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4356 Myrtle Avenue
Powell River, BC

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PRTRA gratefully acknowledges financial support from the
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We are proud of the people who keep the doors open at Powell River Therapeutic Riding.


Head Instructor – Shannon Durant
Shannon has been instructing at PRTRA since 2009 when her family made the move to Powell River from the Sunshine Coast. She loves coming to work everyday because of the kids.
She has ‘Special Education Assistant ‘ certification, and continues to take courses in working with and teaching people with disabilities. We congratulate her on achieving her Intermediate level CANtra (Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association) Coaching certification in September 2014.
Shannon is almost fearless. She is not afraid of bears on the trail, cranky horses or getting lost. When Shannon is not busy horsing around or being a hockey and karate mom, Shannon and her family can be found exploring Powell River’s back country.

Volunteer Coordinator - Dusty Reid
Dusty returned to Powell River in November of 2010 with her family and, having volunteered with PRTRA in the past, wanted to be a part of it again. She started in March of 2011 and is amazed every day at the dedication of the staff and volunteers here. Her love of horses, kids and people makes this the perfect job for her and she is happy to have to come to work in her horsey clothes! Her family, dogs and horse love the outdoors, gardening, beachwalks and the fabulous sense of community they have found here on the coast.

Assistant Instructor - Shivaun Gingras
Shivaun began working at PRTRA as Assistant Riding Instructor in 2012. Originally commuting from Savary Island, she has recently decided to call Powell River home. Shivaun has always loved working with animals, in particular horses, and is so thrilled to be able to share her excitement with others. She is an Equine Canada level one coach and is currently working on becoming a CANTRA certified coach. When she’s not working around the stables she is usually out riding, hiking new trails, or crafting.

Barn Manager - Eileiah Kelly
Eileiah moved to Powell River in 2004 and was thrilled to see that we had a therapeutic riding program here.
She began volunteering at PRTRA in January 2005, was hired as a barn contractor in 2011 and became our Barn Manager in 2015.
She has Equine Emergency First Aid and in 2015 she successfully became a certified Equine Massage Therapist. Our horses have benefitted greatly from this therapy.
Eileiah loves the horses, but more importantly, loves this organization because of all the great people that make it happen. She often quotes one of our long time volunteers, Owen: “come for the horses, stay for the people and kids!”
Assistant Instructor - Donna Thurgood
Donna joined our team in September of 2017, she has volunteered with us since 2015.
Donna moved to Powell River in 2013 from Alberta.
She grew up on Vancouver Island and has always had animals in her life so the PRTRA is a great fit for her. She also enjoys hiking and camping.


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