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Family Day thanks!

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Cash Raffle Winner

Silent Auction

Book the Arena

Wish List

Message for Sponsors

PRTRA gratefully acknowledges financial support from the
Province of BC

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reach us

for information contact the Centre:
(Mailing address)
4356 Myrtle Avenue
Powell River, BC
V8A 0T2
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United Way of Powell River

Aaron and Regn
Ann and Jinx
Appollo and Jordyn
Brittnay and Apollo

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donation to buy a horse

We would like to thank the Hospital Auxiliary for their continued support of our program. Their donations provide an integral piece of PRTRA - our Therapy Horses.

This year's donation allowed us to purchase our beautiful Zora, a 'silver or grey' Fjord mare who is an excellent therapy horse for all our riders, from pre-school to adult.

Thank you again!

Thank you Telus!

This year we were once again pleased to receive an annual grant from the Telus Community Action Team.

Telus, their team members and retirees have contributed millions of dollars and hours of service in local communities.

And as a member of Imagine Canada through the Imagine Canada Caring Company program they donate more than 1% of their pre-tax profits to charitable organizations like ours.

Thank you again Telus
for supporting the communities you serve.

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25th Anniversary Christmas Event

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Open House 2016 Open House 2016 Open House 2016 Open House 2016

Thank you to Everyone who visited us at our Open House Nov. 19th!!

We feel very lucky to have had such wonderful support for this event, Folks came by to say hello and have a coffee, join in the fundraising activities and see what we do here. It was busy and fun!!

A very special, heart-felt thank you to all our voluneers.

This year Scotia Bank once more came out not only to volunteer for the whole event but to match funds raised, this has made this event into an important fundraiser for us which is a bonus to an event that was created to say “HI and Thank you” to our community. Thank you Scotia Bank!!


Silent Auction Thanks

We are very grateful to all the merchants, volunteers and friends of Powell River Therapeutic Riding Association for your support of our Silent Auction held during the Fall Fair. Thank you also to everyone who came and generously bid on our items.

The money raised will help us continue to provide this unique and effective form of therapy to over 70 riders weekly.

Sponsors List

50/50 Raffle Winner

Liam and Nellie with our 50/50 Draw $4,160 lucky winner Ann Mantoani.

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2016 Family Day and 25th Anniversary Celebration

Our riders showed off the skills they learned throughout the year to family and friends on Family Day, June 4, 2016.

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We also celebrated our 25th Anniversary and honoured two of our founders, Daphne Wilson and Sylvia Stoddart. (click for more photos)

Our thanks to these sponsors


Thank-you to the Hammersmith Foundation for helping sponsor a horse and rider.

This is the third year we have received this generous support & we are very grateful.


First Credit Union and Insurance
Community Impact Day
June 16, 2016

Community Imact Day Community Impact Day

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First Credit Union and Insurance and Westview Agencies Ltd. Employees certainly made a difference for us to be able to complete our field expansion by installing fences and electrical tape.

These people also came last October and helped clear the field. We are thrilled and our horses are going to love having more room and being able to get under the trees.

Thank-you very much for your help!

Royal Bank Day of Service

Royal Bank Day of Service Royal Bank Day of Service

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Royal Bank employees came and helped us as part of their Day of Service Grant. They spotlessly cleaned our hay barn and put up plastic vapour barrier around the walls. This will help keep our hay fresh throughout our moist winters.

Your help made us ready for our big hay delivery in August. Thank-you!


Variety - The Children's Charity

We are very honoured to have recieved a very large donation from Variety - The Children's Charity!

With the additional donations by our local Royal Canadian Legion Powell River Branch 164, The Powell River Community Foundation, and Horse Council B.C. we were finally able to build the rest of our shelters in our therapy horses' pastures, restore the old shelters and upgrade the pastures.

“Variety is pleased to partner with the Association in the provision of key resources for children within their community”.

“Variety has an individual grants program as well. Families with children who have special needs are encouraged to contact them at or call 604-320-0505 to learn more.

They provide funding for mobility and communication equipment and therapies, bursaries to special schools and summer camps, and other items which exceed the coverage of public and private health plans”.

