Our Staff


The staff at RTRA is committed to helping children reach their full development potential. All instructors are certified which ensures we provide a safe, appropriate riding program, providing maximum therapeutic benefits.

Our instructors have a strong background in riding and working with horses and are familiar with the disabilities of their riders. Our knowledge and experience allows us to teach our students in a safe and effective manner. The staff is regularly attending workshops and clinics to keep up to date with the different techniques that can be used in Therapeutic Riding.

Alyssa Bigiolli,  Co-Program Manager & Volunteer Coordinator

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Alyssa has participated and worked in the horse industry in the Lower Mainland for over 15 years. Taking a short break from horses to travel and study at SFU, Alyssa then started at RTR in 2013 as an Exercise Rider. She quickly fell in love with the ponies and was very excited when she was asked to be the Part-time Volunteer Coordinator in 2015. Over the past few years Alyssa has learned a lot about Therapeutic Riding and has completed her CanTRA Basic Instructor 2 and Equine Canada Instructor certification. Her roles at RTR now include teaching, managing volunteers, fundraising and taking care of our horses.

Email: Alyssa

Mélodie Gerbier, Co-Program Manager & Lead Instructor

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Melodie’s love with horses started in France very early on but initially decided to work as a project manager in the chemical industry. After a few years in the industry she realized that horses and people needed to have a bigger place in her life, and she joined RTR in February 2017 as a CanTRA Intermediate Instructor. Melodie is the Head Instructor and takes care of special projects along with troubleshooting tech related issues!

Email: Mélodie

Donna Hand, Office Manager

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Donna joined RTRA in Dec 2017 and comes to us with a background in hospitality and administration. Donna is the office manager and some of her duties include invoices, billing, tax receipts, fundraising and other administrative tasks.

Email: Donna

General inquiries: 604 241 7837