Consider the gift of giving this season, and support a local charity that is environmentally friendly, socially conscientious and very unique!
When was the last time you gave a bale of hay for Christmas?! Please see our purchase forms in the paper, phone in your request, hit the Hay For Horses button on the top right hand corner of your screen, or come on down to the barn to get the hay bale rolling! Outgoing mail requests must be received in our office on or before Dec 12th to make sure your recipient receives the mailed notification in time. FMI call the office at 250-338-1968. Tax receipts are available for donations $10 and over.
Proud to be a fully certified and accredited Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association Centre
˜For centuries horses have assisted humans by being workers, transporters, companions, teachers and therapists˜
The Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society began in 1986, servicing just 3 children. Today it has grown to one of the largest therapeutic riding centers in BC, with up to 100 clients and 150 volunteers each week!
Our riders have varying abilities and unique challenges and our program is designed to enhance physical and cognitive abilities as well as quality of life for each participant.
Our therapy horses have a special affinity for people and a gentle, responsive disposition. They undergo a comprehensive training program that includes ground training, ridden training and orientation to all the equipment used in the program. i.e., mounting block, barrels, cones, toys, etc. Horses are creatures of habit and learn by repetition, therefore it is necessary that they are all trained and handled with consistency.
Our Instructors are all certified through the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association, a national organization, and maintain regular updating, including First Aid.
Our Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization and fulfill a number of tasks.
The largest number of volunteers are horse handlers and side walkers, and they work directly with our horses and riders in the arena and on the trails. Volunteers are incredibly valuable to the safety and success of our riders. Each volunteer undergoes an orientation and ongoing training sessions to become familiar and skilled in working within a team environment. Some volunteers go on to become instructors; others may fulfill duties within the barn such as grooming and tacking up/un-tacking.
Volunteers also help with a variety of fundraising, administrative and maintenance chores. There is a job for everyone and, while we all take away a sense of achievement and pride, volunteers give much more than they take away.
CVTRS is proudly supported by: