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Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (3)

Why must each rider pay a membership fee each year?

The membership rider fee covers the CanTRA insurance and the CanTRA membership fee for our centre.

What qualifications do the CVTRS staff have?

Our instructors are certified with the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) and with Equine Canada.

Many of our staff have additional qualifications through other equine associations. Like any profession, our staff attend clinics, workshops and seminars frequently to remain current in their field.

All of our staff are trained and current in First Aid and CPR. CVTRS also works with many partners; physiotherapists, Child and Youth workers, counsellors and physicians to name a few.

What is CanTRA?

cantra-logo-fullThe Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) is the governing body of therapeutic riding in Canada. CVTRS is accredited by CanTRA and as such are inspected regularly to ensure a high level of safety standards. CanTRA member centres purchase liability insurance through CanTRA to provide adequate coverage and national standards of safety. CVTRS must pay a fee per rider to cover the cost of the insurance which is why we ask for $5 at the beginning of your first session every year. CanTRA offers a national certification program for therapeutic riding instructors as follows:

  • Canadian Therapeutic Riding Assistant Instructor (CTRAI)
  • Canadian Therapeutic Riding Intermediate Instructor (CTRII)
  • Canadian Therapeutic Riding Instructor (CTRI)
  • Canadian Therapeutic Riding Coach (CTRC)

For more information about CanTRA, please visit them at www.cantra.ca

Horses (3)

Does CVTRS own or lease the horses

CVTRS owns 3 of our therapy horses, Max,Bella and Brydee. All the rest are leased to us by their owners. The leased horses go home over the summer break, and Max,Bella and Brydee go home with a member of staff. 2013 fall herd

What qualifications do the CVTRS staff have?

Our instructors are certified with the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) and with Equine Canada.

Many of our staff have additional qualifications through other equine associations. Like any profession, our staff attend clinics, workshops and seminars frequently to remain current in their field.

All of our staff are trained and current in First Aid and CPR. CVTRS also works with many partners; physiotherapists, Child and Youth workers, counsellors and physicians to name a few.

Can I ride the horses?

Our therapy horses work so hard during the day, all week long. Their time off is their down time, so we don’t allow anyone to ride them other than the instructors for training purposes. A therapy horse is very specially trained, and although there is no one right way to ride or train a horse, we need them trained our way (the CanTRA way).

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Riding (11)

How old do you have to be to ride?

Our riders begin at age 5, although there may be special consideration depending on individual rider. There is no maximum age!

How do I get into the program?

We have 8 different programs.

Details about those programs are here.

How often do people come for riding?

Usually people come once a week for their riding program.

The duration of the class depends on which program the person is in. Physical therapy lessons are one hour long, and Stable Program lessons are one and a half hours. There are three sessions that run about 9-10 weeks per year. The sessions start around the last week in September and go though until early June. There are breaks between sessions in December and during the Comox Valley School District spring break.

How much does riding cost?

This depends on the program the rider is in but the average cost to the rider is between $18 to $27 per class. CVTRS must pay a fee per rider to cover the cost of the insurance each year. So in addition to  the session fees, once a year we ask for $5 to cover the cost of the rider insurance. The actual cost of programs are considerably higher then the rider fee charged, riders pay only 25% of the actual cost. The balance of the rider fees are secured by CVTRS through fund raising, special events, grants, and donations.

Do I need to wear special clothing to ride?

Our priority is safety for the Riders, Volunteers and Horses. Riders must wear ASTM approved helmets and a safety belt which are provided by CVTRS. Gloves, not mittens, are highly recommended (also available at CVTRS). We advise proper riding footwear or boots with up to a 1″ heel. Loose flapping clothing can scare a horse and or get caught, therefore not recommended. Long hair should be tied away from the face. Many people who come to CVTRS, as well as our horses, are sensitive to perfume and scents, so we ask that you avoid these on the days you’re at CVTRS.

Can people without special needs take lessons at CVTRS?

The Vaulting program is for riders of all abilities, with and without special needs. From time to time CVTRS will offer lessons or special programming to the general public as a fundraiser for the society. These sessions will be posted on the web. Feel free to call us at any time and see what’s up next!

Why must each rider pay a membership fee each year?

The membership rider fee covers the CanTRA insurance and the CanTRA membership fee for our centre.

Are there any weight restrictions?

There may be restrictions depending on the horses available. CanTRA has a policy that a rider’s weight must not exceed 180 lbs.

What qualifications do the CVTRS staff have?

Our instructors are certified with the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) and with Equine Canada.

Many of our staff have additional qualifications through other equine associations. Like any profession, our staff attend clinics, workshops and seminars frequently to remain current in their field.

All of our staff are trained and current in First Aid and CPR. CVTRS also works with many partners; physiotherapists, Child and Youth workers, counsellors and physicians to name a few.

How are the programs funded?

CVTRS receives funding from United Way, BC Community Gaming Grant and relies mainly on individual and corporate donations, grants, fund raising events and rider fees to meet its operating budget.

Volunteering (3)

What qualifications do the CVTRS staff have?

Our instructors are certified with the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) and with Equine Canada.

Many of our staff have additional qualifications through other equine associations. Like any profession, our staff attend clinics, workshops and seminars frequently to remain current in their field.

All of our staff are trained and current in First Aid and CPR. CVTRS also works with many partners; physiotherapists, Child and Youth workers, counsellors and physicians to name a few.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

Volunteers must be 15 to volunteer in the barn, and 18 to volunteer in the ring.

How old do I have to be to volunteer?

You may start volunteering in our barn at 15, and in the lessons at 18. However, there are always other things to do as a volunteer; collecting pop cans; distributing flyers and letters when we have a special event; having a family day clearing the trails around the fairgrounds; doing a report on us at school to bring awareness to the community. We are always happy to help with any resources and are so grateful for all our volunteers, inside the barn and out!