HOPE HAVEN

THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTRE

With Gratitude to Founder, James W. Gill
and the Gill Family Charitable Trust

Hope Haven is a 142 acre specialized equestrian centre located on top of the Beaver Valley, 2 hours north of Toronto. Hope Haven offers equestrian sport, horsemanship 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 learning environment.

Our Facility

Hope Haven is a CanTRA accredited facility that is located on 142 acres of beautiful farmland on the top of Beaver Valley, just on the outskirts of Markdale Ontario.

Hope Haven includes two barns containing eighteen box stalls and thirteen paddocks for our fabulous herd of horses. We have an indoor riding arena with a fully accessible bathroom that permits 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.

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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.

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Our Programs

We offer equestrian sport, horsemanship 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 learning 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 Therapeutic Recreation programs. Achieving improvement in dynamic trunk stability or overall postural control are examples of functional goals in Physiotherapy (hippotherapy).

Volunteer

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!

Contact

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

(t) 519-986-1247

Directions

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

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Benoit Dube - Executive Director
execdir@hopehavencentre.org

Barb Sheperd - Development Officer
partnerships@hopehavencentre.org

Robyn Allen - Program Manager & Physiotherapist
program@hopehavencentre.org

Michelle Lemire - Volunteer Coordinator (Interim)
volunteer@hopehavencentre.org

Emma Houser - Volunteer Coordinator & Instructor (PATH Int. CTRI, EC Instructor of Beginners)
ehouser@hopehavencentre.org

Danielle Rose - Equine Manager & Instructor (PATH Int. CTRI, EC Competition Coach)
drose@hopehavencentre.org

Ann-Ida Beck - Instructor (CanTRA CTRSI, PATH Int. CTRI, EC Instructor of Beginners)
abeck@hopehavencentre.org

Gillian MacNeill - Instructor (CanTRA CTRII, PATH Int. CTRI)
gmacneill@hopehavencentre.org

Shannon Speer - Recreational Therapist
sspeer@hopehavencentre.org

Gretel Stanish - Property & Barn Manager
gstanish@hopehavencentre.org