The Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association’s National Conference is happening in 2020!
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.
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.
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.
Main photo: Bill Jorgenson