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34/ FEBRUARY 2012 THE RIDER


www.ontra.ca ONTARIO THERAPEUTIC RIDING ASSOCIATION


President:


Vice President: Treasurer: Secretary:


Kirsten Smith Megan Watson Virginia Pohler Pat DiMambro


Directors:


Janine Langley, Kate Day, Maryanne Kjemtrup


ManeLine Editor: Kate Day therapeutic riding... horses helping people ManeLine OnTRA Making a Difference!


The Therapeutic Riding Association of Ottawa – Carleton (TROtt) recently received a grant from the Ontario Therapeutic Riding Association (OnTRA). TROtt was able to use this grant to fund Rider Level Testing for an instructor in training and to cover the tuition fees for another instructor com- pleting their Canadian Therapeutic Riding Associa- tion (CanTRA) certification. TROtt specifically applied for this grant from OnTRA to confirm their support for the ongoing development of instructor training and education. With the remaining OnTRA grant money, TROtt was able to purchase an adorable pony named Shadox! Shadox had been leased for several years and was already a very important member of the TROtt program. Shadox continues to positively impact the lives of many rid- ers at TROtt and is loving his permanent home!


Come Visit OnTRA at the 2012 Can Am Emporium! OnTRA will be sharing a booth with SARI Therapeutic Riding this year at the Can Am Equine Emporium in London, Ontario. Come visit us March 16th, 17th, or 18th and find out how you can support Therapeutic Riding in your province!


Don’t forget to check out www.ontra.ca for the latest news and updates from OnTRA!


Shadox 2011 OnTRA MEMBER CENTRES


ASHBURN: The Stables at WindReach Farm - 905-655-5827 BARRIE/ORILLIA: Stonegate Farm - 705-791-4441 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 CALEDON EAST: Peace Ranch - 905-584-9156 CARLETON PLACE: Lanark County Therapeutic Riding Program - 613 257-7121 ext. 236 CORNWALL: Brave-Hearts Riding Club - 613-528-1616 GREELY: TROtt - 613-821-1844 GUELPH: Sunrise Therapeutic Riding & Learning Centre - 519-837-0558 HAMILTON: T.E.A.D. - 905-679-8323 KARS: Tranquil Acres. - (613) 489-5294 KITCHENER: CODRP / Pride Stables - 519-653-4686 LONDON: SARI Therapeutic Riding - 519-666-1123 MILTON: Windrush Stable Therapeutic Riding Centre - 905-854-6008 ORANGEVILLE: EQUUS 3D - 519-940-0048 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 - 416-995-3842 SHELBURNE: Traditions Farm Therapeutic Riding Centre - 519-925-1866 ST. CATHARINES: Horse Alternative Therapeutic Services - 905-704-9820 SAULT STE. MARIE: Therapeutic Ride Algoma - 705 945-8546 THUNDER BAY: Thunder Bay Therapeutic Riding Assoc.- 807-472-5650 TORONTO: C.A.R.D. - 416-667-8600 TORONTO: Saddle Up For Success - 416-932-1919 TOTTENHAM: Awesome Acres Therapeutic Riding Centre - (905) 936-1197 VAL RITA: Northern Lights Therapeutic Riding Assoc. - 705-335-2441 WHITBY: Durham Therapeutic Riding Assoc. - 905-668-6680 WINDSOR: Windsor-Essex Therapeutic Riding Assoc. - 519-969-1261


Please volunteer at a centre near you!


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.


Para-Equestrian Canada Announces 2012 Election Results


Ottawa, ON—Para-Equestrian Canada is pleased to announce the 2012 election results for positions on the Canadian Para- Equestrian Committee (CPEC).


Lauren Barwick of Aldergrove, BC; Kendra Flynn Stronach of Brooklin, ON; Elizabeth McMullen of Palgrave, ON; and Jessica Rhinelander of Ottawa, ON have been elected to the CPEC. The positions on the committee are not specific in task and each position is for a two-year term begin- ning in February 2012.


“We are fortunate to have such a diverse and skilled group of new members joining the committee this year,” said Amie O’Shaughnessy, director of Para-Equestrian at Equine Canada. “This is a very exciting year for the committee, and I am confident that the new members will be valuable con- tributors to the success of our athletes at the 2012 Paralympic Games.”


