About CanTRA

Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association

CanTRA was founded in 1980. The Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) is a registered charity that promotes challenge, achievement and empowerment for children and adults with disabilities through the use of the horse. CanTRA also provides education and instructor certification.

There are now 80 plus member centres across Canada providing high quality therapeutic, recreation, life skills and sport programs. CanTRA is a member of Horses in Education and Therapy International (HETI) and is recognized as the only governing body for therapeutic riding Canada. Each member centre offers a program with a slightly different focus and many medical professionals work with CanTRA to ensure excellence in service delivery. Some centres may offer physical therapy with the therapist using the horse’s movements to influence the body of the rider (Hippotherapy). The majority of centres focus on therapeutic riding to provide socialization. recreation, interaction of clients and horses, and the care of the horse. In addition several of the centres provide life skills training, rehabilitation and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

CanTRA's Aims and Objectives

CanTRA's Aims and Objectives

  • To promote therapeutic riding for persons with disabilities throughout Canada
  • To establish and maintain standards of horseback riding as a therapeutic, recreational and sports activity in collaboration with the medical profession
  • To provide coaching and horses for riders to experience competitive sport opportunities offered by the Canadian Para Equestrian Committee, a sport discipline of Equine Canada
  • To maintain the highest standards for registered Canadian Therapeutic Riding Instructors
  • To develop standards of program excellence
  • To promote research in all aspects of therapeutic riding
  • To provide mentoring support for student instructors
  • To provide a continuing educational program of seminars and conferences
Benefits of Therapeutic Riding

Benefits of Therapeutic Riding

  • Development of mobility, balance and co-ordination
  • Improvement of muscle tone and strength
  • Increased concentration and improved learning skills
  • A challenging recreational activity
  • Independence, integration and a sense of achievement
  • Development of self confidence and motivation
Member services

Member services

  • A National Insurance Policy
  • Annual CanTRA Awards program
  • Equine -Facilitated Wellness program
  • Hippotherapy program
  • Instructor Certification
  • Support Services for candidate instructors
  • Centre Accreditation program
  • Resource Manual for new and established therapeutic riding programs
  • CanTRA Caller and CanTRA Communiqué semi-annual newsletters
  • Information through eBulletins
  • Conferences, Workshops and Seminars

Who We Are

Directors, Officers and Administrators

  • HRH Princess Anne, Patron

    HRH Princess Anne, Patron

    CanTRA's Patron since 1986, Princess Anne combines her passion for children, as President of Save the Children since 1970, with her standing as an Olympic equestrian athlete, to benefit the field of therapeutic riding in Britain and abroad.

  • Ian Millar Honourary Director

    Ian Millar Honourary Director

    Ian Millar is an icon in international show jumping. The most decorated equestrian in Canadian history, his record-breaking career has set the bar for its numerous achievements and unparalleled longevity.
  • Eliane Trempe, President

    Eliane Trempe, President

    Eliane is a CanTRA Instructor and founder/director of CanTRA accredited centre Les Amis de Joey for the past 15 years.  Eliane is also executive director of La Fédération Québécoise d'Équitation Thérapeutique (FQET), Quebec's therapeutic riding association, for which she has beeen volunteering since its creation in 2000.

    Businiess owner, school counselor, event coordinator, Eliane has always been very active in many different fields.  Her studies in psychology and her passion for horses has driven her to dedicate her professional life to therapeutic riding on a full time basis, for the past five years.

    Eliane is also mother of two daughters, and five grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending time as often as her busy schedule allows her to do so.

  • Daphne Davey, Past President

    Daphne Davey, Past President

    Daphne Davey lives in Prince Edward Island. Originally from England, she obtained her British Horse Society Horsemaster's certificate before emigrating to Canada. After exploring the possibilities of therapeutic riding while living in Québec and Ontario, she moved to the Island and co-founded The Joyriders Therapeutic Riding Association of PEI in 1979. She has been a CanTRA Assistant Instructor (CTRAI) since 1990.
  • Jane James, Treasurer

    Jane James, Treasurer

    Jane has been involved in therapeutic riding for over 29 years. She was founder of Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association in Duncan, BC and, is currently teaching for Salt Spring Island TRA. Jane is a CanTRA Coach and Examiner and has been a member of the CanTRA Board holding the position of President for 6 years and Treasurer at the present time.
  • Ruth Carter, Secretary

    Ruth Carter, Secretary

  • Sandra Evans, 1st Vice-president

    Sandra Evans, 1st Vice-president

    Sandra is a certified CanTRA Coach and Equine Canada competition coach who is actively teaching in her home community. Living in British Columbia, Sandra has over 35 years experience with horses. Over the years, Sandra has been involved as a rider, coach, stable and small business manager and has close to 20 years experience coaching riders of all abilities.
  • Shelene Williams Director

    Shelene Williams Director

    Shelene is a founding member and CanTRA lntermediate Instructor (CTRII) at Mount View Special Riding Association, a CanTRA-accredited centre in Olds, AB, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2014. She also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the former Alberta Therapeutic Riding Association.
  • JoAnn Thompson Franklin, Director

    JoAnn Thompson Franklin, Director

    Since graduating from Dalhousie University School of Physiotherapy in 1981, JoAnn has built up extensive experience in her chosen profession, accumulating post-graduate training in a wide field of related disciplines. Since 1999, she has continued as a practicing physiotherapist in her own business, Tidewater Physiotherapy Inc, in Lower Coverdale, NB. JoAnn is a founding member of Cavalier Riding Club, a CanTRAaccredited centre serving the greater Moncton area, NB, and has periodically served on the board of directors.
  • Sonia Koczekan, Director

    Sonia Koczekan, Director

  • HRH Princess Anne, Patron
  • Ian Millar Honourary Director
  • Eliane Trempe, President
  • Daphne Davey, Past President
  • Jane James, Treasurer
  • Ruth Carter, Secretary
  • Sandra Evans, 1st Vice-president
  • Shelene Williams Director
  • JoAnn Thompson Franklin, Director
  • Sonia Koczekan, Director

Sponsors and Donors

Our sincere appreciation to these supporters and to those donors who wish to remain anonymous and to all other donors not posted here who have supported us financially. We also extend our thanks to those individuals who have generously assisted CanTRA with their volunteer time and expertise. More information on sponsorships is available here.

  • Canadian Horse
    We will support and promote Canada’s horse industry, and serve as a communication vehicle among the various sectors of the horse community.
  • DT Network
    The Disability Today Network is a community of internet and social media users. An online village like no other; we’re the disability community’s social media network.
  • Saddle Up
    "Dedicated to promoting and supporting western Canada's equine world through horse people, clubs, associations, shows, events and any other horseplay activity."
  • Jump Canada
    Jump Canada creates opportunities for safe, ethical, competitive sport for the hunter/jumper community from the grassroots to the international podium.
  • Mighty Pencil Press
    Happyhorse Cartoon Corral offers hand painted horse cartoons in calendars, cards,barn books & high-quality art prints.
  • Dr de Demeter
  • Clix Photography
    CLiX Photography specializes in quality equine images for editorial and commercial photo needs..
  • Manning Equine Vet Services
    Manning Equine Veterinary Services specializes in performance horse lameness and medicine, pre-purchase examinations, reproduction, and dentistry.
  • Daphne Davey
  • Christine Oren Birch
  • Donna And John Davies
  • Dr Robert And Arlene Wright Ont
  • Gay Wood
  • Lelie Sponsel
  • Murray Frum Foundation

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