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


Snow in the forecast? Things to keep in mind

In case of snow, classes might be cancelled if the roads to and from the VTRA are not cleared, making the facility inaccessible for clients and volunteers. You can always call the office to check on the status of the classes for the day, and we will give you the most up-to-date information. Also check our Facebook page as we will be updating it in case of cancellation.

Deck the Stalls 2019

Hailey and BangsiThe 2019 installment of our annual Deck the Stalls was a fantastic success. Thank you to all that decorated our horses’ stalls and all our visitors! The photos taken on the day have arrived. To see them, simply click on this link. You will be able to download your photos from the gallery. Please respect others’ privacy by not sharing pictures of people without having obtained their permission first.
This gallery only contains the photos of people who agreed to this method of delivery. For those who asked to not be added to the gallery, please contact the office in January to get access to your pictures.


Authentic Connections with Liesl Fulton

Liesl FultonA lecture and practical demonstration open to both participants and auditors of all levels and experience. This clinic examines how to effectively use positive and negative reinforcement to achieve success with your horse. In the round pen, participants will focus on claiming their space as well as following through with effective reinforcement in a way the horse is better able to understand.  Email liz.gagel@vtra.ca to register as a participant, $80 limited space available, Auditing $25.  Please bring a chair to sit on and a blanket, this course is held in a covered arena but it can get cold. Click HERE to register to audit.


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.

Flipgive visuaL

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!

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»


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