This facility is one of the largest therapeutic riding centres in British Columbia. Developed jointly by the Vancouver Island Providence Community Association and the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association, the program is operated by the latter. Three ten-week sessions run through the fall, winter and spring seasons for approximately 100 riders each week. Summer day camps are integrated and operate through July and August. Riders, aged from 4 to 59 years, have a range of abilities.
Riding offers an assortment of skills and confidence building opportunities, including balance, gross and fine motor coordination, and communication. All volunteers receive an orientation on the job they have chosen. A staff of four full time and eight part time employees, including a physiotherapist, offer lessons, run the barn, and maintain an average of ten to twelve therapy horses. For more information, visit the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association.