Adaptive Riding


What is Adaptive Riding?

Our CanTRA, PATH Intl. and EC certified instructors use adaptive teaching techniques and or equipment to help individuals with (dis)abilities or unique needs learn the skill of riding. Some common diagnoses of our would be Developmental Delay, Down Syndrome, Amputation, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, Generalized Anxiety and Autism to name a few.

Skill levels as well as goals of our adaptive riders are wide spread. They may range from an individual’s first contact with a horse with a goal of becoming confident without sidewalkers, to an advanced rider aiming for a gold score in a dressage competition. All of our programs are tailored to provide a safe and positive experience for our riders based on each individual’s abilities and defined goals as established during our enrolment process. Our riders enjoy the opportunity to explore their capabilities and successfully reach their objectives in a safe and fun environment.



We run our programs seasonal blocks; winter, spring, summer and fall. This allows us to slightly adjust our schedules, possibly group riders that are appropriate, and allow those on the waiting list an opportunity to start when spots open up.

Season length is dependent on the season which tends to be anywhere from 9 to 15 weeks long. We ask riders commit to a full season and if unable to do so, have an opportunity to be placed on a fill-in list for when regularly scheduled riders may be away.

Winter 2024 = Start Date: January 8  End Date: March 23  Total Duration: 11 weeks

Spring 2024 = Start Date: April 1  End Date: June22 Total Duration: 12 weeks

Summer 2024 = Start Date: July 2  End Date: August 30 Total Duration: 9 weeks

Fall 2024 = Start Date: September 9  End Date: December 21 Total Duration: 15 weeks


Lesson Length:

All lessons are scheduled in a 1 hour block (15 min groom/tack up, 45 minute arena work).


Lesson Fees (based on season commitment):

Private Lesson = $55

Semi-private Lesson = $45

Group of 3 Lesson = $40

Fill-in Lesson (filling regular private rider absence) = $65

*This is a adapted recreation activity and not a therapy therefore is not billable to extended health benefits*


How do I register for Adaptive Riding?

Due to limited capacity, we do prioritize applicants with a medical diagnosis or identified social-emotional need by a professional.

If you are brand new to Hope, please complete the following:

  1. Online Participant Application
  2. Online Professional Referral Form

Click here to bring you to the applications page.

If you are a past participant in any program, please contact our office to see what your next steps are for registering.


Invoicing Policy

We run on a seasonal schedule and invoices are emailed at the beginning of each season. If you have conflicts with dates, we allow up to 2 lessons in a season to be removed from an invoice only PRIOR to a season starting. Any cancellations following will be just considered a missed lesson.

If you require assistance with funding, click here to view some possible community sponsorship options on our Applications & Forms page.

For more information, please call 519-986-1247 and ask for Robyn, or email


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

Kim Reain - Development Officer

Robyn Allen - Program Manager & Physiotherapist

Michelle Lemire - Volunteer Coordinator

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

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

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

Shannon Speer - Recreational Therapist & Equine Assisted Personal Development Coach

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

Alexis Murray - Instructor (EC Instructor of Beginners in Training)

Laikyn West - Property Manager