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, in the Markdale area. Hope Haven offers professional and safe adaptive riding and horsemanship programs as well as therapy programs for individuals of all ages and abilities who may have physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social challenges.

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.

Our indoor riding arena allows for our equestrian programs to occur all year round. Our outdoor riding arena and extensive trail system lets our riders enjoy the picturesque surroundings of Hope Haven during the summer months.

We have two barns containing eighteen box stalls and nine paddocks for our horse herd.

We also have a large indoor activity centre used for our Saddle Up For Success school program, summer camp and special events.


Meet Our Team

We bring together people with horses, expert staff, parents and volunteers to create a community of hope and empowerment.


Our Programs

We offer adaptive riding and horsemanship as well as therapy programs for individuals of all ages who have physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social challenges.

Goals of our participants are tailored towards each individual's unique needs and abilities. Goals may range from being able to lead a horse on foot through an obstable course to competing in a dressage competition, or maybe even independent walking as a functional goal in our Physiotherapy (hippotherapy) sessions.


As a Hope Haven Volunteer, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you are making a profound and life-altering difference for children and adults with emotional, physical or intellectual challenges. 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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Benoit Dube - Executive Director

Barb Sheperd - Development Officer

Robyn Allen - Program Manager & Physiotherapist

Brooke North - Interim Volunteer Coordinator

Emma Houser - Volunteer Coordinator & Instructor (PATH Int. CTRI)

Danielle Rose - Equine Manager & Instructor (PATH Int. CTRI)

Ann-Ida Beck - Instructor (CanTRA CTRSI, PATH Int. CTRI)

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

Shannon Speer - Recreation Therapist

Gretel Stanish - Property & Barn Manager