COVID-19 update

To best follow guidelines set out by our provincial and federal health authorities, all VTRA programs and events remain canceled until further notice. If you have questions, please contact staff via email at— mike.waters@vtra.ca, liz.gagel@vtra.ca, admin@vtra.ca, volunteer@vtra.ca or mary.vincent@vtra.ca

We will continue to monitor pandemic protocols and post updates on vtra.ca. Stay well and informed. 

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Thank you to those who purchased plants and flowers!

Collectively, we raised $2,000 for VTRA programs.

Orders are being processed and plants will be available for curb-side style pick-up on Friday, May 8 at VTRA between 10:00-5:00pm.  Staff will be on-site to load plants into vehicles to ensure physical distancing occurs. 

Steeplechase continues into June!

This fun and interactive event awards prizes to the individual and team who raises the most money for the VTRA programs and horses. Collect donations, sell raffle tickets, and ask others to donate online on your horse’s canadahelps.org webpage. Steeplechase will run until mid June so don’t stop now – keep collecting donations and work to win a fantastic prize!

VTRA 2020 Raffle Tickets

We are shifting 2020 raffle ticket sales to include and online option. Now, more than ever we need your help. Click on the image to the left and learn how to promote the VTRA Raffle to your networks and help us sell tickets.

Prizes include a 2 night stay at Echo Valley Ranch and Spa ($1,700 value), an Asus Vivobook Laptop ($650 value) or $500 cash. Three winning tickets will be drawn on Monday June 08, 2020. The holder of the first winning ticket chooses from the three prizes. Winner #2 then chooses from the remaining two prizes, and winner three will receive the remaining prize. Good luck to all ticket holders!

2020 Golf Tournament in support of VTRA —A special thank you to the Island businesses and retailers who generously donated to our annual golf tournament auction. Following recommended health guidelines, we are postponing the event until we hear it’s safe to gather, golf and celebrate. See you in the Fall. More details to come. Thank you all for your generous support! 

Participants, volunteers and friends of VTRA,

A very special thank you to those of you who reached out to ask how you can help with horse care costs. Your kind concern and generous donations will help us with board, feed and vet costs during these challenging times… Your generosity is inspiring and so appreciated! Thank you very much! 

Volunteer Spotlight—Maggie

Meet Maggie, one of our volunteer sidewalkers, horse handlers, and grooms. Maggie has been volunteering with VTRA since January 2018. She is currently at UVic getting her degree in Linguistics and donates her extra time to support our riders!

Q&A with Maggie: 

Who’s your favourite horse? It’s a tie between Valla and Bangsi!

What brought you to VTRA? I had just moved from Nova Scotia for university and was looking for a way to get involved in my community.

What is your favourite part of volunteering with VTRA? Volunteering is a nice, quiet part of my week. I like getting to spend time with the horses and the riders.

What are your hobbies/what do you like to do outside of VTRA?
When I’m not at VTRA or in school, I’m playing instruments. I play the fiddle, piano, guitar, and accordion.

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