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Kirsten Smith Megan Watson Virginia Pohler Pat DiMambro


Janine Langley, Kate Day, Maryanne Kjemtrup

ManeLine Editor: Kate Day therapeutic riding... horses helping people


by Daphne Davey

At the CanTRA annual gen- eral meeting, the winners of the 2012 CanTRA awards were announced. Drum roll, please!

CanTRA Outstanding Therapy Horse Award “LICORICE” (Comox Thera- peutic Riding Society, Vancouver Island, BC)

Laureli Morrison, an instructor at Comox writes: “Licorice is a 14.1 hh black and white draft-cross mare who came to us at the age of six. She is the go-to horse for a very physically challenged rider or one who needs to build their confidence. Over the past sixteen years Licorice has also been used for summer camps, vaulting, and

Licorice and friend Laureli Morrison help raise funds for their Comox program. Photo courtesy of Comox TRS


Experienced barn person, responsible for daily care of horses, stalls and stable area. Busy riding program. Full-time contract position with ongoing possibili- ties. Interviewing July, commencing mid-August. Cover letter with resume to: Sunrise Therapeutic Riding, Attn: Lynne O’Brien, 6920 Concession 1, Puslinch, ON N0B 2J0, Fax: 519-837-1233,


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.

year. Alan is a veterinarian with an estab- lished practice in Orton, Ontario (visit Licorice will receive a crested, fitted cooler.

JANINE LANGLEY (SARI therapeutic rid- ing centre, Arva, Ontario)

A colleague of Janine’s writes: “I just want you to know how amazing it is to have you as Head Instructor…I truly value you as a mentor and think you are doing a wonderful job.”

Andrea Gillies Outstanding Instructor Award

Parents Brenda and Terry Searl agree. “Our daughter, Jessica, has mental and physical disabilities,” they explain. “When she first started she couldn’t even cope with going into the barn. Now after over 25 years in the program she is thrilled to take a carrot or two for Licorice. All thera- py horses are special, but Licorice embodies all the special traits a therapy horse needs to be successful.” CanTRA is delighted that Alan and Suzanne Manning of Manning Equine Vet Ser- vices are sponsoring the Therapy Horse award this

Janine Langley spends a quiet moment with therapy pony Tinker at SARI. Photo courtesy of SARI

pulling our wheelchair cart. I always introduce Licorice as the ‘best horse in the barn.’”.

And Diane Blackall, SARI’s executive director, adds: “Janine’s confidence, skills and cooperative working style make her a strong and valued team member. Her ideas and efforts have breathed new life into SARI.” A long list of Janine’s achievements includes her progress through the ranks, her success in increasing rider and instructor numbers, developing programs and fund-rais- ing events, and training therapy horses.

BRENDA ELKINS (TEAD therapeutic rid- ing program, Mount Hope, Ontario)

Brenda began volunteering in 2003, despite a demanding job. Riders and instruc- tors soon came to rely on her as a most valu- able volunteer, and now she is a lesson captain. TEAD folk say she is bright, happy, cheerful, and very enthusi- astic. TEAD is a better place for having Brenda as a vol- unteer. Brenda has also taken on important fund-raising and communications responsibilities, including pledge- earning and participating in their annual Ride-A-Thon. She was also instrumental in linking TEAD to “Project

Brenda Elkin and therapy horse Andy at TEAD. Photo courtesy of TEAD

Concern,” a fund-raising program of the police depart- ment (where she works), which now supports TEAD. Congratulations to all the 2012 winners! Please make a difference to a child or adult with a disability by donating to CanTRA at www.Canada-

Northern Lights Therapeutic Riding Association Presents

Instructor Training Events: May-Sept 2012 – Equine Canada Rider preparation level testing E&W. Aug 19-21, 2012 - National Coaches Certification Program • Equine Canada Equestrian Specific 2-Day Training Workshop

Aug 21 - Teaching Workshop English and western Sept 2012:

Beginner English Instructor of Beginner Program Evaluation English Competition Coach For more information contact: 68 L.7, C.1 Val Rita, Ontario P0L 2G0 (705) 335-2441 or

Rhonda Davies Outstanding Volunteer Award


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