Hope Haven Centre isn't your typical equestrian center. Nestled on 142 acres overlooking the breathtaking Beaver Valley, just a two-hour journey north of Toronto, we're a specialized haven designed for individuals with disabilities. Regardless of your specific challenge, our dedicated team tailors therapeutic and recreational programs using the power of horses to create a safe and positive environment for growth.

Our Facility

Hope Haven is a CanTRA accredited facility located in the heart of Beaver Valley, just on the outskirts of Markdale, Ontario.

Hope Haven includes 3 barns containing 22 box stalls and 13 paddocks for our fabulous herd of horses. We have 2 indoor riding arenas with a fully accessible bathroom that permit our programs to occur year round.  Our beautiful outdoor dressage ring as well as our extensive trails through our fields and forests are enjoyed in the warmer months and allow participants to take in the picturesque surroundings of Hope Haven. Our office and spacious activity centre are located in an adjacent building, which houses our second fully accessible bathroom.


Meet Our Team

We bring together participants and their families with horses, specially trained staff and volunteers to create a community of hope and empowerment.


Our Programs

We offer equestrian sport, horsemanship, learning and therapy programs. Regardless of your ability, or (dis)ability, we adapt our programs and services to your unique needs in a safe and positive environment.

Achieving the ability to lead a horse on foot through an obstacle course or competing in a dressage competition are examples of goals in our adaptive equestrian programs. Strengthening interpersonal skills or improving emotional regulation are common goals in our Equine Assisted Learning programs. Achieving improvement in dynamic trunk stability or overall postural control are examples of functional goals in Physiotherapy (hippotherapy).


As a Hope Haven Volunteer, you are directly contributing to creating a profound experience for our participants and their families. You are an integral part of our Hope community and we could not make Hope Happen without you. It is not necessary to have experience – we will train you!


545747 Sideroad 4A, RR #2
Markdale, ON N0C 1H0

(t) 519-986-1247


Located on Sideroad 4a between
7th Line and 9th Line.

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Ian Hayes - Executive Director

Robyn Allen - Director of Operations & Physiotherapist

Kim Reain - Director of Events & Community Outreach

Michelle Lemire - Volunteer Coordinator

Emma Houser - Program Administrator & Instructor (PATH Int. CTRI, EC Instructor of Beginners)

Danielle Caswell - Head Instructor & Equine Manager (PATH Int. CTRI, EC Competition Coach)

Gillian MacNeill - Instructor (CanTRA CTRII, PATH Int. CTRI)

Shannon Speer - Recreation Coordinator (RT, EAPDC)

Gretel Stanish - Instructor (Path Int. CTRI, EAPDC)

Alexis Murray - Instructor (EC Instructor of Beginners in training, Path Int. CTRI in training)

Dana Van Den Bergh - Instructor (EC Instructor of Beginners in training, Path Int. CTRI in training)

Laikyn West - Property Manager