2021 CanTRA Awards
The 2021 CanTRA Award winners have been selected.
We're honored to present the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year, Outstanding Instructor of the Year, Outstanding Administrator of the Year and Therapy Horse of the Year.
Rhonda Davies Award: Outstanding Volunteer
Sponsor: John and Donna Davies
Recipient: Amber Caterer Walsh - CARD - Community Association for Riders with Disabilities, Toronto, ON
"Amber started her volunteer work with CARD in April 1988, more than 33 consecutive years ago, working as a leader/sidewalker on Saturday mornings each week. This also included grooming and tacking up horses before classes. In 1999, Amber obtained her Assistant Instructor certification and began teaching Wednesday evenings. Amber now is the Volunteer Instructor for the Monday and or Wednesday afternoon classes each week" - Judy Wanless, Director of Volunteer Services, CARD
Andrea Gillies Award: Outstanding Instructor
Sponsor: Gay Wood
Recipient: Helgi Sangret - (CTRA) Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association, Duncan, BC
"Helgi approaches everything she does with great thought, careful planning, research and wisdom. She is constantly looking for opportunities to educate herself and those around her, placing high value on acquiring knowledge and skills of the industry and beyond. She is an accomplished horse woman, a natural mentor and a skilled instructor, but she also has intuition and sensitivity towards her equine and human partners that bolsters her holistic approach to everything she does." - Susan Lake, Interim Executive Director, CTRA
Marian Chartley Award: Outstanding Administrator
Sponsor: JoAnn Thompson Franklin
Recipient: Andy Robb - The Joyriders Therapeutic Riding Association, Hunter River, PE
Andy passed away on Septemer 4, 2020, this is a posthumous award.
"Andy Robb served as a volunteer board member at the Joyriders for the past 20-odd years. During that time, he took on various roles within the organization including serving for several years as president. When he stepped down from the presidency, Andy was honoured by the board for his work as a transformational president by being named Director Emeritus, a position held until his recent passing." - Mel Galant, Treasurer The Joyriders T.R.A.
CanTRA Therapy Horse
Sponsor: Manning Equine Vet Services
Recipient: Woody - (PRANCE) Pegasus Riding Association Nurturing Challenged Equestrians, Port Elgin, ON
"Woody is a rare find! Quiet enough to come on board as full-time therapy horse a the young age of six and still and active team member 19 years later. Standing 15.1HH with a medium build and kind temperment, this handsome solid chestnut boy could be described as a therapy horse unicorn. Through his years with PRANCE, Woody has carried many riders of all ages and needs. Woody has shown patience to those first learning and those whose methods are adapated to allow as much independence as possible." - Jenny Sanderson, CanTRA Intermediate Instructor, PRANCE