38/ JUNE 2010 THE RIDER
Ontario Therapeutic Riding Association www.ontra.ca
ONTRA would like to thank ParaSport Ontario for their continued support and dedication to our members and their devel- opment.
2010 OnTRA CPEDI3* Grant Program
ONTRA would like to congratulate the following coaches and officials who are the beneficiaries of the 2010 OnTRA CPEDI3* Grant Program:
Hilary Webb, Gina Cook, Pat Bullock, Jo-Anne Chevalier, Fiona Kearney, Krista Breen, Fran Elliott- Streeter, Lia MacDonald
On Saturday March 27 coaches, officials and riders gathered in the viewing lounge of CARD for a Para Equestrian Clinic. Participants were very fortunate to have a ‘fire side chat’ with two of the leading Para Equestrian Officials in Canada; Lor- raine Stubbs (FEI ‘I’, FEI ‘I’ Para-Equestrian and EC ‘S’ judge), Margaret Murdoch (FEI Steward, FEI Para-Equestrian Steward General), and Dr. Ophelia MacDonald (National Classifier – CanTRA). The
The Therapeutic Riding Asso- ciation of Ottawa-Carleton (TROtt) provides people with dis- abilities within our community with valuable opportunities and many benefits.
Located at Equidae Stables, 6362 Bank Street, in Greely, riders with a varied range of conditions can participate in the TROtt pro- gram e.g. cerebral palsy, spina bifida, stroke, head injuries, multi-
2010 OnTRA Coming Events
Saturday June 26, 2010 – Southwestern Regional Show SARI Therapeutic Riding Centre Arva, ON • Judge: Don Barnes
Saturday August 21, 2010 – Northern Regional Show Northern Lights Therapeutic Riding Centre Val Rita, ON. Judge: M.H. Lessard
2010 OnTRA OnTRA Provincial Championships National Gold Show at CODRP in Kitchener, ON Saturday September 4, 2010 Sunrise Therapeutic Riding Centre Puslinch, ON • Judge: Leslie Kennedy
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2010 OnTRA MEMBER CENTRES ASHBURN: The Stables at WindReach Farm - 905-655-5827
BARRIE/ORILLIA: Stonegate Farm - 705-327-7801 BELLEVILLE: Quinte Therapeutic Riding Assn.- 613-395-4472 BRACEBRIDGE: With Care Oke-Cook Family Farm- 705-645-5866 BRAMPTON/CALEDON: Caledon Equestrian School - 905 584-2022 BRENTWOOD: Kuruka Equestrian CALEDON EAST: Peace Ranch - 905-584-9156 CARLETON PLACE: Lanark County Therapeutic Riding Program - 613 257-7121
CORNWALL: Brave-Hearts Riding Club - 613-528-1616 CORNWALL: Second Wind Acres - 613-528-1616 GREELY: TROtt GUELPH: Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre - 519-837-0558 HAMILTON: T.E.A.D. - 905-679-8323 HARROW: Four Willows Farm KITCHENER: CODRP / Pride Stables - 519-653-4686 LONDON: SARI Therapeutic Riding - 519-666-1123 MILTON: Windrush Stable Therapeutic Riding Centre - 905-854-6008 NIAGARA ON THE LAKE: Red Roof Retreat - 905-684-0235 NORTH AUGUSTA: Touch a Rainbow - 613-926-2116 OWEN SOUND: G.R.A.C.E. - 519-372-2721 PETERBOROUGH: PARD Therapeutic Riding - 705 742-6441 PETROLIA: Tomlynn Acres Reg. Quarter Horses - 519-882-0958 PORT BURWELL: Jabez Therapy Ranch - 519-874-1168 PORT ELGIN: P.R.A.N.C.E. - 519-832-2522 SCHOMBERG: King’s Ransom Equestrian ST. CATHARINES: Horse Alternative Therapeutic Services - 905-704- 9820
SAULT STE. MARIE: Therapeutic Ride Algoma - 705 945-8546 VAL RITA: Northern Lights TRA HAMILTON: T.E.A.D. - 905-679-8323 THUNDER BAY: Thunder Bay Therapeutic Riding Assoc.- 807-472-5650 TIMMINS: Timmins Therapeutic Riding Assoc. - 705-269-5994 TORONTO: C.A.R.D. - 416-667-8600 WHITBY: Durham TRA WINDSOR: Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Assoc. - 519-969-1261
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DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that OnTRA is not responsible for the accreditation, actions or activities at any OnTRA Member Centre. OnTRA has no legal or structural authority over any Member Centre as each Centre is autonomous. Be aware that horseback riding can be a dangerous sport therefore you should verify the safety procedures & the certification of the instructors at the therapeutic riding facility of your choice.
ple sclerosis, visual impairments and men- tal difficulties.
Therapeutic riding is a physical and social activity that teaches cooperation with people and animals. It provides an opportu- nity to share experiences with both disabled and able-bodied riders. Riding is mentally and physically stimulating, enhances alert- ness and the ability to concentrate, and helps to increase self-awareness and self- confidence.
The rhythmic three-dimensional move- ment of horseback riding benefits the rider by promoting general physical fitness, nor- malizing muscle tone, improving balance, reactions and strengthening muscles. TROtt’s combination of qualified instructors, trained volunteers, experienced therapist & staff and carefully selected horses ensure the safety and beneficial interaction of individual program partici- pants.
While all program activities are truly holistic in nature and engage the rider’s physical, mental and emotional participa- tion, individual requirements and specific goals are met through placement in an appropriate program category. These cate- gories include:
• Therapeutic Riding is conducted in small groups of up to a maximum of four riders per group. CanTRA (Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association – national governing body) qualified instructors, assisted by vol- unteers, teach lessons tailored to the riders’ abilities and requirements. Riders are encouraged to develop functional riding skills.
