Sponsoring our Community: CTRA Fundraiser

ctra_pacific_homes_&_truss_bar_photo1Pacific Homes & Pacific Truss is proud to be a donator for the Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association (CTRA); sponsoring the bar at a fundraising dance held last Saturday at the Avalon Farm in Duncan, BC.

What the CTRA does? As described on their website http://www.ctra.ca/

Mission: The Cowichan Therapeutic Riding Association provides therapeutic riding and equine-based therapeutic services for persons with disabilities.  We promote and facilitate access to horses as a therapeutic alternative, recreational/sport opportunity, and agent of well-being in the lives of all participants.  Through the power of the human-equine bond, CTRA brings together individuals, families, and the community in the spirit of healing, inclusion, and human growth.

Vision: CTRA exists as a place where the human-equine relationship creates opportunities for achievement and positive human experiences.

Community: Although our program serves people with disabilities, it has positively impacted the lives of countless individuals of all abilities.  Our program serves as a hub of community action where members of our community give back through participation, volunteerism, and a culture of inclusion.

What is Therapeutic Riding and Equine-Based Therapy?

(Photo credit and copyright Lisa Pink)
(Photo credit and copyright Lisa Pink)

“Therapeutic Riding” is often called “Equine Assisted Therapy.” Therapeutic riding is an alternative form of therapy that utilizes horses to help people realize various therapeutic goals. Therapeutic riding is especially beneficial for persons with various disabilities.

The therapeutic benefits of equine-based therapies, activities, and education can extend far beyond simply riding a horse. Activities involving the horse can be used to assist people in achieving physical and mental health as well as cognitive, behavioral, social and communication goals.

At CTRA our goal is threefold:

To facilitate and promote access to horses as a therapeutic alternative and agent of well being.

To improve the quality of life for all people involved in our program with an emphasis on providing opportunities for persons living with disabilities.

To offer opportunities for vocational development, volunteerism, workplace training, and employment for persons facing barriers to employment.