NFTRA conducts 4 riding sessions of approximately 7-13 weeks each in the fall, winter, spring and summer. At the end of the winter session we hold our In-House Horse Show where riders showcase in competition, what they have learned in their lessons. All riders go home with a big ribbon, and an even bigger smile!
The riding instruction given is consistent with the principles of English equitation and includes some specialized exercises for balance and physical development that use hippo therapy components. Our instructors are qualified by the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) and/or Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Int) and they all hold their First Aid certificates. Instructors are required to constantly upgrade their skills by participating in clinics and seminars relevant to the program.
Our lesson fees are highly subsidized (please inquire regarding rider lesson fees), and the remaining funds to run our program are raised by donations. NFTRA continually fundraises through projects such as our annual horse show, pub nights, grant applications as well as private and corporate donations.
The government does recognize therapeutic riding as therapy, and does provide funding to individual riders through their At Home and Autism Programs. Individual riders can also apply to, and are funded by, service clubs such as the Lions and Kiwanis.
See How to Apply for more information.