The board members and instructors of the Mount View Special Riding Association share your
heightened feelings of concern and uncertainty around COVID-19. We are respectful of the
present cautions and measures our government and the community in general are taking in our
collective effort to stem the tide of COVID-19. We are also getting and heeding guidance from
our certifying body, the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA).
We remain committed to our program, volunteers, our riders and their families but do have to
grapple with the realities facing us all.
We will continue to closely monitor the changing situation, and will of course comply with
public health guidance as it is offered. We will keep riders, their supports and volunteers posted.
Thank you for your patience and cooperation and, with all of us working together and
supporting one another, will get through this. We look so forward to seeing you all once again.
Hello Riders and Volunteers!
Usually by this time of the year you have heard from someone at Mount View Special Riding Association regarding bring horses or helping with programming or how to register to ride!
Mount View Special Riding Association is cancelling Spring Riding Session for 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are not part of the equestrian community you may not be aware that nationwide the entire industry is closed. That means stables; riding schools and training facilities are closed to only staff and almost no one is riding! Mount View Special Riding Association is very grateful we do not find ourselves in a position of horse or facility ownership. We continue to be thankful to the Olds Regional Exhibition for their incredible support to MVSRA through the use of their facility and to our many horse owners for their gracious use of their amazing horses. The financial stress is incredible on many similar programs on how to care and feed horses with no income.
However that is not our greatest concern. We want to you to know how blessed we have been to be partners with you as riders and volunteers creating a safe, beneficial environment for everyone to learn and grow together. Your health and safety during this time is critical. We recognize many of you will have many concerns, two being health and finances.
In the meantime please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. We know many of you have built some enduring relationships through MVSRA and we encourage you to connect with each other. Our program may not be considered essential but you are!
We are cautiously optimistic for a return in the fall. Until federal and provincial restrictions on gatherings and equine industry standards are re-established we will wait. There are so many variables and lessons could potentially look quite different.
Also the CanTRA conference, “Celebrating 40 Years of Leadership” that MVSRA was to host at Olds College May 29-31, 2020 was officially cancelled two weeks ago. We want to thank everyone who had made a commitment toward that event. We are so grateful for the support of our wonderful team and are disappointed we will not have the opportunity to showcase what an amazing group of fantastic people we work with.
Until we connect again; Hold Strong, Have Faith and Share Joy.
Shelene & Diane, Instructors
Mount View Special Riding Association Board
What Is The MVSRA?
Mount View Special Riding Association is an Accredited Therapeutic Riding Centre with the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CANTRA) - www.cantra.ca). It is a recognized charitable organization formed in 1983 to provide a therapeutic and recreational riding program for children and adults with physical and intellectual development disorders. It is completely run by volunteers.
Historically, wounded Greek soldiers utilized horseback riding as a form of rehabilitation. The horse provides a unique stimulus to therapy. No longer is the patient dealing with cold impersonal equipment but a living, breathing being.
In the last forty years, therapeutic riding has been recognized by many professionals - doctors, therapists, and educators - as a beneficial form of therapy. It has been proven that riding benefits people with disabilities in many ways.
The warmth and motion of the horse, and the exercise the rider receives improves balance and coordination, increases circulation, speeds reflexes, reduces spasticity and strengthens muscles.
Presenting the people with disabilities with a new and exciting challenge - to be in control of a horse - gives great motivation to try, and to succeed. This results in increased self confidence in all areas of life.
The unique relationship between rider and horse is only one of the social benefits. Involving disabled riders with able-bodied volunteers develops social skills necessary in everyday life. Friendship, trust and respect for everyone's abilities are a strong tie.
The Mount View Special Riding Association was formed in 1983 by dedicated volunteers. Starting out with six volunteer horses and 20 riders, the numbers have continued to grow.
Riding lessons are held at the Caluori Pavilion in Olds, Alberta, thanks to the support of the Olds Regional Exhibition - twice a week in the Spring and Fall.
Riders are taught by knowledgeable riding instructors and receive support (both physical and psychological) from trained volunteers. Safety is a top priority, but so is fun.
Who Is Helped?
The disabilites that are helped by horseback riding are many. For example:
Intellectual and/or Developmental Delay
How To Get Involved
RIDER: Registration forms can be obtained by visiting the website. All ages are accepted. The applicant's doctor is required to fill in a medical questionnaire.
MEMBER: Non-Voting memberships are $5.00 annually. Voting Membership are $10.00 annually. This helps to cover insurance fees. As well, members receive a newsletter.
VOLUNTEER: Volunteers are the lifeblood of the MVSRA. They help out at lessons by leading horses, side-walking with riders, providing horses, grooming horses and getting riders ready. And that's just for lessons! They also organize and volunteer at fundraisers and the Spring and Fall Wrap Up nights.
DONOR: Donations are always welcomed to help us carry on the riding program. Some of the areas that donations are used for:
instructor training and volunteer training
special riding equipment
special projects ex. CANTRA clinics / Wrap Up nights