The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit. The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by five co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are Lynn Hallbrooks, Michelle Wallace, Sylvia Stein, Belinda Witzenhausen and myself, Sylvia McGrath. For more information on how to join this blog fest please click here! #WATWB is also looking for members to join us as co-hosts. If you are interested please drop us a line here!
Professor Owl’s newsletters have always tried to bring news with regards to children, youth and adults with special needs. Most years we have also shared information on summer camps and other organisations where they are able to experience and enjoy activities they never dreamed they would be able to do. Our #WATWB post this month is about one such organisation:
THE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION FOR RIDERS WITH DISABILITIES (CARD)
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Program & Riders
The CARD therapeutic riding program is offered through three sessions each year: Fall, Winter, and Spring.
CARD also offers a summer program. Details for the Summer Program will be released in Winter
- Year-round at CARD’s facility in G. Ross Lord Park
- 6 days a week
- Four sessions each year (Fall, Winter, Spring & Summer Camp program)
- The Fall, Winter & Spring sessions are 9-12 weeks long.
- The Summer Program is 6 weeks long.
- Each class is 30-60 mins long, depending on class type
All clients are assessed by CARD staff prior to program placement. The cost of the assessment is $100. Once the client is assessed, he or she is placed into the appropriate program class. Please click here for new rider inquiries.
DID YOU KNOW?
- All riders are assessed by the CARD staff prior to entering the program to ensure appropriate program fit
- There is no age restriction for CARD riders – riders can be as young as 4
- There is a weight restriction of 160 lbs for riders with no physical impairments. Riders with balance or motor control challenges will be assessed on a case-by-case basis for participation in mounted programs.
- The cost to maintain one therapy horse for a year (including maintenance, veterinary and farrier expenses, equipment, food) is approximate $9000
- The cost for one rider to participate in a session is more than $1500
- Each rider pays $570 – $870 per session – CARD fund-raises to subsidize the remaining funds
To improve the lives of children and adults with disabilities through quality therapeutic riding programs.
Looking for gifts in kind. If you would like to support CARD through donations of items, we would be glad to accept. Please take a look to see what we are currently accepting.
How to reach us
4777 Dufferin Street