The Lanark County Therapeutic Riding Program

A Division of Lanark Community Programs, a part of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services


What is therapeutic riding?

Therapeutic Riding is a unique and holistic approach to therapy, rehabilitation and recreation. The Lanark County Therapeutic Riding Program provides a safe environment introducing children and adults to the benefits and joys of the healing powers of the horse. The team consists of Instructors who are certified through the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association, enthusiastic volunteers who offer their expertise and caring and of course our wonderful horses!

What's New?

Wine and Food Tasting Gala

May 4, 6pm to 9

at the Almonte Civitan


Donation of Goods Form

Volunteer Training

NEW VOLUNTEERS on Wednesday April 29 at Cedar Rock Farm in Perth; 6:30 pm for approximately 2 hours (rain or shine.)



Almonte is being held at Willaway on Thursday April 30th  4:30: Leader's training offered by Willaway farm

5:00 Volunteer Training

6:30-7:00  BBQ


Perth is being held on Friday May1 from 10 am to noon.

Greetings to Riders and Volunteers of the Riding Program!

Another season of Therapeutic Riding is just around the corner. In fact, 2015 marks our 30th year of offering therapeutic riding lessons in and around Lanark County!  On that note - we would like to offer a great big thank-you to all of you who participate and continue to support the program year after year!
Riding lessons will once again be held at  Willaway Farm in Almonte and at Cedar Rock Farm in Perth. (Directions below)   Keryl Banks is working diligently at expanding the new Renfrew County Therapeutic Riding Program at Victory Farms and it is great to be able to offer that location to our riders from that area. If you are seeking information about the Renfrew Program please call Keryl at (613)720-7477 or check out their website.

Here in Lanark - Maria Hofbauer is coordinating and teaching the lessons at Cedar Rock Farm in Perth as well as teaching at Willaway and Meaghan Keaney-Pearman will be coordinating + teaching lessons in Almonte.

A huge congratulations goes out to our grads:
     Deanna Barry
     Adi Villneuve
     Sarah Loten &
     Katherine Wolff

who have all successfully completed their Assistant Instructor training with the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA) -  and can now all leap tall buildings in a single bound! Another round of applause to Maria Hofbauer who has attained her CanTRA Coach certificate and is now - literally unstoppable.

This year, we will be organizing our 8th annual Wine and Food Gala, May 4th at the Almonte Civitan and we also are having another Boot drive across 4 townships on Saturday May 30th. Last year the boot drive was a lot of fun and this year we hope to get a lot more participants out there to help us. Unlike other programs at Lanark Community Programs, the Riding Program does not receive any on-going government funding - so we rely on all of our fundraising events to keep the program going. It means a great deal to us when you can become involved in our events to make them a success. Please consider volunteering some of your time this year to one of our events!

For any questions or comments, or to volunteer, please feel free to give me a call at the office (613)257-7121 x 238 or by e-mail I would love to hear from you!


Forms for Volunteer registration are attached and should get back to us as soon as possible.


It is really important that if you cannot make it to the lessons –you let us know as soon as you can. The sooner we know your plans the sooner we can let the people on the waiting lists know so they can fill your spot. 

 Another reminder to all – DRIVE SLOW on the farm laneways!

Thanks + see you at the farm!


Words of Thanks

The Riding Program is made possible by the generosity of our proud 2015 sponsors:

  • Communities in Action Fund, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport





And by the generosity of the following 2015 supporters:
  • LCBO Donation Box Program: Almonte, Carleton Place, Perth, Stittsville




With special thanks to all those individuals who have donated to the Riding Program. 

We couldn't do it without you!