Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society prepares for fall

The Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society is preparing hay, horses, bedding, tack and equipment needed for the busy fall session.

The Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society is preparing hay, horses, bedding, tack and equipment needed for the busy fall session.

This session goes from Sept. 24 to Nov. 30. It is a lovely time of the year to be on the trails and enjoy the outdoors before the winter rains set in.

The society has grown twice as large this year. The waiting list was getting too long, the horses were lacking space, and the staff and volunteers were stretched to the limit.

At the Exhibition Grounds (Barn A) the physically and mentally challenged children and adults will be attending. At Stonehenge Farm (Barn B), on the north corner of the Exhibition Grounds, we have leased (to purchase) 8.5 acres to accommodate the emotional portion of our program. All the registration forms are filled out and the riders are excited to get started.

Side-walkers and horse-handlers are needed to help riders. Workshops can start you, with other ongoing workshops, Equifit classes and many other learning ideas in the works.

Call either Barn A (250-338-1968) or Barn B (250-338-1987) and you will be matched with the horse and rider you would like to spend an hour or two, once a week with.

Share your sense of humour, your compassion, or even your own pains. You will experience a joy by giving. You will experience the horse as a gentle, patient and kind animal. And you will feel pride in yourself.

Orientation workshops are being held Sept. 10 at the Comox Valley  Exhibition Grounds from 10 to noon (250-338-1968) and at Stonehenge Farms from 1 to 3 p.m. (250-338-1987).

Orientation sessions are also scheduled for Sept 14 at Stonehenge Farms (enter off Dove Creek Road) from 10 to noon and at the Exhibition Grounds (in the big barn) from 1 to 3.

The orientation includes:  explanation of programs, characteristics of horses used, explanation of safety procedures, expectations and duties of volunteers, demonstration of horse-handling, demonstration of side-walking and holds. You will be asked to fill out our application forms and will receive the CVTRS handbook.                  Refreshments will be available.

— Comox Valley Therapeutic Riding Society

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