It’s been a busy couple of weeks since I moved to Kamloops. I have been running around putting up posters, designing new promotional materials, and networking with local people and businesses. I’ve driven about an hour in each direction from the city, scoping out my new territory and getting the lay of the land (which varies from tree-covered to desert scrub). I will share some of the landscape photos I’ve captured in a upcoming post. For the moment, though I would like to show some photos from my visit to the Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association. From their recent spotlight on Social Fire:
“The Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association (KTRA) is a charitable non-profit that offers horseback riding to children and adults with a wide range of disabilities. KTRA’s riding lessons benefits the riders by using the motivating medium of horse care and riding to draw an individual’s attention to their strengths, successes and most importantly build self-confidence.”
In the past, I have volunteered with the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association, and it was a great experience to see the positive impact that the horses had on the riders. I encourage you to support your local therapeutic riding association, as the work they do truly makes a difference in the lives of their clients!
The horses in the programs must, of course, be very gentle, calm, and tolerant. I could tell that every horse I met had these qualities just by looking at them from a distance — you can tell by their kind eyes and relaxed stance.
A lesson was in progress when I arrived. This is Aiden on Benny, led by Carolyn.
The other little girl in the lesson was Alyssa on Blackberry, led by Adaira.
Aiden wanted to give Benny a big hug after her lesson. Instructor Kaitlyn Bolder is on the right.
Meanwhile, Alyssa was having a quiet moment with Blackberry after dismounting.
I just LOVE this shot!
If you are interested in volunteering with the KTRA:
“The organization is always welcoming new volunteers and holds regular orientation sessions. They are looking for anyone who is interested in volunteering in lessons, the barn, the office, around the yard, and/or in special events. Horse experience is not required! Ongoing volunteers are required, but there are also a few opportunities per year to go out in a group and help out with big projects. This would be an excellent outdoor, animal and people oriented volunteer day for an office group. Working together on projects outside the office builds team camaraderie and seeing your co-workers donate their time and effort builds mutual respect.”
Call 250-554-3811 or email firstname.lastname@example.org