Meet Maggie. Maggie is a very special horse, and not just because she is a therapy horse with The Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding. She is just one of those great horses that is “consistently steady and dependable” according to Teg Harper, head instructor with CVTRS. Need a horse to be quiet and mindful of a tentative rider? That’s Maggie. Need a horse with a big personality and sense of humour to carry an excited child? All you have to do is ask, and Maggie will happily give you that too.
Maggie was purchased by CVTRS this year in large part with the proceeds from a Horse Fund that was seeded with a number of donations made in the memory of Sheila Carvalho, who passed away in 2014.
Sheila had been a volunteer with CVTRS and was “very much liked and respected by everyone who was fortunate enough to get to know her” said Nancy King, CVTRS’s executive director.
Additional donations were also made by Sheila’s family, Dr. Lui Carvalho, their children Simon and Louise; and by members of our very own community who answered our call for help to purchase this wonderful horse.
If you would like to help with the care and feeding of Maggie, or any of the other 11 therapy horses, make a ‘Hay for Horses’ Gift of Giving donation.
Here’s how it works: your donation will purchase hay for one of our therapy horses for a day, a week, or more depending on your purchase amount.
Once your request is received, we will mail out a gift acknowledgment (not the actual bale of hay!) to your recipient, notifying them that you’ve made the purchase on their behalf. Alternatively, you can pick one up at our office and present it to your loved one in whichever way you wish: stashed in a stocking, wrapped up in a box, or maybe inside some socks!
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 or check out our website at www.cvtrs.com. The requests must be received in our office on or before Dec. 12 to make sure your recipient receives the mailed notification in time. In December we’re open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday until Dec 21.
FMI call 250-338-1968. Tax receipts are available for donations $10 and over.
The Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society has been serving the Comox Valley since 1987. We are a registered non-profit that provides therapeutic riding programs for children and adults with physical, mental and emotional challenges. Therapeutic riding has many social, psychological and physical benefits for our riders.