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.
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.
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.
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).
Make a Donation!
We have been the recipient of many generous donations from local service clubs, organizations, individuals, and foundations and are extremely grateful for the support.
These contributions are absolutely necessary to support our mission to provide a transformative experience through our distinctly designed programs for individuals with (dis)abilities or unique needs.
Benoit Dube - Executive Director
Barb Sheperd - Development Officer
Robyn Allen - Program Manager & Physiotherapist
Michelle Lemire - Volunteer Coordinator (Interim)
Emma Houser - Volunteer Coordinator & Instructor (PATH Int. CTRI, EC Instructor of Beginners)
Danielle Rose - Equine Manager & Instructor (PATH Int. CTRI, EC Competition Coach)
Ann-Ida Beck - Instructor (CanTRA CTRSI, PATH Int. CTRI, EC Instructor of Beginners)
Gillian MacNeill - Instructor (CanTRA CTRII, PATH Int. CTRI)
Shannon Speer - Recreation Therapist
Gretel Stanish - Property & Barn Manager