collaboration with volunteers to achieve lesson objectives.
• Coordinating appropriate equipment for rider and horse based on needs and goals.
• Communicating with Program Director and volunteer coordinator and other personnel to ensure that the safety and needs of each participant is met.
• Communicate with families regarding goals, objectives and other routine matters.
• Assists in the organizing and running of special events relating to TROT programing and fundraising.
• Assist in volunteer training as needed.
• Attends Program meetings.
• Attend Staff meetings as needed.
• School horses in basic dressage including rounding, collection and extension, and lateral work.
• Identify any physical or behavioral issues in program horses.
• Instruct as a substitute as needed.

Please direct all interest, resumes, and questions to TROT’s Program Director, Dora Kafkaridou Brown at dkafkaridou@trotarizona.org.