How to Apply

To be accepted into the NFTRA riding program please follow the steps below:

Downloadable Forms
New Rider Package

Step One:
Have the Physician’s Referral form completed by the interested rider’s physician. Ensure they read through the list of guidelines/contraindications while completing the referral.

Step Two:
Complete the Rider Contact Form

Step Three:
Mail or drop off the fully completed Rider Package to the NFTRA Office.

Once your Rider Package has been processed our Program Coordinator will contact you to set up a Rider Assessment. This assessment will provide an opportunity for you to meet the instructors and to have your needs as a rider assessed. After the Assessment is completed we will discuss scheduling options and work towards placing your rider into the program. Phone: 604-462-7786 | Email: programs@nftra.ca

Mailing Address:                                                           Physical Address:

NFTRA                                                                              NFTRA Office (use 2nd driveway)
PO Box 31601 Meadowvale Shopping Center       13345 Park Lane
Pitt Meadows, BC                                                           Maple Ridge, BC
V3Y 2G7                                                                        *Do not send mail to this address

It is mandatory that a parent, guardian or friend who is physically capable of volunteering, accompany the rider to each lesson. In the event that there are not enough volunteers present for the lesson, they will be asked to assist their rider.

Upon acceptance into the program you will be required to complete the following forms: Confidentiality and Billing and Administrative form Parent/Guardian Release form Emergency treatment form Parent/guardian volunteer information and liability form.

Inclusion in the program is dependent upon many factors, including scheduling, the availability of the instructors, volunteers and horses. It’s highly desirable for a parent, guardian or friend to volunteer with the rider during their lesson if at all possible.

Funding Information for Riders

FAQ: How much does Therapeutic Riding cost?

Our therapeutic riding lesson fees are highly subsidized by government funding through BC Gaming and private and corporate donations along with annual fundraising events like our horse show and pub nights. Without the support of the community we would not be able to provide this valuable service. The weekly lesson fee paid by riders reflects 33% of the actual costs of offering these therapeutic services.

FAQ: How do I pay?

Riders are billed (invoices are emailed) before the start of the session. Payment is due at the first lesson. We accept cheques, cash and e-transfers (send e-tranfers to manager@nftra.ca).

Autism Funding:

For riders who would like to use their Autism Funding, please state this under the Billing portion of the Rider Information Form.

At Home Program Funding:

For riders who would like to use their At Home Program Funding, please state this under the Billing portion of the Rider Information Form. .

Other Funding Providers:

We work with many different funding providers such at Variety, CKNW Orphans Fund, Lions, Kiwanis, and various schools and school districts. If you have funding available and would like to use it for therapeutic riding please write this under the Billing portion of the Rider Information Form and we will work with you to ensure all the paperwork and authorizations are completed.

Possible Funding Sources:

Autism Funding Unit

www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/autism/contact

At Home Program

http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/family-social-supports/children-teens-with-special-needs

BC Rehab Foundation – Individual Grant Program

http://www.bcrehab.com/applications/individual-grant-programs

  • Funding for individuals living with physical disabilities
  • Includes equipment and therapy programs

CKNW Orphan’s Fund

www.cknworphansfund.com

  • Provides funding for children with special needs in BC.
  • Funding can be used for therapeutic services (e.g. therapeutic riding), specialized/adaptive equipment, and education (bursaries).
  • Available for children under 19.

Maple Ridge Lions Club

http://www.mapleridgelionsclub.org/Support.html

Presidents Choice Children’s Charity

www.presidentschoice.ca/en_CA/community/pccc

  • Helps families with a child with a physical or developmental disability who is 18 years old or under.
  • Grants can help with mobility equipment, and environmental modification or therapy.

Variety, the Children’s Charity

www.variety.bc.ca

  • Provides financial assistance for children who have special needs, with the costs of a wide range of equipment, therapies educational, social and recreational programs.
  • For children up to 19 years of age.

Athletics for Kids

www.a4k.ca

  • A privately funded charity to assist B.C. children ages 5 to 18 participate in amateur sport.
  • Child must be currently enrolled in school.
  • Basic registration fees are covered, up to an annual maximum of $600.
  • Camps are not covered.

Canadian Tire/ Jumpstart

www.Jumpstart.canadiantire.ca

  • National Charitable Program that is dedicated to removing financial barriers that prevent children from participating in organized sport.
  • Call the phone number to find your local chapter for more information.

Kidsport British Columbia

www.kidsportcanada.ca

  • A community based sport funding program to help kids age 18 and under participate in a season of a sport of their choice.
  • Grants are a maximum of $200, to go towards participation/ registration fees.
  • Sport activities must demonstrate a sustained sport experience (e.g. a season).
  • Camps are not covered.

Children’s Fitness Tax Credit

www.cra-arc.gc.ca/fitness/

  • A Tax Credit available to parents of children 16 and under who are in a prescribed program of physical activity.
  • Up to $500 of the participation cost per child can be claimed annually.
  • If the child is eligible for the disability amount, an additional $500 can be claimed.
  • Please talk to an accountant if you have any questions about this tax credit
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