NANCY KING started with CVTRS in 2009, and is now the Executive Director. Over the years, Nancy has assumed ever increasing roles of responsibility with CVTRS; bookkeeping, budgeting and financial reporting, office manager, grant writing and fundraising coordinator. She has a diploma in Accountancy and a CPIM certification in Planning. Nancy is a CanTRA certified Assistant Instructor.
Hilary Doucette started work at CVTRS in 2014 as a part time office assistant, but her love of all things scheduling and organizing quickly became apparent, and she transitioned into the volunteer coordinator, program coordinator, grant writer and office manager! Phew!
Hilary is owned by one of the therapy horses, Friday, and loves her job both in the office and helping out wherever she is needed!
Tegwyn Harper grew up in the UK, riding horses for clients from a young age which transitioned into coaching others at her property with her horses. She specialized in eventing, showjumping and hunting, as well as training horses for her clients. In 2007, Teg and her family emigrated to Canada and set up on a lovely farm in Black Creek, British Columbia. Settling into life in Canada, she found herself drawn to therapeutic riding and became a passionate advocate for the Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society (CVTRS). In 2008, Teg achieved her CTRSI certification and helped bring CVTRS to accreditation and into the CanTRA family. In 2014 became a CanTRA Coach. Following her life long interest and novice involvement in rider biomechanics, she began her formal studies with Colleen Kelley in 2012. Just three years later Teg won the prestigious International Biomechanics Coach of the Year award in Kentucky, USA. As the Head Instructor at The Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society, Teg continues to coach privately around Northern Vancouver Island, specializing in Rider Biomechanics and Rider Fundamentals. “It is the grassroots teaching that matters. Biomechanics make you aware of the body and how it can affect the horse, which is essential to therapeutic riding”.
Ashleigh Masini started volunteering with CVTRS as a teenager and hasn’t looked back since. She became CanTRA certified in 2013 and is currently an Intermediate Instructor. In 2019 she also took on the role of being the barn manager and is thoroughly enjoying wearing both hats!
Recently moved from Ontario, Jacinta Secker has been working with horses since she was ten years old. From volunteering at a trail riding facility, interning at an Icelandic Pony farm in Germany, working at a large hunter jumper barn in Toronto, and finally working as a barn hand at CVTRS Jacinta is no stranger to the Equine world. “I love working at CVTRS because they care equally about the horses and the people who make up this place. Everything is very organized, and because of this, I can give the proper care each horse deserves during my shift. CVTRS is such a positive environment, and I can truthfully say to anyone who asks, that I really love my job.”