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, a consulting Physiotherapist who is trained in hippotherapy, enthusiastic volunteers who offer their expertise and caring and of course our wonderful horses!

What's New?


Saturday, October 4

Jone's Farm, Pakenham

Registration & Pledge From

Waiver Form

Directions to farm



Monday, November 10

United Church, Almonte

Tickets are $12 each


Our 2014 Season Continues with our Fall schedule

Another Fall season of Therapeutic Riding is upon us after a very successful spring and summer sessions.  In fact, 2014 marks our 28th year of offering therapeutic riding lessons in and around Lanark County!  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! 

A Message from Amy

Hi everyone & welcome to fall (almost) The most wonderful time of the year for us parents.....

We are finishing up the summer session - which has been great and we are working diligently on Fall scheduling. This summer, we have seen the addition of 3 fabulous new team members; Mary's Prince, Galoo and Syrus who are a welcome addition to our farms and have settled in nicely.


The Strawberry Social which was held at the Herb Garden on the 29th of June was just great. Thanks to all of you who came out or donated to the silent auction. We raised a little over $2,000 for the riding program.

On Saturday September 20th at 9:30 am – 5:00pm we are pleased to offer you the opportunity of attending a  one day workshop we are hosting at Cedar Rock farm featuring Lindsay Grice. Lindsay will be coming to speak with us and will be giving a hands-on, informative lecture on horse behaviours. Lindsay specializes in explaining ‘why horses do what they do’ and this well organized day looks to be packed with learning, practice and fun. The cost for attending is $20.00 (cheques made payable to the Therapeutic Riding Program please). However – the TRP will be subsidizing 50% of that cost for our current volunteers – so volunteers pay only $10.00. Please book early (either by contacting me directly (613)257-7121 x 238 or by sending me an e-mail: as spaces are filling up fast. Feel free to visit her website for more information:


In other news, our Fall Trail Ride is coming up on Saturday October 4th in Pakenham. The Jonses' have once again, generously offered their beautiful farm for our use that day.  Click here for a map. If you will be attending, please send me an email or drop me a quick line to confirm your attendance . Click here to obtain your attendance & pledge form and your waiver forms. We are once again asking riders to get pledges for this fundraiser. Admission is free with $30.00 pledges or more. We will be having a great BBQ, door prizes, and this year, for every $50.00 in pledges, we will be entering your name into a draw for some great prizes. The Therapeutic Riding Program is greatly appreciative of all of the pledge dollars you - our amazing supporters - have brought in over the years and we encourage you to help us once again by collecting pledges from your friends, colleagues and family to help make this day another great success!

Also, on November 10th, the talented Mr. Bill Pratt is once again going to dazzle us with his amazing photographic journeys through the wilds of Canada. This fundraiser is held at the United Church in Almonte and is always a HUGE crowd pleaser. If you haven't yet experienced Bills’ work, you are in for a treat. Mark November 10th on your calendar and please let me know if you plan to attend. Tickets are $12.00 and are first come first serve at the door - but I will gladly put some aside for you to hold your seat.


 Thanks everyone & happy fall!

Amy &  the TRP crew....


The Great Canadian Horse Round Up Trail Ride in Support of LCTRP

  • When: September 13th, 2014
  • Location: 503 Rafting Rd., Foresters Falls, Ontario, K0J 1V0

  • Trails: Horse Country Campground

  • Check In/Register:  10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

  • Trail Ride: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • Parking: Is available just follow the signs

  • Suggested Donation: $30.00 Per Rider

  • Grant Recipient: A portion will go to  Lanark Therapeutic Riding Program

Visit the Event Site for updates.

Register online.

Congratulations to the Para-Equestrian Team from the Therapeutic Riding Program!


The Lanark County Therapeutic Riding Program is very proud to announce the results of our  2014  Para Dressage Team. Amber Walker and Timothy Dack, both long time riders and competitors, had a fantastic day at the Para Sport Games in Cobourg, Ontario on May 31st. The Para Sport Games Dressage Competition challenges the rider’s skills and adaptability as they compete on a borrowed horse that the riders have never ridden before. Despite the difficulty, our riders did amazingly well!  To read more, click here.







Online Guide for Volunteers


The Volunteers' Guide to Therapeutic Riding:  This short course provides Lanark Therapeutic Riding Program volunteers with content that supports the Volunteer Handbook. Review exercises provide volunteers with opportunities to practice what they learn.






























Words of Thanks

The Riding Program is made possible by the generosity of our proud 2014 sponsors:





  • The Estate of Mary Hugessen
  • Canada Summer Jobs - 2014

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

  • Connex Design

  • Craig Contracting, Fences & Decks

  • Karson's Aggregate

  • Perth Golf Course Wednesday Ladies Twilight Leaque

  • The Hub

And by the generosity of the following 2014 supporters:





  • Ballygiblins Restaurant and Pub
  • Café Postino
  • Foodies Fine Foods
  • Fulton's Pancake House & Sugar Bush
  • Good Food Company
  • Harwood Estates Winery
  • My Catering Group
  • Slackoni's Fine Italian Cuisine
  • Perth Brewing Company
  • The Barley Mow
  • Arnprior Chrysler

  • Beckwith Berries

  • LCBO Donation Box Program: Almonte, Perth, Stittsville

  • Mother Earth

  • Mount Pakenham

  • National Arts Centre

  • Paddye Mann Clothing

  • Reid Landscape Depot

  • Rideau Home Building Centres, Smiths Falls

  • The Almonte Photographer

  • The Herb Garden

  • Carleton Place Community Coordinators/ The Exchange
  • Civitan Clubs: Carleton Place, Perth, Smiths Falls, Almonte
  • IODE
  • Lioness Club of Perth
  • Rocky Ridge Women's Institute
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch 240 - Almonte
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 - Smiths Falls
  • Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 Ladies Auxilliary3M

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

We couldn't do it without you!