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.

2019-2020 Board of Directors

Daphne Davey, President
Janice Cole, Past President
Mel Gallant, Treasurer
Pat Lush, Secretary
Lynda MacSwain, Director
Butch McGee, Director
Jim McQuaid, Director
Elizabeth Rankin, Director
Karen Thompson, Director
Dr. Cheryl Wenn, Director
Andy Robb, Director Emeritus

Ex officio

Kathy Barrett, Chief Instructor
Trish Helm-Neima, Physiotherapist
Kerry O’Connor, Physiotherapist
Deena Robb, Volunteer Coordinator
Nicole Kitchener, Social Media Coordinator

Program Team

Kathy Barrett, CanTRA Coach
Daphne Davey, CTRBI
Debbie Gormley, CTRBI
Marg Gray, CTRBI
Trish Helm-Neima, CTRBI
Lauren MacIsaac, CTRBI
Gilles Richard, CTRBI
Trish Helm-Neima, CTRBI, PT
Kerry O’Connor, PT
Deena Robb, Volunteer Coordinator
Julie Scales, Rider Coordinator
All photos by Daphne Davey unless otherwise attributed.