Fifty years ago, the founders of TROT had a dream
that has changed the lives of thousands of people.

Today, as stewards of TROT, we have a new vision that will advance TROT for the next 50 years. A covered arena provides an essential need to all of TROT’s participants to shield them from the harsh southwest summer temps. 


The Case for Shade

Continuity of Care

Helping riders eliminate any opportunity for regression of physical and emotional achievements during the summer months when TROT is not in session.

Volunteer Retention

TROT's 160+ volunteers walk miles in the arena and some days can be very tiring. A covered arena would help prevent skin cancer, dehydration, and keep our volunteers healthier and happier!

Year-Round Programming

Currently, TROT is only able to offer services from September to May due to the intense Arizona heat. TROT will be able to offer classes, camps, events, and workshops the entire year!

Organizational Stability

The covered arena would provide a place for more students during the year, social events, workshops, camps, and PATH certified seminars.

Increased Capacity

A covered arena will expand TROT's therapeutic programming by 800 hours--a 40% increase!

Prevent Aggravation of Symptoms

The covered arena will reduce the risk of seizures, dehydration, and heat exhaustion in fragile children.

Expand Daily Hours

Class sessions will be more flexible to accommodate busy working families and classes will never worry about cancelling due to bad weather.

Shaded Training Space

Some of TROT's horses are sensitive to the sun. The covered arena will provide a shaded area for exercising and training the herd especially during the intense summer days.
  • 90′ x 170′ structure – 15,300 Square feet
  • Steel panels
  • Roof with Skylights
  • Three large ventilation fans
  • Sprinkler system for dust control

Arena to include:

  • New concrete walk-way
  • Bleacher seating
  • Lighting
  • Specialized arena footing
  • Audio System
  • Permanent donor recognition

We have met our construction fundraising goal!
But our work is not finished.  Keep scrolling to see how you can help!

Where we are in the Process

December 2020: Moving the Round Pens 

TROT’s round pens are used daily for routine exercise and training by the instructors to keep all of TROT’s horses in top physical performance for their work in our therapeutic programs.

Steve Ozee, TROT’s Property and Barn Manager, and a group of volunteers from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints put in a lot of hours digging up footing, moving panels, and resetting the round pens. They shifted the round pens closer to the barn and out of what will be the steel lay-down area. 

January 2021: New Turn-outs

The covered arena is going to be built in place of  the dressage arena, located at the north side of our property. This area is currently used as a turnout for horses during the day. Unfortunately, we are unable to move or reuse the steel piping for a new turnout once build starts.

In January, TROT received new fence panels to create a new turn out with plenty of stretching space for our horses to enjoy. 

Februray 2021: Parson’s Steel Delivery Planning

TROT ordered the steel for the covered arena in November 2020 through Parson’s Steel. The steel is due to be delivered in March 2021. Here, Steve Ozee is meeting with Parson’s Steel to find the best path to deliver the steel and the location of where they will place the steel. 

Count Down to Breaking Ground!

This is the moment we have all been waiting for! TROT is holding it’s Ground Breaking ceremony on March 19, 2021. Join us live on YouTube or find us in the evening news!


Recognized as the Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation in 2020 by the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, the Connie Hillman Family Foundation of Tucson is well known for their generosity. TROT is extremely honored to be awarded a 50% match by this foundation for the covered arena capital campaign.

Hear what our donors are saying


How You Can Help!

Expanded programs means more horses, staff, and opportunities for individuals affected by disabilities to
flourish and succeed.

Help Expand TROT Programs!

TROT is still accepting gifts for expanded program services in conjunction with the new arena. Gifts of $1,000 or greater made towards the Covered Arena Program Expansion will receive permanent recognition on site if received by March 19, 2021.

Many Thanks to our Generous Donors!

Anonymous –
in Memory of Bob Seamus
Bill & Nancy McGibbon
Bonnie Kay
Gary & Colleen Reeve
Ruth McCormick Tankersley Charitable Trust

Frank & Laurel Brown

Amy Adams
Jeanette Wendt
Patrick & Sandy Volkar
Tim & Lori Medcoff

Paul Diaz

Bill & Sandi Moomey
Stephen and Dorothy Lance
Steve Hester & Patty Carnovale
Susan Wick

Ann Rutledge
Beth Kasser
Catherine Jean McNeill
Cholla Foundation
David & Holly Shaffer
George & Peggy Wilson
Gust Rosenfeld
Hal & Jeanie Byrd
Harriet Anne Silverman
Heinz, Judy and Kelly Smith
John Kai Foundation

Lapis (cont.)
Kay Juhan
Laurie Wetterschneider
Mary Bernal
Pat & Patty Jones
Paul and Laura McKneight
Peter and Patricia Cathey
Poppy Yard Solutions
Ray Poage & Denise Beattie
Spencer, Victoria & Isabella Small
Tim & Diane Meyer
Trish Wann

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