CORRAL Riding Academy – At Risk Girls & Rescue Horses

CORRAL Riding Academy

Cary, NC — CORRAL Riding Academy will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony next week on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 to show the public their newly renovated headquarters and to present information about their unique programs for at-risk teen girls.

CORRAL Riding Academy

The CORRAL Riding Academy is a faith-based non-profit that utilizes several approaches to promote healing, growth, and love in the lives of hurting or at-risk teenage girls through rescued horses. CORRAL works with girls ages 11 to 18. There is no charge for participants or their families, as 70% of the students live at or below the poverty line.

The academy has extended an invitation to the public to tour their newly renovated offices, made possible by a 2014 grant they received from an “Office Makeover Giveaway” by Storr Office Environments.


CORRAL provides fosters confidence in girls as they work with horses--and with one another.

CORRAL fosters confidence in girls as they work with horses–and with one another.

Girls visit the CORRAL farm twice a week throughout an entire academic year. During their first visit of the week they work with a mentor for one-on-one riding lessons and private tutoring. On the second visit, held over the weekend, the girls participate in farm chores such as haying, feeding, and caring for the horses.

After the chores are done, CORRAL girls participate in drill team practices, trail rides, games on horseback, showmanship, bareback riding, and other fun activities that allow them to enjoy time with the horses–and with each other.

According to Joy Currey, CORRAL Founder and Executive Director:

Our girls have lived in a repeated cycle of failure for so long that they no longer believe they can amount to anything. Most of the girls have never seen a partnership based on trust, empathy, respect and love. We are teaching them how to look at the world and their relationships in a whole new way.

The Horses

CORRAL doesn’t just help teenage girls–each horse at the farm has their own rescue story. Some of the horses were found abandoned behind locked-up stall doors, and one was rescued after being hit by a car. Through patience, care, and love, the CORRAL horses have become an integral part of the academy’s therapeutic programs.

Why horses? These “gentle giants,” as many call them, are relational animals that change girls’ lives through bonds based upon trust, growth, and learning. Their large sizes and big hearts help riders overcome fear and develop confidence.

With these devoted animals and CORRAL’s group of wonderful staff members that posses expertise in counseling, psychology, and, of course, horses, the girls at CORRAL are in good hands and hooves.

Take part in their celebration next week and see for yourself.

Event Details

CORRAL Riding Academy Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
3624 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary, NC
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Celebration begins at 4:30 pm; Ribbon cutting begins at 5:15 pm
The event is free and open to everyone.


Story by Jessica Patrick. Photos from CORRAL on Facebook.