About TRAG

Therapeutic Riding came to Greece in 1983, thanks to the initiative and dedication of Aideen Lewis. The Therapeutic Riding Association of Greece (TRAG) was established in 1992 as a non-profit volunteers’ organization with a solid social goal. One year later, TRAG was also recognized as a sports organization.

TRAG is run by a 7-member volunteer Board of Directors. The BoD is elected every 4 years by the General Assembly, and the elected Board then convenes to vote for the officers.

The current Board is as follows:

  • President: Dimitra Karouzaki
  • Vice-President: Dimitris Xatziliadis
  • General Secretary: Elizabeth Gandley
  • Treasurer: Sotiria Chrysanthaki
  • Member: Thomas Sideris
  • Member: Eleni Vavouraki
  • Member: Ann Stavropoulou

From its establishment until now, TRAG has:

  • offered therapeutic services to more than 2000 children and 500 adults, offering assistance to many of who have financial difficulties attending such therapies
  • participated in numerous sports events, (local and international), such as Paralympics 2004, Special Olympics 2011.
  • proudly seen its athletes win 15 medals
  • organized an educational program, since 2005, for Therapeutic Riding trainers
  • organized the XIV International Congress of Therapeutic Horse Riding on its premises in 2012
  • contributed to the dissemination of Equine Assisted Therapy, as trainees have opened their own therapeutic riding centers across Greece after the completion of the educational program at TRAG
  • constantly strives to develop awareness of the importance of volunteerism. More than 1.500 volunteers over the years have helped TRAG by offering their services at least 3 hours per week for 10 months annually

TRAG is a member of:

  • Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI)
  • Hellenic Equestrian Federation (HEF)
  • European Network “Eurochild” fighting for children’s rights
  • Accredited body of hosting volunteers in the frame of European Voluntary Service (EVS)
  • Accredited body of social care offering services by the Ministry of Health
  • Accredited body for internships of students from universities and colleges

TRAG’s personnel consists of professionals of various expertise, all specialized and focusing in Therapeutic Riding.

  • Maria Liapi: Psychologist, Trainer
  • Ariadni Tsigkanou: Occuparional Therapist, Trainer
  • Katerina Chomoriti: Special Education Teacher, Trainer
  • Kleopatra Tsagkari: Physiotherapist, Trainer
  • Eleni Konstantinidi: Special Education Teacher, Trainer
  • Katerina Theodoulou: Physical Education Trainer, Horse Trainer

TRAG’s personnel includes two more employees:

  • Giorgos Strompolakos: Office Administrator, Public Relations
  • Najaf Abbas: Stableman

It’s easy to become a member. Just call or email us to find out how (tel: 210 7488566,  email: triding@otenet.gr).  Annual membership fee is €10.

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