News & Events
**ALL YELLOW BLOCKS ARE LESSON DAYS**
For more detailed 2018 calendar CLICK HERE
Reminder to all riders and volunteers, we have a program break from Feb 12-14 to give our ponies a much needed rest. Lessons will resume as scheduled on Monday, Feb 19th.
Pub Night Fundraiser, Feb 1
Thank you so much for everyone who came out and supported the RTRA at our first annual Pub Night. It was a fun night with burgers and drinks at the Buck & Ear Pub. Thank you to Janice Cartwright, Vic Atkinson, Peter Levelton, Bill Jaffe from Bayswater Group, and Starbucks for the generous donations to our raffle. We were able to raise over $1800 for RTRA.
Coast to Coast Video Competition
Some of our RTRA riders enjoyed themselves when they participated at this annual competition sponsored by Equestrian Canada. Please click here for the results of the Nov 2017 Coast to Coast video competition.
2017 Annual General Meeting
We hope to have most, if not all our members attend our 2017 AGM scheduled for Tuesday October 10th 2017. The meeting will be held at Richmond City Hall and will commence at 6:30pm in room# M.1.003
Please be sure to notify the office of your plans to attend or your regrets as we must have a quorum to be able to do business. Please RSVP in person or via email to Erin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to everyone that supported our Annual Spring Fundraiser. With your help, we raised more than $12,000.00 for our Association! Also, congratulations to our raffle winners Kathleen B and Wei C – enjoy your new tech toys!
2017 Fundraiser – Save the Date
June 15, 2017!
RTRA 2015 Annual General Meeting
Please read the attached poster for details on the upcoming Annual General Meeting scheduled for Tuesday October 13, 2015.
The society NEEDS 11 voting members to attend to be able to do the business on the AGM agenda. The AGM is a great way to meet the full staff, the Board of Directors, other riders and their families as well as volunteers and community members. The AGM is also a wonderful platform to express your support, concerns, ask questions etc.
During the 2015 AGM, there will be discussion regarding the policies of RTRA Families and their involvement in fundraising. We urge you to attend the meeting, share your thoughts and cast your vote.
I have attached a link to our payments page (http://richmondtherapeuticriding.com/payments/) for any of you that have not yet paid your membership dues ($25.00) for the 2015/2016 season or for any of you that are not currently Members of the RTRA Society, but would like to become one. Membership is a great way to stay involved and notified of RTRA news and; membership gives you the right to attend and cast votes during the annual AGM.
We hope to see you at the meeting. Please remember to RSVP to the office.
20 Year Anniversary Party
Thank you to everyone who attended, made a donation before or at the fundraiser, families that assisted with auction items and the local individuals and businesses that donated items for our live and silent auctions. Thank you also to #westjet for the donation of airfares for our annual raffle, a key part of our annual fundraising efforts! The evening would not have been such a success without the help of so many wonderful and caring people!
Congratulations to the winners of the raffle:
3rd: Sylvie G ticket #316
2nd: Kelly S ticket #490
1st: JoAnn M ticket #1747
Hot off the Press!
We Have a New Name!
2015 is the 20 Year Anniversary of this organization! With the celebration of this milestone, the society is making a few changes to simplify and modernize our look and feel…the first change on the list was our name. We are now the:
Richmond Therapeutic Riding Association!
Over the coming months, a new logo will also be revealed as well as new email addresses and new fundraising campaigns.
Please be patient with us as we edit our website…all information and downloadable forms are still valid and will be accessible as we make the changes.
If you have any questions, please contact the office by calling 604-241-7837.
Annual General Meeting
and Special Resolution Meeting
Date: Tuesday October 14, 2014 Location: Richmond City Hall 6911 No 3 Road, Richmond BC (parking is available and the facility is fully accessible) Time: 6:30pm Room: M2002
Following the AGM will be a Special Resolution Meeting to vote on changing the name of our Society from the Richmond Therapeutic Equestrian Society to the Richmond Therapeutic Riding Association. The change of name has been approved by the BC Registry Services and now must be voted on by our membership. This is a project that the Board of Directors have been working on for nearly a year. With the approval from the City of Richmond and advice from marketing professionals, it is felt that the timing is right for a fresh look and name as we head into our 20th year. We invite our members to attend the AGM and Special Resolution Meetings to use their voting privileges on all matters on the agenda.
Please RSVP to Erin by emailing, email@example.com or by calling the office at 604-241-7837.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you there!
RTES In House Show
Saturday October 18, 2014
Save the Date! Details will be sent to families soon.
The RTES 2014 Spring Fundraiser
Nearly 160 people were present at the ANAF #284 Tuesday May 27th to help raise funds and awareness for the Therapeutic Riding Program at RTES. There was a great sense of community, pride and passion in the room from start to finish. With the crowds support and our MC’s Auctioneering skills, we were able to raise just over $8000.