“Variety believes that each child who has special needs is a champion, and is inspired by the courage and determination with which they meet their challenges. With support, children are able to achieve remarkable little victories.”

our history and purpose

The Powell River Therapeutic Riding Association was formed in 1991 to provide Therapeutic Horse Back Riding for children and adults with physical, mental, emotional and learning disabilities.

vision statement

The Powell River Therapeutic Riding Association is a secure organization that works collaboratively within the community to provide unique, accessible therapy to people with disabilities in Powell River.

mission statement

The Powell River Therapeutic Riding Association will continue to provide therapy with horses, while focussing on increased sustainability and engagement of our community.

can I participate?

Potential participants must have a physical assessment by our physiotherapist and a physician’s referral before they can be considered for the riding program. Clients are selected on a needs basis, but those with physical disabilities have top priority. Disabilities range from Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, Spina Bifida, Downs Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis and Brain and Spinal Cord injuries. We have an average of 75 riders participating in our program each week, ranging from pre-school to senior.

requirements of riding

We have separate classes for pre-school and school-aged children, as well as adults. If you think Therapeutic Riding is for you, or someone you know, please call us at 604.485.0177.

Please note that at present there is a waiting list of people who meet the criteria to participate in the program. When a space becomes available it will be filled by an individual who has been assessed as having the greatest need, or who we believe would best fit the particular class that has a vacancy.

Class times:

9 am to 4:45 pm
9 am to 4 pm
9 am to 4:45 pm
9 am to 4 pm

Our program operates from mid to late September and ends in mid-June. We follow the public school schedule, and there are no regular classes on holidays, professional development days, parent/teacher conference days and during the summer and spring break.

Criteria for participation in the School-Aged Children's Program:

  • Open to all Kindergarten to Grade 12 students with an identified disability - physical, sensory, emotional, behavioural or learning
  • Open to students from the school district, private schools or students who are home schooled
  • Referrals can come from school staff, physicians, parents, preschool physiotherapist and occupational therapist
  • All students must have a signed physician’s form and parent release agreement prior to participation in the program
  • School-aged program physiotherapist assesses students for suitability in the program and scheduling into an appropriate class in consultation with riding instructor/s
  • For safety reasons, students must weigh less that 180 lb to participate in the program

why therapeutic riding?

The goal of our therapeutic program is to relax and stretch tight muscles, to develop strength and endurance in weakened areas; improve posture, balance, coordination, concentration and attention. This all leads to better social skills, communication and confidence which helps the riders to be better prepared for school and to participate more fully in all aspects of daily living.

The motion that occurs in the pelvis and hips when riding is similar to that of walking, so it provides the rider with the “movement experience” of what it feels like to walk. For some children, this will actually aid in the development of walking. Riding also provides sensory experience, through touch, sight, sound, smell and movement. For individuals with sensory dysfunction, the contact with the horse and the motion of riding help to calm, regulate and integrate the sensory system.

Our secondary objective is to enable our Volunteers and Staff to become knowledgeable regarding safe, appropriate procedures for the delivery of the program. We do this through an initial training session and monthly safety updates for volunteers. Our staff have completed, and annually renew, their first aid certificates.

how can I help?

Our Association relies heavily on volunteers, donations and fundraising as well as different grants.

Consider volunteering, donating and supporting our fundraisers. Your financial support helps us to raise approximately two thirds of our annual budget!!

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integration with the health care community

Local and Regional health care delivery resources have supported the Powell River Therapeutic Riding Association through referrals and financial support. These supporters include Doctors, Therapists, both Acute Care and Public Health, Mental Health Services, and other local organizations that provide support to Persons with Disabilities.

an important message to our supporters

The Powell River Therapeutic Riding Association places a high value on our relationship with you, our donors. Without your support we would not be able to achieve our mission to provide therapeutic rehabilitation to individuals with disabilities through the use of the horse. We thank you for your commitment to us.

We believe that transparency and accountability are essential to our success. Please contact us if you have any questions at 604-485-0177

a final word

The motivating belief is that therapy through horseback riding is one of the more progressive forms of therapy, offering empowerment and inspiring self-confidence, a sense of responsibility and teamwork.

Most importantly, riding is a FUN way to receive therapy!

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