The Magic of Horses
Our story starts with the idea of bringing the magic of interacting with horses to youth and families living in Vancouver's eastside. The healing and empowering benefits of humans working with horses is increasingly understood. We can bring horses into our urban spaces, for those who could otherwise not have access!
Our pilot program was born when Burnaby Neighbourhood House asked us to provide horse programs for the youth they work with. Burnaby Horsemen's Association generously gave us space for an Equine Assisted Learning program focussed on Burnaby youth.
We are first and only in Metro Vancouver to partner with Cartier Farms and provide their award-winning Equine Assisted Learning program here.
We are seeking space in Vancouver so that Vancouver urban youth can easily access our program and horses.
Since our exciting yet simple idea was conceived, we have:
consulted and listened to the community, and received many endorsements,
incorporated as a non-profit, and been registered as a charity,
found an exceptional program to offer,
brought Cartier Farms here twice to train our team in Equine Assisted Learning; this is now an annual training event,
gathered the resources needed (space, horses, facilitators, partners and funds) to get started,
delivered a successful pilot program (November 2017 to June 2018) at the Burnaby Equestrian Centre,
been recognized by the TELUS 2018 Innovation Award, and
confirmed space, partners and resources for year two of program. Our program is up and running.
Community support is very strong
The generous support of our partners, donors and the horse community confirms that this innovative program is needed. We are beginning to fill a significant gap in needed social services for urban youth. There is tremendous interest and potential.