RTES would like to thank everyone that was involved in the preparation for the event: staff, volunteers, families, community partners, City of Richmond officials, donors of auction and or door prizes, United Flower Growers for the beautiful centre pieces and of course the Army Navy Air Force unit #284 for their support and the venue.
Horses are wonderful creatures. They are loving, forgiving and tolerant. To the children and youth with disabilities riding at RTES, the horses are magical, they are their best friends and they hold no preconceived notions regarding limits.
RTES Lead With Your Heart Fundraising Event – Tuesday April 30th
This year, RTES will be hosting their annual fundraiser at the Country Meadows Golf Course, Tuesday APril 30th from 5:30 – 8:00pm. The evening will feature a live auction, a presentation by Para Olympian, Ashley Gowanlock and the draw for all the prizes in our WestJet raffle (tickets are available now and will be available at the event!).
Tickets are $60.00 ($30.00 tax receipt will be issued) and will include entrance, hot appetizers, a beverage and of course a great evening of socializing and fundraising! Tickets can be purchased on the ‘Payments’ page on this website via PayPal or they can be reserved by phone: 604-241-7837 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Visa, MasterCard, Cash and Cheque are accepted.
See you there!
November 15th Coast to Coast Competition Results are in!
Once again, RTES was well represented by a few of our riders in the November 15, 2012 Coast to Coast competition. Check out the full results here!
Want to join in? 2013 dates will be as follows: February 15, March 15, June 15, September 15 and November 15. See your Instructor for details.
Congratulations to RTES riders on their results from the PEC March Coast to Coast Show!
RTES riders were filmed during their lessons and then their entries were sent to Ontario for judging along with entrants from all across Canada. RTES entered riders in the equitation classes and placed in every class. Riders received great comments from the judge, Victoria Andrew, as well as ribbons (1st to 6th place) and prizes (1st to 3rd place).
RTES is very proud of you all!
Exciting News for the April 15th Fundraiser!
Come help the Richmond Therapeutic Equestrian Society raise funds and awareness for their Therapeutic Riding Program Sunday April 15th and have the chance to meet Ashley Gowanlock, a member of the Canadian Para Equestrian Team, and hear her amazing story.
Ashley Gowanlock was introduced to riding at an age when most of her peers were busy learning how to talk. At just two years old, Ashley was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and she began riding for therapeutic reasons. She quickly discovered a love for equestrian sport for the challenges it presented her and the freedom it afforded her. When she was on the back of a horse, her disability was no longer quite so apparent, and she found that for a short while she could escape a world where she was so often regarded as an outsider. Besides the pleasure that horseback riding gave her, she discovered, as she advanced ever further in her sport of Dressage, that she also thrived on the competition, continually pushing herself to reach the next level.
Since the 2008 Paralympics, Gowanlock has been training full time and representing her country at countless national and international events. In 2010 she competed in the World Equestrian Games, landing in the top half of her class with her best international show yet. Her next notable performance was Team Canada’s European tour when they competed in the Hartpury College and Bishop Burton competitions in July 2011 in England. At Bishop Burton only days later, Ashley would enter on two horses; not only DonnyMaskell (owned by Alexander Mitchell – who now competes on a horse purchased from the RTES Program Manager, Erin McRae), the horse she had been competing on for more than three years, but also Ferdonia II, (owned by her teammate Lauren Barwick), a horse that she had ridden only a handful of times before the competition. Despite the challenges, Gowanlock produced fantastic results, winning first place with Ferdonia II and second place with DonnyMaskell in two of her classes, and a first place when she rode only DonnyMaskell in the Freestyle test.
With her eyes on the podium for London 2012, Gowanlock’s next goal is to qualify Ferdonia II (Fergi) as her Paralympic mount. To this regard, Gowanlock has planned a competition intensive trip down to Florida where her teammate and Fergi’s owner, Lauren Barwick currently lives. Gowanlock will ride Fergi in one international and two international shows in Florida in hopes of qualifying her for the Paralympics before the deadline at the end of January 2012.
At home when her competition schedule is not so intense, besides training, she is involved in her community as both a youth leader and a Sunday school teacher at her local church and also as a spokesperson for a variety of organizations. Ashley enjoys public speaking because it allows her to share her passion for her sport, to talk about the challenges she faces being a disabled person and, with her courage, to inspire others to overcome obstacles in their own lives.
Join us in helping children with disabilities by attending the `Lead with Your Heart Luncheon’ Sunday April 15th, 2012 at the Executive Airport Plaza & Conference Centre from 10:30am – 1:30pm. Tickets are $35 per adult or $20 per child (children under 5 are free) and can be purchased by contacting the stables at 604-241-7837 or email@example.com.
Publications of Interest
- An article in the Pacific and Prairie Horse Journal (April 2010) about Riley, an RTES rider
- An article published in the Vancouver Sun in December 2008
- An article published in the Georgia Straight Newspaper in November 2008
- An article in the Pacific and Prairie Horse Journal about Richard, another RTES rider
- An article in the Gaitpost about Stephaney Schneider, an RTES rider