About Us

Joyriders is an incorporated non-profit organization and a registered charity. We are governed by a twelve-person volunteer board of directors. In addition, the head instructor, the physiotherapist and the volunteer coordinator are ex-officio members of the board. CANTRA logo Our annual general meeting is held in May, and visitors are always welcome. The principal tasks of the board are advocacy and facilitation for the program, and fund raising to help meet the operating and equipment needs. Joyriders is a fully-certified and accredited member of the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association (CanTRA).

Since January 2016 our home is the River Trails Ranch in Hunter River, owned and operated by John and Kathy Barrett.

2018-2019 Board of Directors

Janice Cole, President
Treasurer, Mel Gallant
Secretary, Pat Lush
Butch McGee, Member
Jim McQuaid, Member
Dr. Cheryl Wenn, Member
Lynda MacSwain, Member
Karen Thompson, Member
Therese Norris, Member
Andy Robb, Director Emeritus
Kathy Barrett, Chief Instructor
Trish Helm-Neima, Physiotherapist
Deena Robb, Volunteer Coordinator
Nicole Kitchener, Social Media Coordinator

Program Team

Kathy Barrett, CanTRA Coach
Trish Helm-Neima, Physiotherapist
Julie Scales, Rider Coordinator
Ellen McCloskey, Applications Coordinator

CTRBI Assistant Instructors

Gilles Richard
Daphne Davey
Debbie Gormley
Marg Gray
Trish Helm-Neima
Stephanie Compton
Lauren MacIsaac
All photos by Daphne Davey unless otherwise attributed.