Welcome to Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association

Our Mission: To provide a therapeutic horseback riding program for children and adults with disabilities that promotes and enriches their physical, psychological and social well-being.


 Welcome our New Executive Director  

Following the decision by Audrey Cooper to step down as Executive Director, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Waters as the new executive Director. Mike will join VTRA as of Dec 16, 2019.  Michael has over 20 years of experience  in providing leadership to an array of small and large non-profits.  He brings a diverse background that includes experience in strategic planning, fundraising, non-profit volunteering, financial administration and non-profit governance. For the last two years Michael has worked at Power To Be as a Senior Manager of programs. Michael is strongly committed to universal inclusion. He continues to be an advocate, educator, and creator of opportunities for people of all abilities to access and benefit from therapeutic-based programs by reducing physical, systemic and attitudinal barriers.  Please join us in welcoming Michael into the role and thanking Audrey for her outstanding leadership and dedication over the last five years.

 A Very Special Calendar 

cover calendar 2020Over the summer we have had the privilege of working on a very special project. Under the guidance of Board Chair and Paramedic Annie Brothwell, teams of volunteers paramedics and photographers joined our horses for a very special photoshoot. The result is a beautiful calendar for 2020 which aims at supporting our first responders. Proceeds will be shared between Honour House Society and the VTRA. For more information, click here. Calendars will be available at the VTRA club house from November 1st. But you can also pre-order yours and get it shipped when it arrives, the first week of November. To order now, click here.


 Authentic Intentions with Liesl Fulton  

Liesl Fulton is hosting a clinic at the VTRA on Saturday November 30th from 12 to 3. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to the VTRA!!  A lecture and practical demonstration open to both participants and auditors of all levels and experience. This clinic aims to help you to be clear on your intentions in the round pen, while working to build an honest relationship with your horse. This section of the clinic series is meant to help people consider a goal and break it into manageable pieces. This way both horse and human can achieve a successful, genuine partnership through fluidly building skills and achieving manageable goals. Call or Email liz.gagel@vtra.ca to register as a participant ****$80 limited space available**** Click Here to purchase tickets!!


Xmas poinsettias

 Holiday Fundraiser 

Time to get festive! Our Winter 2019 Fundraiser has begun.  Pre-order a holiday poinsettia and pick it up at Deck the Stalls on December 14th.  Order forms can be found in the clubhouse or click here to order online now!


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 Earn cash back for the VTRA while you shop 

We have a brand new fundraiser that promises to be great! Flipgive is a Canadian company that has partnered with many retailers and manufacturers to offer non-profit and charitable organization a way to earn cash back when their team members shop online. We have tested it and it is fantastic. So to check it out, look for our poster and brochures in the club house or click here!

 Cuteness Alert 

Last autumn, for the occasion of our exciting Galloping On Fundraiser, we asked local videographer Daniel Brimacombe to create a new video for VTRA… and the result is fantastic! We premiered the new video on Thursday, November 22nd. Thank you to Daniel for doing such a fantastic job, and to Nate and Dinah, the stars of the video! Watch it on YouTube now

Our Horses

VTRAs team of horses assist riders of all physical, emotional and mental abilities. Learn More»

Our Riders

Find out more about the riders and their unique experience & connection with the horses that provides them with self-development and motivation. Learn More»


VTRA is striving to create stable, long-term funding although we do not receive any core funding. To help us in our mission please donate! Give Now»
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