The Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association’s National Conference is happening in 2020!

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By Bren Pickel

Are you interested in pursuing the calling of therapeutic equine-assisted activities?

We are bringing together Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) experts from a diversity of fields from across the country to meet together at Olds College, in Olds, Alberta, from May 29 to 31, 2020. 

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Photo courtesy of Valley Therapeutic Equestrian Association


Professionals outstanding in the areas of physiotherapy, hippotherapy, biomechanics, para-dressage, equine-facilitated wellness, instructor certification, and program management will offer valuable tools to provide excellence in a challenging field. Conference sessions will include:

  • Pippa Hodge - Training the Eye of the Instructor - Lecture and Demonstration.
  • Teg Harper - Enhancing the Position - Biomechanics for the complex-needs body to enhance the longevity of the therapeutic horse.
  • Jane James - Leading the Transition from Recreational Riding to Para-Sport.
  • Tricia Mellor and Katlyn Wildfang - Examining the Theoretical Foundations of Equine-Facilitated Wellness (EFW).
  • Best Practices for Mounting and Dismounting - Facilitated by CanTRA Examiners, using both English and Western saddles, mounting blocks/platforms, and ramps.
  • Panel Discussions - Focused on Board/Program management, Fundraising, and Adaptations for specific disabilities.

Find registration, speaker bios, details on accommodations and travel, and more at the CanTRA website, under News & Info.

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Photo: Anne MacNeill

As the governing body for therapeutic equine-assisted activities (EAA) in Canada, CanTRA is responsible for establishing and maintaining standards for instructors and program centres. By creating a foundation of quality training and ongoing support, we bring positive change to the lives of people through EAA, benefiting their mental, social, and physical well-being.

For more information or to find a centre near you, visit  www.Cantra.ca or easily donate through www.CanadaHelps.org to ensure we continue to make strides forward in 2020!

Main photo: Bill Jorgenson

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