Celebrating 40 Years of Leadership

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Celebrating 40 Years of Leadership

May 29, 30, 31, 2020

Olds College, Alberta
Hosted by Mount View Special Riding Association

  • General information

  • Conference Sponsors

  • Conference Schedule

  • Speaker biographies


    Travel info

    Full conference registration

    Day rate registration

    Registration Dates
    Early Bird until Jan 31, 2020
    Regular rate Feb 1- May1, 2020

    Friday May 29 Pre-Conference Mentors Clinic details coming soon

    Early bird $150.00 members only
    Regular rate $175.00 members only

    Friday Evening May 29, Saturday all day and Banquet, Sunday until 3:00 pm

    $425.00 early bird member
    $475.00 regular member
    450.00 early bird non-member
    500.00 regular non-member
    Saturday Banquet only $50.00


    2020 National Conference
    "Celebrating 40 Years of Leadership"
    May 29, 30, 31, 2020

    In 2020 we are bringing together CanTRA experts from a diversity of fields and provinces. This conference will offer valuable tools to provide excellence in a challenging field

    We have an outstanding team of conference speakers and professionals in the fields of Physiotherapy, Hippotherapy, Biomechanics, Equine Para-Sport, Equine Facilitated Wellness and the ever critical task of mounting and dismounting riders.

    As well there will be two panel discussions; on panel involving experts on board and program management and one panel for experts on disabilities and specialties dealt with in therapeutic riding.


    Mentors Clinic

    This is a mentoring clinic to train CanTRA Mentors to encourage and assist instructor candidates in the process of obtaining a CanTRA certification level. Therefore all active participants must be CanTRA members and have a current CanTRA CTRII level or higher. Auditors open to all.
  • Many of CanTRA's Examiners will be presenting this event so you will learn from CanTRA's most experienced!

  • This day will include lecture time as well as arena work with horses and riders. Lunch included More details to be added; contact CanTRA office with questions

    Conference - Schedule

    Friday May 29, 2020

    Evening registration opens at 5:30 pm at the Pomeroy Hotel, north end of Olds College.

    Welcome and networking with appetizers.

    Guest Speaker: Heather MacInnis, Cargill/Purina Equine Nutrition Consultant speaking on EquiPurina, Equine Feeding Strategies for the senior horse.

    Saturday May 30, 2020

    lunch & dinner included


    Pippa Hodge BSR, SCSSP, MCPA, HPCS @ Olds College, McLellan Arena - lecture and demo. "Training the Eye of the Instructor" What are you seeing, why are you seeing that, how are you going to correct what is not going well? Do you need a different horse, change the tack, adjust your lesson plan?


    Teg Harper, CanTRA Coach & Examiner, Massage Therapist & Bio-Mechanics Coach @ Olds College, McLellan Arena - demo "The Leading Position" - Bio-Mechanics for the disabled body to enhance the longevity of the therapeutic horse

    Jane James, CanTRA Coach and Examiner, Para-dressage Steward - lecture hall

    "Leading the Transition from Recreational Riding to Para-Sport"


    CanTRA Annual General Meeting

    Banquet, Silient Auction and Entertainment

  • Panel Discussion - Focus on board and program management.
  • Ann Caine, Fundraising
  • Bren Pickel, Volunteer recruitment, training and retention
  • Linda Rault, CanTRA Coach/Examiner Program Management
  • Margaret Rigby, CanTRA Coach/Examiner Certification
  • Becy Taylor, RVT,MA Professional communications
  • More panel members to be added
  • Sunday May 31, 2020

    lunch included


    Tricia Mellor,MSW, RSW, CTRII and Katlyn Wildfang, B.A.Sc, CTRBI, EQP(B) @ Olds College, McLellan Arena - lecuture and demo These ladies will examine the theoretical foundations of equine facilitates wellness (EFW) and how these come alive in sessions. Using examples from research and personal experiences facilitating EFW sessions. Tricia and Katlyn will explore the power of EFW to address the mental health needs of clients

    Mounting and Dismounting:facilitated by CanTRA Examiners using both English and Western saddles and mounting blocks/platforms and ramps


  • Panel Discussion - Focus on adaptations for specific disabilities.
  • Pippa Hodge, BSR,SCSP,MCPA, HPCS (Music Therapy with horses)
  • Sandra Mudry, CanTRA Coach/Examiner and parent of child with ASD
  • Sandy Redden, SpLP & AHA Level 2 of Speech Language Works INC.
  • Bobbi Jo Gaetz, B.Ed, M.Ed, R.Psych.
  • JoAnn Thompson Franklin, Physiotherapist
  • More panel members to be added

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