Therapeutic Riding in the Fraser Valley Empowering special children with special needs to do their best
Special Needs Children Cerebral Palsy, Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclerosis, Autism, Arthritis, Limb Absence, Scoliosis, Spina Bifida, Epilepsy, Brain Injury, Developmental Disabilities, Down’s Syndrome, Dwarfism, Blindness, Hearing and Speech Impediments, various Social or Emotional conditions and Learning Disabilities. Some of the more common disabilities suitable for therapeutic riding lessons include:
Some very special horses Flame Star Luke
What is Hippotherapy? A widely accepted method of improving the physical and mental well-being of people with special needs. Pippa Hodge, Physiotherapist with a Hippotherapy Clinical Specialty, is a co-founder of VTEA and a founding and board member of the American Hippotherapy Association.
Who is involved? • The child • The horse • The trainer • Volunteers
Hippotherapy offers • Mental benefits • Physical benefits • Independence from wheelchairs and crutches • Recreation • A sense of achievement
I CAN! (last verse) Yes, I enjoy the "Sport of Kings"When carried high my feet take wingsTo fly me on a pleasure courseFor I CAN mount and ride a HORSE!
VTEA – Quick Facts • Non-profit charity • Volunteer based • Started in 1983 • Operates round the year • serving 70 riders per week, with 10 - 12 horses
Our challenge • We wish to serve all those who would like to participate • The services are costly • The Province of British Columbia does provide some financial support • We urgently need more donors on an ongoing basis
How you can help • Make a donation • Volunteer • Sponsor a horse • Give a horse • Make donations in kind (hay, materials) • Participate in charity events run by others
What Donors Gain • Prestige in being associated with a most worthwhile charity • Recognition on the website • Increased visibility for major donations (logo and link)
What Volunteers Gain When you see the way our special children relate to their horse, it will inspire you in a way that nothing else can. They are elated ... and you will share in that elation.
How to get more information • Visit the website www.vtea.ca • Subscribe to the newsletter • E-mail to email@example.com with your questions • Call the Office at 604-857-1267
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