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?

Our 2014 Season Starts

Another season of Therapeutic Riding is upon us.  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! To kick start our spring session, we will be holding our annual Volunteer Training Days.


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.


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: Lanark Therapeutic Riding Program

Visit the Event Site for updates.

Register online.


Gala Wrap up & Upcoming Events - A Message from Amy Booth


A Great Big Thank you! 

The 2014 'For a Taste of the County' Food and Wine Gala was a tremendous success - and we have you to thank. Unlike most other therapeutic 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. This year, at our May 5th Gala, we were pleased to have over 200 people in attendance and we managed to raise $12,000.00 for our program. The bulk of this amount was raised through the huge auctions we managed to put together with your help. We had over 150 wonderful and generous donations, which made this fundraising effort a success. Thank you so much for contributing to our program! Your generosity goes a long way.

It is because of our terrific supporters – like you - that our Program continues to operate, year after year. Your support means a great deal to us and to our 143 riders!

Our Spring Trail Ride will be held on Sunday May 25th at Sue and Ray’s Place in Lanark – starting at 10:00 am. Anyone interested in riding – please contact me for details.

Our 3rd Boot Drive – will be held Saturday May 31st in Almonte and Perth. If you are driving buy – give us a wave. We could still use one or two more volunteers for Almonte – so if you have an hour free – that would be much appreciated!

We also  would like to invite you to our second annual Strawberry Social fundraiser, which will be on Sunday June 29th at the Herb Garden from 2-4pm. This old fashioned event was a lot of fun last year – so we are very happy to be able to do it again. Come and join us for the afternoon for a country stroll through the lovely Herb Garden and enjoy a piece of shortcake with freshly picked Strawberries and gourmet tea. We have a great silent auction lined up, some fun door prizes and a raffle for some lovely, hand crafted red cedar boxes. Tickets sold out last year so we recommend you reserve in advance. Tickets are $10.00 and available at Reads Bookstore in Carleton Place, at the farms or by contacting me – and I’ll hold them for you at the door.

Finally, back by popular demand, the talented Mr. Bill Pratt has generously offered to help us with a fundraiser on November the 10th at the United Church in Almonte at 7 pm. Come and join us for a moving and inspirational evening where Bill will present his latest photographs set to music. If you haven’t yet experienced this one of a kind slideshow of nature and incredible scenic photography – you are in for a treat. Tea and refreshments will be served as well. Details available on our website soon. Mark your calendars!

Also – as an additional note:  we will not be proceeding with the Perth Golf tournament in 2014. Stay posted for more fundraising & program news.

Thanks so much!


Amy & the TRP Team

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


Many thanks for the support from:


  • Karson's Kartage

  • The Hub

  • LCBO Donation Box Program: Almonte, Perth, Stittsville