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"The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community." - Special Olympics International

 

Special Olympics Equestrian At Hope Haven

In the Spring of 2020 Ontario's first Special Olympics (SO) Equestrian team was approved, Hope Haven Pegasus!

We are excited to be laying the groundwork for other equestrian centres across Ontario and even Canada to apply for their own teams, creating a national pool of competitors. Thank you to Special Olympics Ontario for supporting our endeavour and the Owen Sound and District community for welcoming our sport within their organization.

Pegasus 2024 Schedule

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Horse Hunt 2024

April 21, 2024 - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Work through a series of equine education tasks as a team to prepare you for the final station involving horses! This is an unmounted event, however helmets are required!

June 9, 2024 - 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Time to race! Compete against your team in our annual relay race! Athletes can compete both mounted and unmounted with prizes awarded at the end of the event!

Hope Haven Spring Invitational Competition - June 17 - 23, 2024

Our first in house competition of the year! Choose a class to work towards and record a video to submit during your regular lesson time in the dates above. Check out the HH Invitationals page for more information!

Hope Haven Fall Invitational Competition - November 18-23, 2024

Our second in house competition of the year! Choose a class to work towards and record a video to submit during your regular lesson time in the dates above. Check out the HH Invitationals page for more information!

November 24, 2024 - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Join the hunt for information! As a team learn how to properly identify your horse's physical characteristics including height and weight. Helmets are required!

 

Contact Shannon Speer at sspeer@hopehavencentre.org or by phone at 519-986-1247 with any questions!

Recent Results

MAY 2024

Video Submissions Due

May 15

AUGUST 2024

Video Submissions Due

August 15

OCTOBER 2024

Video Submissions Due

October 15

May Competition 

  • Erin Gordon on Ziggy Stardust - 67.5%

August Competition 

  • Erin Gordon on Ziggy Stardust - 
  • Brogan Lackey on Gal - 
  • Ashleigh Schagena on Lancelot Fly - 

October Competition 

  • Erin Gordon on Ziggy Stardust - 
  • Brogan Lackey on Gal - 
  • Ashleigh Schagena on Lancelot Fly - 

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

Kim Reain - Development Officer
partnerships@hopehavencentre.org

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

Michelle Lemire - Volunteer Coordinator
volunteer@hopehavencentre.org

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

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

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

Shannon Speer - Recreational Therapist & Equine Assisted Personal Development Coach
sspeer@hopehavencentre.org

Gretel Stanish - Instructor (Path Int. CTRI, EAPDC)
gstanish@hopehavencentre.org

Alexis Murray - Instructor (EC Instructor of Beginners in Training)
amurray@hopehavencentre.org

Laikyn West - Property Manager
lwest@hopehavencentre.org