Whitewater Therapeutic and Recreational Riding Association, founded in 1994, represents the vision of Kerri Ellis and Joyce Scott. These women, raised with horses and later in the world of disabilities and special needs, envisioned a program where individuals with disabilities, the elderly and less fortunate youth would experience the benefits, joys of involvement with horses.
They each contributed $200.00 and the non-profit Whitewater therapeutic and recreational riding became a reality. They attended trainings, borrowed horses from a local outfitter and started providing therapeutic riding at a private arena. Through the years the program moved to the Lemhi County fairgrounds, the local hockey rink and eventually to their own indoor arena on 9 acres now within the city limits of Salmon, Idaho Salmon. Thanks to a donation of 6 acres from Terry McNellis, WTRRA equines have improved pasture. A donation of a Noble Barn from Tim Westfall, to be installed summer 2012 will add even more benefits to equine and volunteers.
The community of Lemhi County has been supportive of the organization and it’s mission. In 2001, WTRRA erected the Cover-All arena made possible through ride-a-thons, raffles and incredible donations of money, time and expertise. The facility is open to the community when WTRRA equine assisted activities are not in session. Local equine 4-H groups, rodeo clubs, youth basketball clinics, queen contests and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation are a few of the groups using the facility which now includes a 160 foot loping arena.
WTRRA provides programs in the 100×200 Titan Cover All Arena which provides about 178×85 feet of excellent riding area. In addition, thanks to a grant from the Steele-Reese Foundation a 160 foot round loping arena is also available for WTRRA and public use.