• Hippotherapy is a passive form of riding; the client reacts naturally to the three- dimensional rhythmic movement of the horse. A trained therapist works with the client on a one-on-one basis, using the horse as a living physiotherapeutic tool. • Developmental Riding is conducted indi- vidually or in small groups. A trained ther- apist encourages the rider’s movement exploration through a variety of develop- mental motor, perceptual motor and other sensory and sequencing activities and games.
• Remedial Educational Vaulting is con- ducted in small groups one on one. The exercises are similar to regular vaulting/voltige and improve coordination, gross and fine motor skills.
TROtt educates the public about the benefits of therapeutic riding by giving pre- sentations to service clubs, schools and a variety of other community groups. TROtt supports the standardization of therapeutic riding instruction through its own training program and by allowing the use of its facilities for regional examina- tions and international workshops. TROtt is a member in good standing of both OnTRA (provincial) and CanTRA (nation- al).
TROtt offers in-house instructor train- ing. BACKGROUND
• 1975 founded – known as GRAD, the Greenbelt Riding Association, located at the Greenbelt Riding School, Albion Road
Vice President: Treasurer: Secretary: Directors:
Viki LaCombe Kirsten Smith Virginia Pohler Pat DiMambro
Jessica Malpage, Kelly McGarrell, Megan Vance Kelly McGarrell
March 27th Para Equestrian Clinic
clinic was kept small intentionally to encourage dis- cussion between participants and clinicians. Six rid- ers were either classified, or re-classified throughout the day while participants were educated on rules, adaptive aids, rider ranking and the selection pro- cess. Each of the new Para-Dressage tests were also reviewed with attention given both to changes in design and scoring. Many of the rules were clarified, as were the processes for rider ranking and team
qualification. After a fabulous lunch (courtesy of Para Equestrian Canada), Viki LaCombe gave a brief overview of OnTRA’s history and future vision. Upon completion of the lecture series, we all gath- ered around a monitor to enjoy some of the high lights from the 2008 Para Olympic Games in Bei- jing. Many thanks to the clinicians for a highly informative day of learning.
• 1975 started with 4 riders participating in program
• 1982 moved to Equidae Stables in Greely • 1983 west-end branch of GRAD opened in Dunrobin
• 1984 published an English translation from German of a book by Wolfgang Heipertz entitled “Therapeutic Riding – Medicine, Education, Sports” – copies available @ $13 plus shipping direct from TROtt
• 1988 west-end branch moved to Helken Riding Stables in Dunrobin
• 1991 name officially changed to TROtt – Therapeutic Riding Associ- ation of Ottawa-Carleton Inc.
• 1993 sponsored and host- ed an Introductory Hip- potherapy course
• 1995 west-end branch separated from TROtt, now independently operated as “Heather”
• 1995 with the assistance of Rogers Community on Display/Public Service Announcement Fund, TROtt produced an infor- mative documentary video • 1996 presented and host-
ed pilot North American Intermediate Hip- potherapy Clinic
• 1999 61 riders participated weekly in our program
• 2000 CELEBRATING 25 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Conducting pilot project for CanTRA
• riders contribute $25 per hourly lesson towards TROtt’s annual operating expenses of approx. $200,000
• riders pay an annual membership fee of $25 for purposes of coverage by TROtt’s liability insurance VOLUNTEERS
• are the backbone of the organization, approx. 80 volunteers give generously of their time and expertise on a regular basis • are 14 years of age of older
• are of a reasonable fitness level, (expec- tant mothers are asked not to participate during pregnancy – for safety reasons) • can commit to assist in one two-hour time-slot per week, more if they wish • need no previous horse experience – train- ing is offered on an on-going basis • assist by grooming, tacking-up horses before a lesson; leading or walking beside a horse during the lesson; clean and put tack away at the end of the lesson
Assistant Instructor and Instructor home- study course
• 2001 Hosted a two-day Alexander Tech- nique clinic
4 assistant instructors and 2 instructors were certified with CanTRA.
• located at Equidae Stables, 6362 Bank Street, Greely
• mailing address – 6362-1 Bank Street, Greely, Ontario K4P 1J4
• telephone # (613) 821-1844, (613) 821- 1844
• fax # (613) 821-1466
• registered charity # 11947 3262 RR0001 • operates from March to November, using indoor and outdoor facilities
• lessons are scheduled during the day, evenings and Saturdays
• people aged 3 to 65 are considered with their physician’s approval
Useful Links http://trott.ncf.ca/
• establish rewarding relationships with their rider and horse
• are welcomed in many other capacities should they prefer not to work directly in the lessons e.g. they assist with fundraising, administration or activities.
• are asked to pay a $5 annual membership fee for purposes of liability insurance cov- erage.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Lynne Spooner - President
Bernie Berghout - Secretary Treasurer Alice Jones - Director at Large Nancy Reid - Director of Operations PROGRAM SUPPORT Paula Bernard - Program Assistant, Head Instructor Judy Brooks - Program Therapist Melissa Seay - Stable Manager & Volun- teer Coordinator Lelia Sponsel - Special Advisor
• an initial interview with TROtt’s therapist commences the application process • candidates are given forms at this inter- view for completion by themselves (par- ents/guardians) and their physician • physicians are provided with guidelines regarding precautions and contraindications to riding
• upon receipt of completed forms, suitable candidates join TROtt’s waiting list • riders leave the waiting list and join the program when an appropriate placement, compatible with their own individual needs, becomes available
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