Fall re-opening and COVID-19 protocols

VTRA programs are back in action this Fall. Staff are working to set-up our programs and spaces to best meet physical distancing and health guidelines. Sanitizing practices and social distancing will be in place to support personal safety. Classes will be smaller in size, and size limits on how many people can access the barn, arena and clubhouse areas will be in place. Things will look different, but we will do our best to provide you with the same high-quality, safe and fun experience you expect from VTRA. More information to come in early August.

Congratulations 2020 Steeplechase Winners!

2020’s Steeplechase winning victory goes to team KC! Congratulations to Term 3 & 4 riders—Sarah DB, Carolyn Y, Jessica GE,  Jane Mc, Ruby KS, Asha H, Alyssa M, Aiyana B, Kylie O, Piper H and Emily N

Top prize goes to Sean C and Jessica R. Well done!

VTRA's 2020 Online Auction a huge success!

Our June online auction included 50+ bidders making 100+ bids on 41 fantastic items! Together, we raised $5,200 for VTRA programs and services. Many thanks to all who supported the auction… and a huge thank you to our generous donors! 

Chateaux Victoria, Pacifica Sports, Victoria Carriage Rides, Butchart Gardens, Star Cinema, 

Wild Renfrew Seaside Cottages, Island View Mini Golf, Cordova Bay Golf, Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

Old House Hotel and Spa, Oak Bay Fire Department, Flying Fish Winery, Flying Squirrel Sports

Safe Harbour Whiskey Landing, Dr. Stewart Blaickie Chiropractic Care, Bon Macaron

Oak Bay Beach Hotel and Derma Spa, LARA, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Silk Road Tea, Victoria Butterfly Gardens

Sidney Pier Hotel and Spa, Accent Inns, Prestige Hotels, Ferris Oyster Bar, Perverted Ice Cream

Crowne Isle Resort and Golf Club, Ithika Greek Food, Beach House Restaurant, Zanzibar Restaurant, 10 Acres Kitchen & Commons Restaurant, Deep Cove Chalet, Sheringham Distillery

Victoria Distillers, Pluvio Restaurant & Rooms, Barkleys Coffee Ucluelet, Patio Gardens, Anne Waterhouse

Verdier Hair Salon, Brentwood Pharmasave, Subway Brentwood, Arbutus Ridge Golf, Sue and Dave Paterson 

The Bug Zoo, Finns Restaurant, Politanos Cafe, Brewsky’s Taphouse, Carnivore Meats and More

The Raptors, Brentwood Bay Empourium Coffee, and the Salt Spring Golf and Country Club

VTRA receives special supports from 4 community resources! 

A special thank you to…

The Vancouver Foundation for your generous COVID-19 recovery grant. Your support is making our return to programming possible!

The ALACS Fund and the Victoria Foundation for your generous support!

West Shore Lions Club…your support is so appreciated at this challenging time!

Sidney Knights of Columbus—thank you for your generous support!

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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