Para-Equestrian Canada would like to recognize two long-term committee mem- bers who have both completed a six-year- term—Isabel Reinertson, who held the chair position during her entire tenure, and Sue Mott, who joined the committee in 2006 through her interest in para-driving. “The enormous growth of para-eques- trian sport in Canada over the past six years is a testament to Isabel’s leadership and vision, and we are fortunate that Isabel will be fulfilling a number of key roles within the discipline over the next year.” added O’Shaughnessy. “Sue’s insights and contri- butions have also been valued by her fellow committee members, and we are pleased that she will continue as chair of the Para- Equestrian Driving Committee to further expand programs in other areas of para- equestrian sport.”


The new members join Sharon Buffitt of Pointe Claire, QC; Jane James of Dun- can, BC; and Gwynne Rooke of Stouffville, ON. The Committee will elect a chairper- son from amongst its own members at the first meeting in February.


About Para-Equestrian Sport


For more information, please visit www.equinecanada.ca/para-equestrian. About Equine Canada


For more information about Equine Canada, please visit www.equinecanada.ca.


Canadian Para-Equestrian Team Victorious at Gold Coast Dressage Opener CPEDI3*


Ottawa, ON—The winning ways of the Canadian Para-Equestrian Team have started in 2012 the same way they finished in 2011—with victory. The Team win was not the only suc- cess of the Canadian riders at the Gold Coast Dressage Opener CPEDI3*, held at the Jim Brandon Equestrian Centre in West Palm Beach, FLA, January 19-22, they also won eight of the 16 classes offered.


Using the combined scores from the Team test and Individual test, Canadians Lauren Barwick, Ashley Gowanlock, Madison Law- son and Jody Schloss won the team competition with a total of 419.537%, while the host nation United States finished second with 407.471%.


In individual competition, Schloss of Toronto, ON, won all three of her Grade 1a classes riding Inspector Rebus, her 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding. The pair received 67.157% for their Team test, 70.583% in the Individual test and 69.167% for their Freestyle. Also competing in Grade 1a was Robyn Andrews of St. Johns, NL, riding her horse Fancianna, an 11- year-old Warmblood mare, and Ravallo Son, Santana Rooyakkers’ 17-year-old Bavarian Warmblood gelding. In the Team Test Andrews placed third with Fancianna and sixth aboard Ravallo Son. In the Individual test Andrews was sixth with Fancianna and seventh riding Ravallo Son, while in the Freestyle Andrews finished sixth with Fan- cianna.


Barwick of Aldergrove, BC, rode Equine Canada’s nine-year-old Oldenburg mare, Off to Paris, to top scores in Grade II over the three


Photo Credit— Lindsay McCall, United States Para-Equestrian Association


days earning 71.667% in the Team test, 70.159% in the Individual test, and 73.917% in the Freestyle, also winning all three classes.


“I’m thrilled with some of the new accomplishments we were able to achieve in the ring by freestyle day,” said Barwick who is also a Parelli 4 Star Professional and a 2008 Paralympic gold and silver medalist. “After our Individual test we changed a few things in a train- ing session and felt like we really moved forward. I want to thank Own the Podium. It’s wonderful to have such a quality mare like Paris to ride.”


Riding Lauren Barwick’s nine- year-old Oldenburg mare, Ferdonia 2, Gowanlock, of Surrey, BC, won the Grade 1b Team Test with 70.985%. The pair then went on to


finish second in the Individual Championship test with a score of 68.986%. Gowanlock got back to her winning form in Freestyle scor- ing 73.417%.


Lauren Barwick, Off To Paris.


“Ferdonia 2 was fantastic this weekend,” said Gowanlock. “We are still a very new partnership, so each time we get in the ring together I feel like we are figuring each other out more and more and developing better understanding. It feels amaz- ing to sit on a horse and feel the potential of the partnership taking shape. Knowing that with more time and some tweaking here and there the sky is the limit.”


In Grade VI Team test, Lynne Pool of Schomberg, ON, finished in second (64.427%), riding Vasco E,


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