About CanTRA

Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association

Promoting Excellence throughout Canada in Therapeutic Riding and Equine Assisted Therapies through Certification, Accreditation and Education.

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

CanTRA's Patron

HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne

  • HRH  The Princess Royal, Princess Anne

    HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne

    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.

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.

  • Tide Water Physiotherapy Inc.
  • Garrick de Demeter
  • Dr de Demeter
  • Manning Equine Vet Services
    Manning Equine Veterinary Services specializes in performance horse lameness and medicine, pre-purchase examinations, reproduction, and dentistry.
  • Elna & Kenneth Strand
  • Marion Slatter-Blitstein
  • Bronzes By Gina
  • Gallagher Insurance
  • Dr Robert And Arlene Wright Ont
  • Jane James
  • 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.
  • Jill Irving
  • Koch Fuel Products
  • AEF
  • Daphne Davey
  • Horse Industry of Alberta
  • Donna And John Davies
  • Shelene Williams
  • Lelie Sponsel
  • Leg Up Foundation
  • ATB Financial
  • 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.
  • Ann Caine
  • Gay Wood
  • Saddle Up
    "Dedicated to promoting and supporting western Canada's equine world through horse people, clubs, associations, shows, events and any other horseplay activity."